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CARDINALS CROWN ROYALS

By Mike Marasco, 07/18/15, 11:00PM EDT

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A night after the Cardinals were batted around every which way by the Bandits, they rebounded to defeat the Royals in Guelph by a score of 13-3.  Kyle Adoranti pitched five strong innings for Hamilton before allowing a run.  At the plate, Jon Saporsantos bat was hot, hitting a pair of home runs while knocking in five runs.  In his last five games Saporsantos has gone 10-for-17.  With five games left in the regular season, the Cardinals sit two and half games behind Burlington for sixth place.

It didn’t take long for the Cardinals bats to come alive tonight. Saporsantos and Dre Celestijn opened up the second inning with back to back singled but Jonathan Palumbo followed that up by hitting into a double play.  Lucas Pattison would then get a single of his own which allowed Saporsantos to cross the plate for the game’s opening run.  Jake Chiaravalle would then get his first hit of the season, a double, which brought in Pattison to give Hamilton a 2-0 lead.

Hamilton extended their lead in the fourth inning as Celestijn got on with his second single of the game and later crossed the plate when Chiaravalle reached on a fielder’s choice to make it 3-0.  Saporsantos would then hit a two-run and three-run home runs in the fifth and sixth innings respectively, which booked ended Jake Osborne scoring on a Joel Brophy single in the sixth.

Adoranti would hold the Royals off the board until the sixth inning.  Chandler McLaren drew a one out walk, the fifth walk given up in the game, and scored on the very next pitch when Jeff MacLeod hit a two run home run.  Clayton Truex would then hit a ground rule double but would be stranded at second with Hamilton leading Guelph 9-2.

Each team would add a run in the seventh inning and the Cardinals added three in the ninth, including two runs on Kyle Gappa’s pinch hit bases loaded single, to take the game 13-3.

For the Cardinals, Adoranti started the game and picked up the win going six and a third innings, allowing three runs on three hits, walking eight and striking out four.  Tanner Guindon went the final two and two-thirds, striking out six of the nine batters he faced.

For Guelph, Kody Bradley took the loss going five innings, allowing five runs, two of which were unearned, on eight hits, walking two and striking out one.  Roberto Suppa took over to start the sixth and went one and two-thirds innings allowing five runs on six hits, walking two and striking out one.  Bryce Macdonald-Wilson then took to the mound and went an inning and a third, striking out two Hamilton batters.  Jeremy Ware pitched the ninth inning allowing three runs on three hits, walking three and striking out one.

Hamilton looks to keep the bats hot on Sunday as they host the Barrie Baycats for the final regular season meeting.  First pitch is scheduled for 2:00pm.

 

INNINGS

 

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HAMILTON

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13

17

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GUELPH

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5


Winning Pitcher: Kyle Adoranti (1-3)
Losing Pitcher: Kody Bradley (0-2)

Guelph Hitters
Jeff MacLeod – 1 for 2 (2-Run Home Run, 2 Walks, Strikeout, Run, 2 RBIs)
Nic Feren – 1 for 4 (Double, Strikeout, Run)
Clayton Truex – 1 for 4 (Double, Strikeout)

Hamilton Hitters
Jon Saporsantos – 3 for 5 (Single, 2-Run Home Run, 3-Run, Home Run, Strikeout, 3 Runs, 5 RBIs)
Jake Osborne – 3 for 5 (3 Singles, Run)
Marcus Dicenzo – 3 for 6 (3 Singles, 2 Runs)

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