IBL: Thunderbirds Can’t Top the Majors

The Hamilton Thunderbirds fell short Friday evening as the team visited the London Majors in their home opener. Despite a solid effort the team ended up on the losing end 6-2.

London opened up the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Tyler Graham hit a single and would then steal second and third before crossing the plate on an error by the catcher. The Majors would add another run in the bottom of the fifth before Hamilton would come back.


The second batter of the inning Mike Gottschalk got advanced to first on a walk, and then to second after Adam Durfee was also walked. A wild pitch during the next at bat would put Gottschalk into scoring position. Darnell Duckett then hit an RBI single to drive Gottschalk in.

At the very next at bat Durfee would cross the plate on an RBI single by James Anderson. The Thunderbirds put up 2 runs during the inning to tie the game at two runs a piece.

London would pull away in the bottom of the inning hitting a two run homerun and adding another two in the bottom of the eighth to clinch the game.

Matt Martinow pitched a complete eight innings in the losing effort, giving up eight hits. The Thunderbirds were charged with three errors on the night.

Hamilton drops to 0-5* on the season.

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Next the Hamilton Thunderbirds head to Brantford to take on the Red Sox at Arnold Anderson Stadium. Game time is 2pm. You can catch your Thunderbirds next home game this Sunday afternoon at 2pm at Bernie Arbour Stadium. The game will also be broadcast on same day tape delay on Cable 14 at 8:00pm. Tickets are just $5.00

*Interestingly enough the IBL website lists this loss as only the fourth loss of the season. The fourth Thunderbirds’ game of the season, last Friday hosting Ottawa, was initially rained out and postponed in the bottom of the seventh inning. The postponment was later reversed and the game finalized after the sixth inning. Hamilton lost that game, which was the fourth loss of the season.

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