Brantford's Bats Can't Capitalize in Barrie
BRANTFORD - On Saturday the Brantford Red Sox made the long trip to cottage county to visit the Barrie Baycats for the first time this season.
After a scoreless first inning, Brantford struck in the second. With 0 outs and 2 runners on, Spencer Jamieson brought in Liam Sutherland. Unfortunately Brantford could not keep the line moving, and left 2 runners stranded with a 1-0 lead.
The score remained unchanged until the third inning. Sox shortstop Troy Banks smacked a long double over Baycats left fielder Branfy Infante''s head - but then Banks tried testing out Infante's arm by going for third and was thrown out. An unfortunate gamble for Brantford, as the next batter, Nick Burdett, hit a sharp single to right field that would have likely scored the runner. Barrie then led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run, and things were tied up 1-1 after three.
Barrie didn't waste much time breaking the deadlock, bringing in the go ahead run in the 4th to take a 2-1 lead. This score would hold until the 9th inning, when Brantford came back to life courtesy of a Liam Sutherland solo shot - his second home run in as many days, tying things up at 2-2. It was too little too late for the Sox however, as Barrie brought in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to earn the 3-2 walkoff win.
FOR BRANTFORD - Garrett Larner turned in the best start by a Brantford pitcher so far this season, going 7 complete innings while striking out 8 and allowing just 2 runs. Brantford's bats let the effort by the pitching staff go to waste with only a pair of hits from the 3rd through 8th innings, and just 6 total on the day.
Brantford wraps up their 3 games in 3 days Canada Day weekend in London on Sunday afternoon. The Red Sox then return home on Wednesday July 6th hosting the London Majors, game time is 8 pm at Arnold Anderson Stadium. Advance tickets are available at brantfordredsox.com/tickets