Guelph Royals handcuffed by Hamilton

GUELPH – The Guelph Royals were again held in check by Hamilton Cardinals’ pitching as they dropped the second game of their Intercounty Baseball League quarter-final playoff series 6-3 Friday night at Hastings Stadium.

The Royals were held to a total of six hits by a trio of Hamilton pitchers as the Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

And Guelph errors proved to be the difference in the game. While the Royals cut down on their errors from the six they committed in the series opener to two Friday night, those two led to three unearned runs for Hamilton.

Three runs in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 stalemate and put Hamilton up for good.

Starter Clay Miller picked up the win for the visitors as he limited the Royals to two runs off five hits and no walks in 7 2/3 innings. Stefan Strecker surrendered a run off a hit and the only walk surrendered by Hamilton in the inning he pitched while Kelvin Pichardo got the save by getting the only batter he faced to fly out. Miller had seven strikeouts and Strecker had one.

Steven Dressler got his first start of the season for the Royals and he responded with his longest outing. He yielded two runs, one earned, off six hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. Evan Kiser pitched the other 3 2/3 innings and took the loss as Hamilton scored four runs, two earned, off five hits and two walks during his stint. Kiser fanned five and Dressler struck out four.

Angel Villalona and Justin Interisano hit solo homers in the fourth and ninth innings respectively for the Royals. Interisano also knocked in the opening run of the game when his single in the first plated Josh Garton who had been hit by a Miller pitch.

Interisano also had a single to go with his homer while Sean Reilly hit two singles and Villalona smacked his homer. Brendan Keys added a double.

The top of Hamilton’s order accounted for nine of its 11 hits as Chris Beer had a triple and two singles, Luke Tevlin had a double and two singles, Justin Gideon had two singles and Connor Bowie hit one single. They went to bat in that order. Jon Dziomba and Connor Patterson each had one single.

Weather permitting, the game was to be the first of a three-in-three weekend for the teams. They’re to play Saturday at Hamilton’s Carstar Field at Bernie Arbour Stadium starting at 2 p.m. and Sunday at Hastings Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.


Cardinals 6 Royals 3
Hamilton     000-110-310–6 11 1
Guelph          100-100-001–3 6 2
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