Spataro named Athlete of the Year
Date: Oct 7, 2018
HAMILTON - If they think too much about how their Intercounty Baseball League playoffs started it would be cause for a major depression.
The Majors were supposed to open their best-of-five quarterfinal series against the Hamilton Cardinals at home on Wednesday but wet grounds forced the postponement of the game.
That meant the third-place Majors would have to open the series on the road against the sixth-place Cardinals. Game 1 was a disaster for the Majors.
The Cardinals were all over the Majors with a 13-3 win in Hamilton on Thursday, giving them a 1-0 lead in the series. The series now switches to London Friday and Saturday for Game 2 and 3 in must-win outings for the Majors.
The Cardinals got out to a 12-0 lead Thursday, scoring three in the second and fourth innings and then blowing the game open with six runs in the seventh.
Hamilton was led by Chris Beer with four hits while Jake Chiaraville and Joel Brophy had three hits each. Chiaraville and Connor Bowie had home runs for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals jumped all over Majors starter Starlin Peralta. They touched him up for nine hits and eight runs (five earned) in 5 1/3-innings. Kyle Gormandy came on for the Majors and didn’t record an out, giving up three hits and four runs.
Chris Lazar went eight innings for the Cardinals to get the win, giving up seven hits and two earned runs.
Carlos Arteaga and Mike Ambrose had a pair of hits each for the Majors.