Cardinals drop tight game to Royals

The Hamilton Cardinals lost 5-4 in a hard-fought game to the Guelph Royals on Sunday afternoon at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium.

Hamilton out-hit Guelph 7-6 and committed no errors compared to the Royals three errors. 

Royals reliever, Emilis Guerrero, was credited with the win, going four innings and giving up just one run on four hits and striking out five. 

Centrefielder, Tyler Duncan, continued his hot streak by going two for three with two walks. Duncan has 51 hits on the season, good enough for fifth place in the Intercounty Baseball League. 

Pitchers, Jose Fernandez and Corben Peters put in some very solid work from the fourth to the sixth, giving up no runs on two hits and striking out five batters. 

Josh Niles and Jeremie Veilleux both hit doubles in the game and had the score tied in the seventh inning before Guelph got the go-ahead run.

Shortstop, Luis Jean, was one for four with two stolen bases, but was caught in a rundown in the critical ninth inning. 

Closing pitcher, Daury Torrez, shut the door on Guelph, holding the lead to just one run heading to the bottom of the ninth, but Hamilton was unable to capitalize. 

Third baseman, Laine Renaud, was one for three with two RBI’s, while second baseman, Tyler Giancos made some excellent plays on defence. 

The Cardinals (10-28) play their next game on Tues, Aug 16 against the Kitchener Panthers (14-24) at 7:30 p.m. at Jack Couch Park.

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The Hamilton Cardinals Baseball Club is a member of Canada's best league, the Intercounty Baseball League. The over 100-year old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, established in 1919.

Written by Jarrett Matthews
Photo by Art Ward