Cardinals lose in pitching duel to Maple Leafs

The Hamilton Cardinals lost 4-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday afternoon at Christie Pits.

Toronto opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning, with one, unearned run against Hamilton’s starter, Aaron Duffy. 

Duffy went four innings, giving up that one un-earned run on four hits while striking out four and walking none. 

The Cardinals only run came on an RBI double by Sean Pettener in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at one. 

Luis Jean made his first start back for Hamilton at designated hitter. Jean had been out multiple games with a lower body injury but is slowly working his way back into the lineup. 

Cardinals centre-fielder, Justin Gideon had another hit, putting his average at .358 for the year, but he also struck out twice. Gideon leads all Cardinals with 33 hits in his 91 at bats.

Toronto’s Jordan Castaldo and Grant Tamane were the only two players in the game, for either team, who recorded multiple hits.

Maple Leafs’ starting pitcher, Sam Greene, went four innings giving up no runs on two hits while striking out five and walking none. 

Toronto (14-11) now sits one and a half games back of Barrie for fourth place, while the Cardinals (6-17) sit two and a half games back of Kitchener for sixth place. 

Hamilton continues their road trip on Wed. July 13 at 8 p.m. against the Brantford Red Sox at Arnold Anderson Stadium. 

The Cardinals don’t play at home again until Sunday, July 17, when they will take on the Welland Jackfish at 2:05 p.m.  

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Written by Jarrett Matthews
Photo by Art Ward