Kitchener hands Royals another late-inning loss
KITCHENER – The Guelph Royals suffered another late-inning loss as they surrendered five runs in the seventh inning in a 10-4 setback to the Kitchener Panthers in Intercounty Baseball League play Sunday at Jack Couch Park.
It was the third meeting between the teams in less than a week and all were decided in the seventh inning or later.
The Royals are 8-16 on the season and 14 of their games – five wins, nine losses – have been decided in the seventh inning or later.
Sunday, the Royals and Panthers were tied 4-4 entering the bottom of the seventh when the hosts scored their five runs off three hits and a Guelph error.
With one out and Edwin Javier pitching in relief of starter Yomar Concepcion, Kitchener’s Colin Gordner reached base and got to second on an error by Guelph left fielder Jeff MacLeod. Zach Johnson singled him home before the bases were loaded as Zarley Cina was hit by a pitch and Yorbis Borroto was walked. Mike Glinka’s sacrifice fly scored Colin Gordner and Keegan Marsden’s double scored a pair and put an end to Javier’s stint. David Hatt came in for Javier and gave up a double to account for the other run.
Big inning for the Royals was the fifth when Josh Garton belted a three-run homer to put Guelph ahead 4-3. Kitchener tied it with a single run in the bottom of the inning.
Concepcion yielded four runs, three earned, off six hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings. He had four strikeouts. Javier took the loss with five unearned runs off two hits and a walk in an inning of work. He had one strikeout. Hatt finished off the game, surrendering an earned run off two hits and a walk.
Christian Hauck claimed the win for Kitchener as he held the Royals to four earned runs off five hits and five walks in six innings and he had six strikeouts. Stephen Gade, Adrian Yuen and Eric Steeves each pitched a hitless inning. Steeves had a walk and a strikeout.
Garton led Guelph at the plate with his homer while Brendan Keys hit a double and MacLeod, Liam Hicks and Adam Rossit each had a single.
Johnson had a homer and two singles for Kitchener while Mike Gordner hit a double and two singles. Marsden had a double and a single.
The win keeps Kitchener in top spot at 16-7.
The Royals are to play four games this week, including three on the road. First of those games is a match against the London Majors at London’s Labatt Park Wednesday starting at 7:35 p.m.
Panthers 10 Royals 4
Guelph 000-130-000 – 4 5 2
Kitchener 003-010-51x – 10 10 0
WP: Hauck, Kitchener.
LP: Javier, Guelph.
P-S: Concepcion 119-65, Javier 25-13, Hatt 25-15, Guelph; Hauck 118-67, Gade 13-8, Yuen 11-8, Steeves 14-7.
HR: Garton, Guelph; Johnson, Kitchener.
2B: Keys, Guelph; Marsden, M.Gordner, C.Gordner, Kitchener.
HBP: Reilly 2, Guelph; Cina 2, Borroto, Andrulis, Kitchener.
SF: Glinka, Kitchener.
Team LOB: Guelph 8; Kitchener 12.
E: MacLeod, Pilarczyk, Guelph.
DP: Guelph 1; Kitchener 1.
- Guelph Sports Journal