Guelph Royals get it together late to clip Cardinals
GUELPH – The Guelph Royals waited until the bottom of the eighth inning to pull out an 8-6 victory over the Hamilton Cardinals in Intercounty Baseball League play Thursday night at Hastings Stadium.
The Royals scored four runs in the inning off three of the nine hits they had in the game.
Kyle Kush started the inning with a single while a walk to Darius Barlas brought Hamilton starter Clay Miller’s stint to an end with veteran reliever Stefan Strecker taking over. Sean Reilly reached first and advanced to second on an error by Hamilton shortstop Chris Beer that also allowed Kush to score and Barlas to go to third. Josh Garton’s single scored both Barlas and Reilly while Garton would score on a fielder’s choice by Brendan Keys.
Hamilton had grabbed the early lead with single runs in the second and third innings. Guelph shot ahead with three runs in the fourth, Angel Villalona knocking in two runs with a double.
Villalona added the other run with a solo monster homer in the sixth.
The Cardinals regained the lead with four runs of their own in the seventh. They had three hits in the inning, took advantage of an error and left the bases loaded.
Reliever Edwin Javier picked up the win for the Royals as he yielded an unearned run off a single hit and three walks in 2 2/3 innings. He struck out six including all three batters he faced in the ninth. Yomar Concepcion started and allowed five earned runs off nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. He didn’t walk anyone and had eight strikeouts.
Strecker was charged with the loss. He yielded two runs, one earned, off two hits in an inning of work. He had a strikeout. Miller had gone seven innings, giving up six earned runs off seven hits and three walks and he had four strikeouts.
Villalona hit the homer and double to drive in three runs for the Royals while Garton drove in two with a double and single and Kush had two singles. Getting one single apiece were Barlas, Reilly and Matt Pilarczyk.
All 10 Hamilton hits were singles. Luke Tevlin had three, Justin Gideon and Grant Arnold had two each and Jake Foden, Jacob Martins and Laine Renaud had one apiece.
The win keeps the Royals in fourth place at 14-12 while Hamilton is sixth at 11-13.
The Royals have 10 games to go in their regular season. They’re to host the third-place Welland Jackfish (13-10) Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Royals 8 Cardinals 6
Hamilton 011-000-400–6 10 2
Guelph 000-301-04x–8 9 1
- Guelph Sports Journal