BARRIE – Barrie would hit four homeruns with two of them coming from Frankie Hare in consecutive at bats as the Baycats defeated the Thunderbirds 11-1. The loss is Hamilton’s tenth consecutive.
Hamilton got into a bit of trouble in the top of the second. With two outs, Barrie would load the bases on singles from Jeff Cowan and Jordan Lundberg along with a walk to Argenis Paz. However, Brett Van Pelt would get the Thunderbirds out of it by getting Ryan Spataro to fly out to centre field. But Hare would get the Baycats on the board first in the third with a first pitch solo homerun.
In the fourth, Barrie would extend their lead when they sent 11 batters to the plate and scored 6 runs. Five of those runs would come in on homeruns from Hare, his second of the game, and Sean Reilly.
Hamilton would break the shutout in the fifth. Jonathan Solazzo singled to open the inning then Darnell Duckett and Graeme Carey would each single with one out to load the bases. Zach Elbirt then stepped to the plate and reached base on a fielder’s choice that scored Solazzo.
Barrie would cap off the game with three more runs in the eighth off of Jeff Cowan’s three-run homerun.
The loss by Hamilton combined with Burlington’s win over Brantford tonight means the Thunderbirds will finish in eighth place and will either face Barrie or London in the first round of the IBL playoffs.
Van Pelt started the game for the Thunderbirds, going three and two-thirds innings allowing seven runs on eight hits while walking four batters while striking out two. Mike Gottschalk relieved van Pelt and went two and a third innings allowing one run on two hits, a walk and striking out one batter. Mike Fortuna took to the mound in the seventh allowing a single hit while Matt Betts pitched the eighth inning allowing three runs on two hits, with a walk and one strikeout.
For Barrie, Adam Garner started and went six innings allowing one run on four hits, walking two while striking out two batters. Scott Price and Jake Hines would pitch the final three innings with Hines giving up two walks and striking out four.
The Thunderbirds will travel to London next to take on the Majors tomorrow night starting at 7:30pm.
Winning Pitcher: Adam Garner (3-2)
Losing Pitcher: Brett Van Pelt (0-1)
Frankie Hare – 3 for 5 (Single, Solo Homerun, 3-Run Homerun, Fielder’s Choice, 2 Stolen Bases, 2 Runs, 5 RBIs)
Ryan Spataro – 3 for 4 (3 Singles, BB, Stolen Base, 2 Runs)
Jeff Cowan – 2 for 4 (Single, 3-Run Homerun, BB, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs)
Dan Jagdeo – 1 for 2 (Single, BB)
Graeme Carey – 1 for 2 (Single, BB, Stolen Base)
Jonathan Solazzo – 1 for 4 (Single, K, Run)
Tickets for all Hamilton Thunderbirds home games are available at the Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium Box Office on game day.
* Game Stats
* courtesy Mike Marasco, Hamilton Thunderbirds