Cards slide into fourth
Early lead enough for Cardinals HAMILTON – Seven runs over the first two innings were enough for the Hamilton Cardinals in a 10-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday night at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium. Justin Gideon led the way with three hits, three runs, an RBI and a stolen base. Connor Bowie went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run, Chris Beer drove in two on a pair of hits, Jon Dziomba singled twice and had an RBI and a run, Jake Chiaravalle drove in two and scored once, and Grant Arnold singled and scored three runs. Chris Lazar (2-1) struck out nine over 6.1 innings for the win. He allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits. Zach Sloan (0-4) took the loss, giving up eight runs (five earned) on eight hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out three. Offensively, Damon Topolie, Cooper Lamb and Ryan Johnston all had an RBI. Hamilton improved to 4-3, and Toronto fell to 4-7.
* The Cardinals bullpen has now pitched 16.2 Innings without giving up a run.
* Lazar now has 96 career strikeouts and 9 career wins
* Dziomba reached 60 career hits
* Beer recorded his 169 career hit and 84th RBI
* Toronto's Damon Topolie's hit gives him 789 career hits, 1 behind Kevin Hinton for 2nd all time in the IBL