Panthers use long ball to defeat Cardinals

For the third time in five days the Hamilton Cardinals and Kitchener Panthers took to the field in IBL action, this time though the venue on Tuesday night was Jack Couch Park. On this night, the Panthers would use the long ball to down Hamilton 13-8. Jake Chiaravalle led Hamilton at the plate, going four-for-five with a pair of RBIs. On the other side of the field Justin Interisano had a pair of home runs with six runs batted in. The loss leaves the Cardinals a half game behind the Burlington Herd for sixth place with 13 games remaining in the regular season.

Hamilton would jump out to an early lead, scoring four times in their first at bats of the game. Nate Mastervick led the game off with a double then stole second. Chris Beer then singled to score Mastervick for the first run of the game. Connor Bowie would then single before TJ Baker reached on a fielder’s choice. Chiaravalle, Laine Renaud and Cal Murphy would all single with Chiaravalle picking up an RBI and Murphy getting two RBIs.

The Panthers would get a run back in their half of the first when Mike Gordner hit a solo home run. The game remained that way until the third when Yorkis Borroto hit a three-run home run to tie the game at four.

The Cardinals regained the lead in the sixth when Bowie singled to score Marcus Dicenzo who had opened the inning with a single of his own. Baker would join Bowie on base when he drew a walk which was followed by a double from Chiaravalle’s bat to score Bowie. Baker also looked to score on the play but he was thrown out at the plate.

However, the lead didn’t last long as Kitchener would see Mike Andrulis score on a bases loaded walk and four more runs on a Interisano grand slam. The Panthers added a tenth run in the game when Zarley Cina doubled to score Yulexis LaRosa.

Hamilton would get within a couple of runs of the Panthers in the eighth but another Interisano home run and a sac fly would put the game out of reach.

For the Cardinals, Chris Lazar went five innings, allowing four runs, only one was earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. Jacob Sims took the loss, going two-thirds of an inning, allowing five runs on one hit and three walks. Nick Jambrosic would relieve Sims and go an inning and a third, allowing four runs on four hits, walking two and striking out one. Darek Bishop pitched the final inning, allowing two walks.

For Kitchener, Ian Rendon lasted an inning and a third to start the game, allowing four runs on six hits and walking one batter. Mike Schnurr would relieve Rendon, going four and a third innings, allowing two runs on five hits, walking one and striking out five. Dylan Brooks would pick up the win, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out three over an inning and a third. Stephen Gade came in to pitch in the eighth, allowing two runs on two hits over a third of an inning. Noelvis Entenza picked up the save going an inning and two-thirds, allowing a hit and striking out one.

The Cardinals would have 15 hits in the game. It is the 11th consecutive game that the team has had ten or more hits in a game.

Hamilton remains out on the road for their next game which will be at Jack Couch Park on Thursday night against the Kitchener Panthers. The Cardinals will return home for a Friday night tilt with the Burlington Herd. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:30 PM.

Source: Mike Marasco

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