Guelph Royals surrender victory to Hamilton
GUELPH – The Guelph Royals surrendered a pair of runs in the eighth inning as they were edged 7-6 by the Hamilton Cardinals in Intercounty Baseball League play on a drizzly Tuesday night at Hastings Stadium.
After Hamilton opened the game with a run in the top of the first inning, the Royals shot ahead with three runs in the fifth, two coming in on Josh Garton’s sixth homer of the season.
The Cardinals got one run back in the sixth and added three of their own in the seventh that included a two-run single by Chris Beer.
The Royals fought back with three of their own in the bottom of the seventh to go ahead again. One scored on a bases-loaded single by Kyle Kush while the other two were walked home. However, the Royals left the bases loaded.
Hamilton came back in the eighth to win in on a two-run homer by Laine Renaud, his third round-tripper of the season.
Reliever Evan Kiser was charged with the loss for Guelph. The homer was the only hit he gave up and he walked one. He also struck out four after taking over from starter Yunior Yambatis who went seven innings and yielded five runs, four earned, off four hits and four walks. He had eight strikeouts.
Hamilton used four pitchers in the game. Starter Zack Gonzalez went six innings and yielded five earned runs off eight hits and a walk. Tanner Guindon gave up an earned run in 1/3 of an inning as he walked two. Winner Kelvin Pichardo and Wes Markle, who picked up the save, both kept the Royals scoreless during their stints. Pichardo gave up a hit and a walk in 1 2/3 innings while Markle issued a walk in the ninth. Pichardo had four strikeouts, Gonzalez three and Guindon and Markle one apiece.
Ricky Murray raised his batting average 46 points as he went 3-for-4 for the Royals with a double and two singles. Garton had hos homer while all the other hits were singles – one each by Sean Reilly, Angel Villalona, Justin Interisano, Matt Schmidt and Darius Barlas.
Only three batters had hits for Hamilton as Renaud had a single to go with his homer, Beer hit two singles and Justin Gideon added a double.
The result leaves the Cardinals two percentage points ahead of the Royals in fourth place. Hamilton’s at 14-13 while the Royals are at 15-14. The win was Hamilton’s third in five days.
The Royals get a three-day break as their next game is set for Saturday when they’re to host the league-leading Kitchener Panthers (20-7) at Hastings Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m. They’ve just come off a stretch where they’ve played seven games in 11 days. They went 4-3 in those games.
Cardinals 7 Royals 6
Hamilton 100-001-320–7 5 0
Guelph 000-030-300–6 9 3
- Guelph Sports Journal