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.
MONDAY, JUNE 12 – TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs looked sluggish Monday night as they fell to a hot Kitchener Panthers ball club 11 – 2 at Dominico Field.
The Panthers were led by fireball pitcher Daniel Procopio who held the Leafs to just 5 hits and 2 runs over 9 innings.
In the fourth inning, a member of Kitchener’s Coaching staff put on a temperamental display and was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Csaba Vegh.
Later in the fourth, it was Toronto that opened the scoring when Daniel Szpic grounded out with the bases loaded scoring a runner.
Kitchener got the run back and more in the top of the 5th cashing in 6 runs over multiple hits and chasing Leafs’ starting pitcher Zack Sloan who was handed the loss.
The Panthers continued to see the ball well scoring 5 more off of Toronto’s side-arm lefty pitcher Adam Marra in the top of the ninth.
The Leafs could not seem to catch up to Procopio’s fastball who, though occasionally struggling with control, managed to strike out 7 Leafs batters through 5 innings of work.
The lone bright spot at the plate for the Leafs was catcher Jason Marra who went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
The loss wraps up a home and home stand for the Leafs in what is turning out to be a busy week of baseball for the club. The team is in the midst of a streak of three games in consecutive days due to weather cancelling games earlier in the month.
With the loss, Toronto drops to 6 and 6 on the season and 4th place in the IBL standings. The win puts Kitchener at 10 – 2.
Toronto will travel to Hamilton tomorrow to take on the Cardinals at 7:30 p.m. Their next home game will be Sunday at 2 p.m. when they play the Burlington Herd at Christie Pitts.