Brantford Red Sox Week 4 Wrap Up
Thursday June 8 - Brantford Red Sox 11 Kitchener Panthers 5
The Brantford Red Sox (1-8) started off a 3 games in 3 nights stretch visiting the Kitchener Panthers (6-3). Brantford sent newly signed Isaiah Ramos to the mound, hoping the lefty's firepower would help them turn things around.
The Sox jumped to an early 4-0 lead through the middle of 3 innings. Kitchener rallied back to cut the lead to 4-3, before Brantford's bats got back to work, putting the visiting Sox ahead 10-3 in the middle of the 5th. The Panthers clawed back in the 7th, cutting the lead to 10-5 but the Sox buckled down and hung on for the 11-5 win.
Matthew Fabian and Jeremie Veilleux led the way for Brantford, each with a trio of hits. Veilleux, Christian Kuzemka, and Roger Keen all homered for the Sox. In a welcome sign for the offence, the Sox put runners on base in every inning. Isaiah Ramos impressed in his IBL debut, striking out 6 over 6 innings of work for the win. Noah Falkenberg was solid in relief, going 3 innings while yielding just 2 runs (0 earned), falling just one out shy of earning the save.
Friday June 9 - Guelph Royals 15 Brantford Red Sox 5
Brantford (2-8) looked to keep their momentum going against a team they'd already defeated once this season, the Guelph Royals (2-7) who were also coming off a win over Kitchener.
The Red Sox would unfortunately regress into old patterns, however. Starter Danny Howat encountered some bad luck and bad defence behind him, with Guelph tagging him for 13 hits & 9 runs (5 earned) over 3.1 innings of work. Meanwhile Brantford's bats didn't wake up until the 5th inning when Guelph already held a 10-0 lead, and the Sox could not come back. The Royals went on to secure the 15-5 win.
Overall Brantford's pitchers gave up 23 hits in total. Kyle Nash fared best for the Sox in relief, yielding just 3 hits and 0 runs over 2.1 innings of work. Graham Tebbit led the way at the plate going 3 for 4 with 1 RBI. Christian Kuzemka also contributed a pair of hits. Jeremie Veilleux had his season-long 10 game hitting streak snapped, although his on base streak continued after getting hit by not 1 but 2 pitches.
Saturday June 10 - Hamilton Cardinals 13 Brantford Red Sox 5
Brantford (2-9) rounded out the week hosting the new-look Hamilton Cardinals (6-4) for the first time this season. New night but the same story for the Brantford Red Sox, who dug themselves into an early hole that they could not climb out of. Ineffective pitching, sloppy defence, and unproductive at bats all led to the Red Sox trailing 7-0 after 4 innings and 13-0 by the middle of the 8th. Brantford managed to put together 5 runs in the bottom of the inning, but that would be the extent of their rally. The Sox drop another game, this time by a score of 13-5.
Matt Fabian continued to impress at the plate, going 4 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. Nick Burdett and Gus Wilson each also contributed a pair of hits for Brantford. Starter Danny Garcia was charged with the loss, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits in just 3 innings of work.
Week 5 Preview
Brantford now gets a break, not playing again until the weekend ( 1 home and 2 road games):
- Friday June 16 vs. Kitchener Panthers, 8 pm at Arnold Anderson Stadium TICKETS
- Saturday June 17 at Barrie Baycats, 4 pm at Vintage Throne Stadium
- Sunday June 18 at Toronto Maple Leafs, 2 pm at Christie Pits
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