Royals’ skid reaches four games with loss to London
LONDON – The Guelph Royals surrendered runs in each of the first three innings as their Intercounty Baseball League freefall reached four games with a 6-3 loss to the London Majors Friday night at Labatt Park.
The Majors scored single runs in each of the first two innings before getting two runs in the bottom of the third after the Royals had scored a run in the top of the inning. The hosts also scored a run in the sixth inning before Guelph cut the gap to a pair of runs with two runs in the top of the seventh. London completed the scoring in the game with a run in the bottom of the inning.
For the second game in a row and third time in four games, the Royals committed three errors and they’ve committed a total of 10 in those four games. Friday, it was third baseman Angel Villalona, left fielder Ethan Mohan and reliever Evan Kiser with the errors. However, the errors didn’t cost any unearned runs.
Yunior Yambatis yielded the six runs off 10 hits and a walk in six innings while Kiser pitched two scoreless innings, yielding a hit and a walk. Yambatis struck out there and Kiser had two strikeouts.
Juliandry Higuera picked up the win for London while Jon Fitzsimmons had a save. Higuera surrendered three earned runs off six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings while Fitzsimmons kept the Royals scoreless in his stint of 2 2/3 innings. He gave up three hits and a walk. Higuera had five strikeouts and Fitzsimmons had six.
At the plate, Villalona hit a double and two singles while Interisano also hit a double. Getting one single each were Ethan Hammond, Sean Reilly, Matt Schmidt, Brendan Keys and Darius Barlas.
Royals batters also picked up a few bruises as Interisano, Schmidt (twice) and Mohan were plunked by pitches. London’s Ismael Pena was also hit by a pitch.
Cleveland Brownleee slugged his ninth homer of the season for London while Yuki Yasuda also had a homer. Brownlee also hit a single while Mike Ambrose and Kyle Gormandy each hit two singles. Adding one single apiece were Carlos Arteaga, Pena, Byron Reichstein and Myles Miller.
The result leaves the two teams tied for fifth with 15-17 records. With four games left in their regular season, the best the Royals can do is third place.
Kitchener Panthers lead the league at 23-9 and are followed by the Barrie Baycats at 21-10, Hamilton Cardinals at 19-14, Welland Jackfish at 16-14, London and Guelph, Toronto Maple Leafs at 13-20 and Brantford Red Sox at 4-25.
The Royals have won season series with Barrie (3-2), Toronto (3-2) and Brantford (4-0) and have lost season series to Welland (4-1) and London (4-1). Series with Kitchener (3-1 for Panthers) and Hamilton (2-2) have to be decided.
The Guelph side is to host Brantford Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium and play the Panthers at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park Sunday at 2 p.m. They also have home games against Hamilton (Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.) and Kitchener (Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m.) left on their schedule.
The Royals are a win shy of their total of wins from last season when they were fifth at 16-20. They haven’t finished with a winning record since they were 20-16 in 2012.
Majors 6 Royals 3
Guelph 001-000-200–3 9 3
London 112-001-10x–6 11 1
- Guelph Sports Journal