Hamilton finished their three games in three day weekend facing the reigning IBL Champions, Brantford Red Sox, and defeating them 9-1 to up their record to 2-1. Four Cardinals had two hits each in the game, including two doubles by Chris Beer and a fifth inning two-run home run by John Solazzo.
Brantford jumped out in front of Hamilton early as Jeff Hunt took the fourth pitch of the game out of the park for a solo home run and a 1-0 lead. The Cardinals would get the run back in the bottom of the first as Beer doubled and advanced to third on Mike Gottschalk’s single. Beer would then score on Dre Celestijn’s fielder’s choice.
In the bottom of the second, Anthony Rizquez started the inning with a single and advanced to second when Lucas Pattison drew a walk. Kyle Gappa would then single and bring in Rizquez for a 2-1 lead, a lead the Cardinals would not relinquish.
Hamilton would add to the lead in the fifth as Marcus Dicenzo, who walked to start the inning, scored on Dan Jagdeo’s bases loaded fielder’s choice, a balk by Brantford starter Graham Tebbit. The Cardinals would add one rn in the sixth and two more in the eighth to win the game 9-1.
For the Cardinals, Brett van Pelt earned the win going six innings, giving up one run on four hits, walking five and striking out three. Tanner Guindon would relieve van Pelt to start the seventh, facing three batters and giving up two walks. Tomas Rincon finished the final two and two-thirds innings, walking two batters and striking out two.
For Brantford, Tebbit took the loss after going five innings giving up six runs on seven hits, three walks and striking out two. Dylan Grosul came in and took over for Tebbit to start the sixth inning giving up an unearned run on one hit. David Hatt would pitch a scoreless seventh inning giving up two hits while Dan Killian pitched the eighth giving up two runs on one hit and walking three.
Hamilton will rest up before they start a stretch of four games in four days starting with a visit to Kitchener on Thursday night to face the Panthers starting at 7:30 PM. The Cardinals will return home the next day to host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bernie Arbour Stadium also starting at 7:30 PM.