IBL: Thunderbirds Comeback Falls Short

HAMILTON – Hamilton went down early to London but made a late comeback. Unfortunately, they came up short in the end as the Majors defeated the Thunderbirds 8-7 on Pink Ladies Day.

Shawn Robinson opened the game with a single for the Majors and promptly stole second. Robinson would then score on All Cattrysse’s double to give London a 1-0 after half an inning. During the top half of the inning, Cleveland Brownlee nailed a pitch which struck Matt Martinow, the Thunderbirds’ starting pitcher, off the throwing arm. Martinow would leave the game after two-thirds of an inning as a precaution.

In the second inning London added five runs to their total. Chris Chambers singled and moved to second when Julio Estrada was hit by a pitch. Chambers would score on Mac Harrison’s single to right field. The Majors followed that up with singles by Robinson and Federico which saw Harrison score. London’s half of the inning was capped off by Cattrysse’s three run homerun for a 6-0 lead.

The Majors would score a run in third as Tyler Graham doubled to open the inning and scored on LaMantia’s double. In the fifth, Graham would score the eventual game winning run on Chambers’ fielder’s choice. Hamilton would get on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Graeme Carey scored on Matt McGraw’s RBI single.

The Thunderbirds got back into the game in their half of the sixth, scoring five times. Jonathan Solazzo started the rally with a single and advanced to second on Adam Durfee’s walk. Jon Saporsantos loaded the bases being hit by a pitch. Carey then stepped to the plate and hit into a fielder’s choice which scored Solazzo. Chris Piano followed that up with a one out, three-run homerun to left field. McGraw finished the score by doubling in Mike Gottschalk who had got on base with a walk.

In the ninth, Hamilton got some momentum going again as Warren Bradley singled to open the inning. Saporsantos then came up with two outs and singled to keep the game alive. Carey then followed that up with an RBI single to make it a one run game. However, that was all the Thunderbirds could get as Taylor Vanderlip, who was pinch running for Saporsantos, was picked off at second base to end the game.

Martinow started and took the loss for the Thunderbirds, going two-thirds of an inning allowing one unearned run on two hits prior to being injured. Matt Betts relieved Martinow going three and a third innings allowing six earned runs on eight hits and striking out two. Bill Langford entered the game to start the sixth inning giving up a run on two hits, walking one and striking out two over two innings. Mike Fortuna would take the mound for the seventh and eighth innings allowing a single hit and striking out one. Nino Fasulo would pitch the ninth inning giving up a single hit and striking out two batters.

For London, Matt Brennan earned the win going five and a third innings allowing five earned runs on seven hits, walking five batters and striking out seven. Mike Arsenault would relieve Brennan going three and a third innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, walking four and striking out three. Adam Paish entered the game in the ninth with two outs and picked off the final out of the game to get the save.

The Thunderbirds and their fans raised $250 at today’s game that will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure to help create a future without breast cancer. The Thunderbirds will now head out on a six game road trip starting in Toronto on Wednesday July 13th when they will face the Maple Leafs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30pm Wednesday night.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
London 1 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 8 14 1
Hamilton 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 7 11 2

Winning Pitcher: Matt Brennan (1-1)
Losing Pitcher: Matt Martinow (2-5)
Save: Adam Paish (2)

London Hitters
Allan Cattrysse – 3 for 5 (Single, Double, 3-Run Homerun, Reached on Error, SB, Run, 4 RBIs)
Paul LaMantia – 3 for 5 (2 Singles, Double, K, Caught Stealing, RBI)
Shawn Robinson – 3 for 5 (3 Singles, SB, 2 Runs)

Hamilton Hitters
Graeme Carey – 3 for 5 (3 Singles, Fielder’s Choice, 2 Runs, RBI)
Matt McGraw – 2 for 4 (Single, Double, BB, 2 RBIs)
Jon Saporsantos – 2 for 4 (2 Singles, Hit by Pitch, K, Run)

Tickets for all Hamilton Thunderbirds home games are available at the Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium Box Office on game day. For more information on Thunderbirds season tickets visit www.hamiltonthunderbirds.org.

* Game Stats
* courtesy Mike Marasco, Hamilton Thunderbirds

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