Interisano, Yambatis power Royals to win over Leafs
GUELPH – Yunior Yambatis tossed his second complete-game shutout of the week as he tossed the Guelph Royals to a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at Hastings Stadium.
A fourth-inning solo homer by Justin Interisano, his sixth homer of the season, was the only run the Royals would need and get in a 1-0 Intercounty Baseball League victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Yambatis yielded seven hits and three walks while striking out eight in nine innings to raise his record to 4-3 and drop his earned-run average to 3.66. His strikeout total of 69 is second in the league behind only teammate Edwin Javier’s 92, and his ERA is ninth in the league.
The Leafs also displayed an inability to move their runners as they stranded 12 in the game including the seventh inning when they had the bases loaded with one out. Yambatis induced a fly out to third and had a strikeout to get out of that jam.
Interisano’s homer came on a 2-1 pitch to lead off the bottom half of the fourth and it was the only extra-base hit of the game. He also had a single while Sean Reilly and Liam Hicks each clubbed two singles. Getting one single apiece were Ethan Mohan and Brendan Keys.
Zach Sloan took the loss for Toronto as he surrendered seven hits and one walk in six innings. Justin Cicatello pitched the other two innings for Toronto and he gave up a hit and a walk. Cicatello had three strikeouts and Sloan had two.
Toronto leadoff batter Aaron Hornostaj, who played AAA baseball in the San Francisco Giants system a little over a decade ago, had three singles for the Leafs while veteran Damon Topolie had two. Johnathan Solazzo and Marcus Knecht had one apiece.
The third win in a row for the Royals ties their season-high win streak – they won three in a row in May after starting the season with a pair of losses. Saturday’s win moved them to 12-19 while the loss was the eighth in a row for Toronto. That losing streak has allowed the bottom four in the league to reel in the Leafs and leave the bottom five in a fight to secure fourth place, the last playoff position that gets home-field advantage in the quarter-finals.
The Leafs are fourth at 13-16 and are followed by the Hamilton Cardinals at 12-17, the Royals, the Brantford Red Sox at 10-17 and the Burlington Herd at 10-20. Barrie Baycats lead the league at 23-8 while the Kitchener Panthers are at 20-9 and the London Majors are at 17-11. Barrie and Kitchener have already clinched home-field advantage in the quarter-finals.
The Royals and Kitchener are scheduled to play for the fifth time this month Sunday when they’re to meet in a 2 p.m. match at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park, one of five games remaining on Guelph’s regular-season schedule.
The Royals are to host Barrie Tuesday at Hastings Stadium starting at 7:30 p.m.
Royals 1 Maple Leafs 0
Toronto 000-000-000 – 0 7 0
Guelph 000-100-00x – 1 8 2
WP: Yambatis, Guelph.
LP: Sloan, Toronto.
WildP: Cicatello, Toronto; Yambatis, Guelph.
P-S: Sloan 76-50, Cicatello 33-21, Toronto; Yambatis 129-84, Guelph.
HR: Interisano, Guelph.
SB: Rossit, Guelph.
Team LOB: Toronto 12; Guelph 8.
E: Pilarczyk, Rossit, Guelph.
SBA: Reeves, Toronto.
DP: Toronto 1.
- Guelph Sports Journal