Guelph Royals doubled by London for fourth loss in a row
GUELPH – The Guelph Royals suffered their fourth consecutive Intercounty Baseball League loss Saturday afternoon as they were doubled 4-2 by the London Majors at Hastings Stadium.
The Royals scored the opening two runs of the game in the second inning, but London came back for the win by getting three runs in the fifth and another one in the seventh.
In the second, Riley Perks was walked and Brendan Keys reached first on an error by London shortstop Carlos Arteaga that moved Perks to third. He had stolen second. Ethan Mohan followed with a single to centre field that scored Perks and then Keys scored and Mohan got to second as London centre fielder Jonathan Duforest misplayed the bouncing baseball.
Arteaga made up for his error with a two-run double in the fifth and he scored the winning run on a Yuki Yasuda putout.
Yasuda scored the final run of the game in the seventh. He was safe at first on an error by Guelph shortstop Darius Barlas. Yasuda went to third on a single by Ismael Pena and scored on a sacrifice fly by veteran Cleveland Brownlee.
Royals starter Fernando Fernandez-Beltran was charged with the loss. He gave up four runs, three earned, off eight hits and two walks in seven innings. Yomar Concepcion held the Majors to a hit and he issued a walk during his two-inning stint. Fernandez-Beltran had six strikeouts and Concepcion had three.
Owen Boon picked up the win for London as he yielded the two runs, one earned, off six hits and two walks in seven innings. He also had eight strikeouts. Ismael Pena earned the save as he limited the Royals to two hits in the final two innings.
All eight of Guelph’s hits were singles – three by Barlas, two by Angel Villalona and one each by Kyle Kush, Sean Reilly and Mohan.
Arteaga had a triple and single for London while Pena and Mike Ambrose each hit two singles. Byron Reichstein clouted a double and Yasuda and Brownlee each hit a single.
The loss drops the Royals to sixth place at 7-10 while London improves to fourth place at 9-10 with its third consecutive victory.
For the Guelph squad, it was its sixth loss by two runs or less and the eighth time this season they’d lost a game that they had led at one point. However, three of those blown leads came after they had gained a lead by scoring the game’s opening run.
The Royals are to play the Toronto Maple Leafs (6-10) Sunday at 2 p.m. at Dominico Field at Christie Pits.
The Royals have also rescheduled their twice postponed match with the Hamilton Cardinals for July 11 at Hastings Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Majors 4 Royals 2
London 000-030-100–4 9 3
Guelph 020-000-000–2 8 1
- Guelph Sports Journal