Short-staffed Royals clouted by Barrie
BARRIE – The Guelph Royals’ makeshift lineup was held to six hits as they were dropped 13-1 by the Barrie Baycats in Intercounty Baseball League play Thursday night at Coates Stadium.
Due to the unavailability of players due to injuries and other commitments, the Royals used a lineup that featured three pitchers in the batting order. Yunior Yambatis played left field, Ben Reid was the designated hitter and Daniel Marquez played second base. Yambatis played left field for the Royals a couple of games earlier in the season while Marquez has also played in the outfield.
The six hits recorded by the Royals all came from the batters in the first five positions – a triple and double by Ethan Mohan batting third, two singles by Brendan Keys batting fifth, a double by Liam Hicks batting fourth and a single by leadoff batter Adam Rossit.
The Royals committed three errors in the game, one each by shortstop Rossit, Yambatis and third baseman Darius Barlas and they led to three unearned runs.
Starting pitcher Jorge de la Cruz picked up his first decision of the season, a loss. He gave up seven earned runs (10 runs in all) off 11 hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings and had four strikeouts. For the season, he has a 6.35 ERA and has yielded 28 hits and walked 17 in 22 2/3 innings. He also has 22 strikeouts.
Guelph’s lone run came in the seventh inning when Mohan tripled and scored on the double by Hicks.
Barrie had 10 runs by that time as the hosts scored at least one run in every inning except the second and third.
Frank Garces had the win as he held the Royals scoreless through his six-inning stint. He gave up two hits, didn’t walk any batter and struck out eight. Garces and relievers Brad Bissell, Adam Hawkes and Chris Nagorski had 13 strikeouts and gave up a single walk.
Tim Smith led Barrie at the plate as he connected for four singles while Kevin Atkinson hit his eighth homer of the season and also hit a single. Jordan Castaldo had a double and a single and Branfy Infante and Jeff Cowan each hit two singles.
In their last two meetings with the Baycats, the Royals have been outscored 33-2.
The result leaves Barrie at 15-8 and the Royals at 7-15.
The Royals are to play the league-leading Kitchener Panthers (15-6) both Saturday and Sunday this week. The teams are to meet Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park.
Baycats 13 Royals 1
Guelph 000-000-100 – 1 6 3
Barrie 200-413-21x – 13 15 0
WP: Garces, Barrie.
LP: de la Cruz, Guelph.
WildP: de la Cruz 2, Reid, Guelph.
P-S: de la Cruz 126-72, Reid 20-8, Morris 45-27, Guelph; Garces 92-62, Bissell 15-10, Hawes 20-10, Nagorski 15-12, Barrie.
HR: Atkinson, Barrie.
3B: Mohan, Guelph.
2B: Mohan, Hicks, Guelph; Castaldo, Barrie.
HBP: Rodriguez, DeGrace, Barrie.
SB: Keys, Guelph.
Team LOB: Guelph 6; Barrie 14.
E: Rossit, Yambatis, Barlas, Guelph.
SBA: DeGrace, Barrie.
DP: Guelph 1.
- Guelph Sports Journal