Another unrewarded stellar outing for Royals’ Javier
Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal
GUELPH – When is Guelph Royals’ pitcher Edwin Javier going to have some luck go his way?
Javier is the Intercounty Baseball League’s runaway leader in strikeouts, with 13 more than his closest rival and 21 more than the third-placed hurler and he’s sixth in the league’s ERA race, but he owns a 2-4 win-loss record.
He did get a bit of luck Tuesday night as he wasn’t tagged with the loss as the Kitchener Panthers scored six runs in the ninth inning with Javier sitting on the Guelph bench for a 7-1 victory.
“He could’ve had a couple of pitches go his way,” Royals’ field manager Dave teBoekhorst said. “He had bases loaded, nobody out and he deserved a better fate. That pitch (a ball-four call that walked in the tying run in the eighth inning) was there all day and that just kind of changed the way it went.”
Javier added 11 strikeouts to his account to bring his seasonal total to 65 and the eighth-inning run was the only run he allowed in his eight-inning stint as he dropped his ERA to 3.26. Two of the three walks he issued in the game came in the eighth.
He also held the Panthers to four hits, but didn’t get the decision.
“We battled hard with a short bench tonight,” teBoekhorst said. “We played hard, played tough. But it’s another one. We’re right there and we’re working hard. We just need to get over the hump and come back out and work hard on Thursday.”
While the Royals have lost three in a row and five of their last six, four of those games they lost were decided in the seventh inning or later and only a blowout loss to the Barrie Baycats at Barrie June 24 was decided early.
“Everyone’s working hard,” teBoekhorst said. “We need to get some more guys some more innings in the bullpen and just get a full team here and away we go. I was proud of the way we battled and I thought we had it. I just wanted one more run. If it was a 2-0 game I think it changes it a little bit, but it is what it is. Hats off to them to put up six in the ninth inning to put it away. Good on them.”
Javier and Guelphite Stephen Gade, Kitchener’s starter, engaged in a scoreless duel for five innings before the Royals collected their run in the sixth. With one out, Ethan Mohan singled and Jeff MacLeod followed with a single to right to knock Gade out of the game. Mike Schnurr relieved and he was greeted by Sean Reilly’s run-scoring single to right.
Kitchener got that run back in the eighth when Javier issued a disheartening walk with the bases loaded.
Yomar Concepcion relieved in the ninth and the Panthers jumped all over him. They had six runs, two earned, off four hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. David Hatt relieved and threw three pitches to retire the only batter he faced.
A walk, a single and an intentional walk following a passed ball left Kitchener with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth. Mike Glinka’s single scored the winning run while another run came in on a throwing error by shortstop Adam Rossit. After getting the second out of the inning, Concepcion yielded the big hit of the inning – a grand slam by Brian Burton.
Gade surrendered an earned run off four hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. He had six strikeouts. Schnurr had four strikeouts and gave up three hits in 2 1/3 innings while Miguel Lahera picked up the win as he limited the Royals to a walk in 1 1/3 innings. He had three strikeouts.
Almost all of Guelph’s hits came from the top three batters in the order as Mohan, MacLeod and Reilly each had two singles. Rossit, batting eighth, had a single, the only other hit of the game for the Royals.
Burton drove in five runs for Kitchener, four coming in on his fifth homer of the season. Colin Gordner connected for two singles while Yorbis Borroto, Glinka, Mike Gordner, Mike Andrulis and Andy Leader each had one single.
Kitchener leads the league at 15-6 while the Royals dropped to 7-14.
The Royals continue their week of games against the top two teams in the league as they’re to play the Barrie Baycats (14-7) at Barrie’s Coates Stadium Thursday at 7:30 p.m. They’re also to host Kitchener Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and play the Panthers at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park Sunday at 2 p.m.
“We’ve just got to keep coming out and balling out,” teBoekhorst said. “We won’t worry too much about the standings as everyone makes the playoffs, but I just want to be rolling come playoff time. We’ll keep working hard and just kind of get where we need to be heading into playoff time.”
Panthers 7 Royals 1
Kitchener 000-000-016–7 8 0
Guelph 000-001-000–1 7 3
WP: Lahera, Kitchener.
LP: Concepcion, Guelph.
WildP: Gade, Kitchener; Javier 2, Guelph.
P-S: Gade 79-53, Schnurr 32-24, Lahera 24-16, Kitchener; Javier 141-87, Concepcion 30-14, Hatt 3-3.
HR: Burton, Kitchener.
SB: Andrulis, Kitchener.
Team LOB: Kitchener 9; Guelph 7.
E: Hicks 2, Rossit, Guelph.
PB: Hicks 4, Guelph.
SBA: Hicks, Guelph.
DP: Kitchener 1.