Big Team Win At Home For Brantford
BRANTFORD - The Hamilton Cardinals came to Brantford looking for revenge, having lost to the Red Sox in their encounter just 5 days previously. Instead they encountered a new look Brantford Red Sox, in both lineup and game play.
Making their Brantford Red Sox debut were import third baseman Jamiel Orozco and second baseman Brodie Mackay. Also returning to the roster was starting pitcher Andre Wojtarowicz, in his first appearance in just over a month. New blood seemed to rejuvenate the Red Sox on this night, with the Sox putting together their first solid 9 inning team effort of the season.
In a tightly contested matchup early on, Brantford dealt the first blows with a run in each of the 1st and 3rd innings. Hamilton answered back, however, with a run in the 5th and 7th innings.
Tied 2-2 at the 7th inning stretch, Brantford went to work in the bottom of the inning. With 2 outs, Roger Keen, Brodie Mackay, and Lucas Bateman all worked walks to load the bases. The Cardinals went to their bullpen, but the Red Sox continued to press. Keen scored on a passed ball before Jesse Fishbaum drew another walk to reload the bases. Jamiel Orozco then crushed a ground rule double over the right field fence to score Mackay and Bateman, giving Brantford a 5-2 lead with 2 innings to go.
Brantford would manufacture an insurance run in the 8th inning. Liam Sutherland stole 2nd and then advanced to 3rd on a Stefan Strecker wild pitch, before being brought home on an Evan Ryan sacrifice fly. The Red Sox's pitching and defence would hold the Cardinals, and the final score was Brantford 6 Hamilton 2.
FOR BRANTFORD: The Red Sox made the absolute most of just 4 total team hits, by drawing 6 walks and stealing 4 bases. Brantford stranded just 4 runners on the night. Starter Andre Wojtarowicz went 3 innings, giving up 0 runs on 2 hits while striking out 5 to earn the win. Gabe Bruder locked things down, pitching the final 2.2 innings and giving up 0 runs on 2 hits while striking out 3.
NEXT UP: The Red Sox have 3 more games in the next 4 days. After a day off on Thursday, Brantford is back home on Friday hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs with an 8 pm start at Arnold Anderson Stadium. The Sox then visit Guelph on Saturday before wrapping the week in Kitchener on Sunday.
Brantford Red Sox summer camp is back this year from July 18-22! For more information and to register your kids please visit brantfordredsox.com/summer-camp