Royals solve Leafs with six-run sixth inning
TORONTO – The Guelph Royals struck for six runs in the sixth inning, all with two out, to score their first victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs this Intercounty Baseball League season Sunday at Christie Pits.
The Leafs had won the previous three meetings between the teams this year.
Guelph’s sixth-inning scoring started after their first two batters of the inning were retired. Brendan Keys hit a single and went to second on a wild pitch before scoring when Matthew Pilarczyk belted his first homer of the season. Narciso Padilla reached base on an error and went to second on a single by Darius Barlas. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Padilla scored on a single by Ethan Mohan. Jeff MacLeod followed with his first homer of the season to score three runs.
Mohan and MacLeod, the first two in the Royals’ batting order, combined to knock in eight runs. Mohan drove in five with four hits – his second homer of the season, his third double and two singles.
The Royals had trailed 2-1 until Mohan belted a three-run homer in the fifth inning to put the Royals ahead for good.
Edwin Javier put an end to his three-game losing streak as he picked up the win for the Royals. He yielded seven runs, five earned, off nine hits and four walks in 8 1/3 innings. He had five strikeouts and raised his record to 2-3. Yunior Yambatis kept Toronto scoreless as he held the Leafs to a single hit during his three-batter appearance in the ninth to get his first save.
The Royals clobbered 12 hits. There were the four by Mohan, a homer and two singles by MacLeod, a homer and a single by Pilarczyk, two singles by Barlas and one single by Keys.
The Leafs used five pitchers with Pedro De Los Santos taking the loss. He surrendered nine runs, five earned, off seven hits in two innings. He struck out three and didn’t issue any walks.
Marcus Knecht belted his third homer of the season for the Leafs and he also had a single while Grant Tamane and Greg Carrington each hit two singles.
The win was the second in as many days for the Leafs and lifted them to fifth place in the standings at 6-9. The Leafs and London Majors are tied for third at 9-6.
The Leafs are to host the Brantford Red Sox (5-8) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium. The Red Sox defeated the Royals 8-6 last Tuesday at Hastings Stadium.
Royals 11 Maple Leafs 7
Guelph 001 036 001 – 11 12 2
Toronto 002 002 102 – 7 10 2
WP: Javier, Guelph.
LP: De Los Santos, Toronto.
Save: Yambatis, Guelph.
WildP: De Los Santos 2, Sloan, Toronto.
P-S: Javier 142-86, Yambatis 13-7, Guelph; Sloan 42-27, Richardson 20-12, De Los Santos 44-29, A.Marra 19-9, Jones 7-5, Toronto.
HR: Mohan, MacLeod, Pilarczyk, Guelph; Knecht, Toronto.
2B: Mohan, Guelph; Topolie, Toronto.
HBP: Barlas, Guelph.
SB: Knecht, D.Marra, Carrington, Toronto.
Team LOB: Guelph 3; Toreonto 8.
E: Rossit 2, Guelph; J.Marra, D.Marra, Toronto.
DP: Guelph 1; Toronto 1.
- Guelph Sports Journal