The Cardinals scored seven runs in the first inning helping to propel them to a 9 – 7 win over the Maple Leafs Tuesday night.
With the bases loaded in the first inning, Hamilton’s TJ Baker plated 3 with a double to left field to open the scoring after a single, a walk and an error began the inning.
Toronto’s Damon Topolie and Adam Marra cut the lead to 5 in the second with back to back singles each scoring a run.
Hamilton pushed the lead back to 7 in the bottom of the 5th when Jake Chiaravalle doubled to right field earning two RBIs.
Toronto clawed their way back through the later innings scoring 3 in the 6th and 1 a piece in the 7th and 8th, but it was not enough to make up for the Cardinals early offensive explosion.
Starting Pitcher Andrew Mercer was handed the loss for Toronto in his first start of the season surrendering 7 runs over 3 innings pitched.
Kyle Adoranti picked up the win despite giving up 6 earned runs over six and one-third innings pitched.
The loss gives Toronto a losing record of 6 – 7 on the year. The win is only the second of the season for a struggling Hamilton team (2 – 9) whose main weakness so far has been their pitching with a combined team era of 8.49.