June 9 - Red Sox at Cardinals
Brantford Red Sox at Hamilton Cardinals
Sunday June 9, 2019 - Bernie Arbour Stadium, Hamilton
The Brantford Red Sox travelled down the 403 to face the Hamilton Cardinals for the first time this season. Brantford looked to close out the weekend with a win after a pair of losses.
The Sox came out on fire in the first inning. Luis Perez led off with a single, then stole 2nd base, then advanced to 3rd on a throwing error, and finally was driven in by Austin Wilkie. Brantford led 1-0 in the middle of the 1st.
Abel De Los Santos took the mound, making his Brantford Red Sox debut. De Los Santos comes to the IBL with a very impressive resume - after signing with the Texas Rangers in 2009, he made his Major League Baseball debut with the Washington Nationals in July 2015, appearing in 2 games. In 2016 he made 5 appearances with the Cincinnati Reds. De Los Santos got into some early trouble locating pitches, eventually loading the bases after 2 walks and a hit by pitch. The damage was limited to one run though, and the game was tied 1-1 after the first inning.
After stranding 2 runners in the 2nd, Brantford surrendered 2 runs in the home half of the inning. Hamilton took a 3-1 lead into the 3rd inning.
Brantford answered back in the 4th. Nick Burdett led off getting hit by a pitch, followed by an Chris Iltshishin double. Anthony Rizquez then drove in Burdett. Branford cut Hamilton's lead to 3-2.
The score would hold until the 8th, when Hamilton would cash in some insurance runs. Michael Bucci, who came in to relieve De Los Santos in the 7th inning, surrendered a 2 run home run making the score 5-2. Former Red Sox great Stephan Strecker pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th inning for the Cardinals, and 5-2 was the final score.
De Los Santos struck out 5 over 6 innings in his debut, while surrendering 3 runs on 5 hits with 5 walks. Iltshishin led Brantford's offence with 3 hits. Nick Zarzycki added a pair of hits, and Luis Perez and Anthony Rizquez each contributed a hit. Brantford batters struck out 13 times, with 0 bases on balls.
The Red Sox now get a couple days of much needed rest before hosting the London Majors on Wednesday June 12, game time is 8pm at Arnold Anderson Stadium.