Lazar and Bowie lead Cards over Panthers

Photo by Art Ward

HAMILTON – Connor Bowie's two-run home run capped a three-run sixth inning that lifted the Hamilton Cardinals to a 3-1 win over the Kitchener Panthers Friday night at Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium.

Chris Beer went 3-for-4 and scored on Jake Chiaravalle's double that tied the game before Bowie's blast, which came on the first pitch.

Cardinals starter Chris Lazar (4-2) went the distance, allowing an unearned run on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.

Yorbis Borroto, Colin Gordner, Brian Burton and Stephen Whalen had the Panthers' hits – all singles.

Yoennis Yera (3-1) took the loss, surrendering three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

Fifth-place Hamilton improved to 8-8, and second-place Kitchener dropped to 14-4.

Cardinal Notes

Lazar picked up his 11th career win and now has 108 career strikeouts

* This was Hamilton's first complete game of the season

* Bowie's homerun was his 6th career homerun

* Beer collected his 175th career hit