A day after the Guelph defeated the Cardinals to ruin the home opener, Hamilton got into the win column as they defeated the Royals 10-7 in Guelph. Mike Gottschalk led the team going 4-for-5 at the plate, all singles, while Zack Sardellitti and Lucas Pattison each had two hits of their own. Keith Kandle would go 3-for-6 with two RBIs for the Royals.
Hamilton would strike first in the rematch as Gottschalk, who opened the second inning with a single, moved to second on Anthony Rizquez’ ground out and then scored on Sardellitti’s RBI single. Sardellitti would later score in the inning when Kyle Gappa grounded out to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead after an inning and a half.
Guelph responded in the bottom of the second,loading up the bases with nobody out but the Cardinals were able to turn a double play. However, Kyle McClean would single to bring in Chandler McLaren, who singled, and Tino Silvestri, who reached base on an error, to tie the game at two.
In the third, Hamilton would regain their lead. John Solazzo and Dre Celestijn each drew one out walks before Gottschalk would single to bring in Solazzo. Rizquez would also draw a walk in the inning to load up the bases. Sardellitti then singled to bring in a run and give his team a two run lead. With the bases still loaded, designated hitter Pattison would be hit by a pitch to bring in a third run. The Cardinals would get one more run in the inning when Kyle Gappa reached bases on a fielder’s choice that saw Rizquez cross the plate for a 6-2 lead on Guelph. The Cardinals would extend their lead in the top of the sixth inning when Pattison led off the inning with a walk and later scored on Chris Beer’s two out single.
The Royals would get back into the game in the bottom of the seventh as they sent nine batters the plate. Tino Silvestri took the first pitch from reliever Benson Merritt out of the park for a solo homerun. Matt Forer would then walk and move to second when McClean grounded out. Kandel and Bruce Yari would follow that up with RBI singles to make it 7-5.
In the eighth, Pattison singled to open the inning and advanced to second on a passed ball. Gappa would then ground out to move Pattison to third where he would then score on a wild pitch, which turned out to be the game winning run.
Guelph added two runs in the bottom half of the eighth to make it a one run game. Silvestri reached base on an error and moved to third on Aaron Loder’s pinch hit single. Silvestri then scored on a stolen base which also saw Loder move up 90-feet. Kandel then singled to bring in Loder to make the score 8-7.
Pattison would cement the lead for the Cardinals in the ninth with a bases loaded single to bring in two runs and give Hamilton a 10-7 win.
For the Cardinals, Taylor Bratton would get the victory in his IBL debut going six innings allowing two unearned runs on seven hits while striking out five. Merritt would replace Bratton and only went a third of an inning giving up three runs on three hits and walking two. Tanner Guindon pitched one inning giving up an unearned run on one hit and striking out two. Guindon would be replaced by Matt Betts who went a third of an inning giving up a run on three hits before Kyle Adoranti came into the game for an inning giving up a hit and a walk. Solazzo would finish off the game facing one batter that flew out to end the game and pick up the save.
For Guelph, Gavin Free took the loss going five inning, giving up five earned runs on four hits, walking four and striking out five. Lucas Bannon would take over on the mound to start the sixth giving up a run on one hit, walking one and striking out one. Nathan Borges entered the game in the seventh and gave up a run on three hits, a walk while striking out two. Scott Price started the ninth, giving up a hit and walk without recording an out. Nick Douglass go the rest of the way allowing a hit and walk.
The Cardinals will return home for their opening weekend ceremonies at Bernie Arbour Stadium Sunday afternoon at 2 against the IBL champion Brantford Red Sox.
Friday night, after almost twelve days off and only playing three and a half innings, the Cardinals came out for their home opener a little rusty as the Guelph Royals pounded out 14 hits, on their way to a 12-4 win. Keith Kandel had three of the Guelph hits, all singles, while Jon Saporsantos had two hits for the Cardinals.
Kandel led off the game walking and moved to second on a stolen base before scoring on Bruce Yari’s single. Josh Graton then doubled to score Yari. Garton would then be moved to third on Justin Interisano’s ground out and then crossed the plate for a 3-0 lead on Johnathan Palumbo’s ground out.
Guelph would double their lead in the top of the second inning as the Royals took advantage of two Cardinals errors. Tino Silvestri walked and moved to second on Matt Forer’s fielder’s choice. Kandel then walked to load the bases before Yari hit a fielder’s choice of his own to bring in Silvestri. Forer and Kandel would then score on Garton’s second double of the game to make it 6-0.
In the bottom of the third Hamilton would get on the board. Mike Gottschalk reached base with one out being hit by a pitch. Johnathan Solazzo and Dre Celestijn then drew walks to load the bases. Dan Jagdeo would also draw a walk to bring in a run but that was all the Cardinals could get in the inning. The Royals would get that run back in the top of the fourth as Garton scored on Chandler McLaren’s RBI single.
The Cardinals would cut into the lead in the sixth. Chris Beer led off the inning being hit by a pitch and Lucas Pattison singled to put runners on first and second. Solazzo would then hit a two out looper into right field that fell in allowing the two runners to score. Celestijn followed that up with an RBI double to make it 7-4 for Guelph. However that was as close as the score would get as the Royals added a single run in the seventh and four more in the eighth
For the Cardinals, Matt Martinow took the loss going two innings, allowing 3 earned runs on three hits, three walks while striking out three. Tomas Rincon and Tim Krawczyk would each then pitch two and two-thirds innings. Rincon gave up one earned run on four hits, walking one and striking out four. Krawczyk allowed five earned runs on four hits, walking three and striking out four. Tanner Guindon, Matt Betts and Kyle Adoranti combined to pitch the final inning and two-thirds allowing three hits and striking out two.
For Guelph, Jason Martyn started the game but did not get a decision as he went four innings giving up a run on one hit, walking five and striking out five. Brendan Butrimas picked up the win in relief of Martyn going four innigs giving up three runs on four hits while striking out ten. Zack Pearson pitched the final inning for the Royals giving up a hit, a walk and striking out two.
The same two teams will meet up again on Saturday afternoon at 1 in Guelph as they finish a home and home series. The Cardinals next home game is Sunday afternoon starting at 2 PM against the IBL champion Brantford Red Sox. Prior to the game on Sunday the Cardinals will hold official ceremonies to open up the home schedule as the threat of rain on Friday postponed them.