Sox Get Clawed By Panthers

by B. Young

The Brantford Red Sox, coming off a big 8-1 win over Barrie on Wednesday night, went into a full weekend of road baseball against the IBL's top teams. First up on Friday was a visit to Kitchener to take on the 2nd place Panthers. 

Brantford Manager Matt McGovern has made creative use of his pitching roster this week. On Wednesday Mike Mueller, usually known for his dependable relief work, got his first start of the season and went 7+ innings for the win. Tonight Nick Davies, who has thus far been used in a closer capacity, got the start for the Sox. 

A pitching duel this would not be as the Sox and Panthers bats went back and forth to start the game. Brantford scored 2 in the 1st, Kitchener answered back with 4. Brantford then scored another pair in the 2nd to tie it up 4-4. Kitchener roared back with a trio of runs to take a 7-4 lead into the 3rd inning.

After a pitching change by both teams, things settled down with a scoreless 3rd and 4th inning. The Sox and Panthers each exchanged runs in the 5th to make it an 8-5 Kitchener lead.  Its unclear what happened next at press time due to issues with Pointstreak in Kitchener, but needless to say it wasn't good for the visitors with Kitchener holding a 14-5 lead after 7 innings.  Kitchener went on to win the game 17-5.

Colton Fountain and Ricky Murray each contributed a pair of hits for Brantford. Not the best defensive showing for the Sox with 8 errors committed on the evening. Brantford also stranded 10 base runners.

No rest for the Red Sox this weekend - on Saturday Brantford heads down the 401 to meet up with the 1st place London Majors. The Sox then wrap up the weekend with a Sunday afternoon game in Toronto vs. the Maple Leafs.

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