Sox Fall to the Fish in Welland

by B. Young

WELLAND - After rain cancelled Brantford's game in London on Monday night vs. the tied for 1st place Majors, the Red Sox travelled to Welland on Wednesday to face the other team tied for 1st place, the Jackfish.

Brantford did well early on to contain Welland's usual bunt & steal strategy, limiting the Jackfish to just 1 run in each of the first 3 innings. The Red Sox then tied things up in the top of the 4th, with a Liam Sutherland leadoff ground rule double starting things off. Sutherland, Brodie Mackay, and Jamiel Orozco would all end up scoring. That would spell the end of the day for Jackfish starter Brandon Undersell. Unfortunately Brantford would leave a runner on base as Jesse Fishbaum then watched a called strike 3 to end the inning. 

Welland would retake a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the 4th, but Brantford answered back in the 5th. Jon Dziomba got a free pass on a hit by pitch, then quickly stole his way over to 3rd base. A Sutherland sac fly would bring home Dziomba to make it a 5-4 game.

Just as the Red Sox were showing that they could hang with one of the IBL's top teams, sloppy play cost them in the bottom of the 5th. An Orozco error, combined with four wild pitches from Brantford starter Kendri Salvador, and then an error by Salvador on top of that all helped Welland put 4 more runs on the scoreboard. That spelled the end of the day for Salvador as reliever Gabe Bruder came in to stop the bleeding, but not before Welland took a 9-4 lead. 

If you've been following the team this season, you can probably guess how the rest of the game played out. The Red Sox stranded some more runners, and gave up some more runs. Final score was Welland 17 Brantford 5. 

FOR BRANTFORD -  Red Sox fans were happy to see Jon Dziomba return to the lineup, after family commitments had kept him away from the team for the past few weeks. He had a pair of hits and a stolen base in his return. Liam Sutherland and Brodie Mackay each also had pair of hits. Nick Burdett had one hit on the night, which puts him just one away from career hit 300. And Roger Keen made his first career pitching appearance in the 8th inning, coming in to relieve Brian Lui who could not seemingly find the strike zone, as Lui faced 9 batters while walking 5 and gifting Welland with 5 garbage time runs. 

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