Majors score seven but still come up short to Guelph
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Slow and steady just wasn’t enough for the London Majors playing host to the Guelph Royals at Labatt Park on Thursday night (July 5).
On most nights, notching a run in seven of nine innings, combined with holding your opponent scoreless for five of those nine innings, would generally yield a win.
But that wasn’t the case on Thursday as the Royal exploded for six runs in the fifth and three in the eighth to post a 12-7 win over London in Intercounty Baseball League action.
The Majors would be first to the board when Paul LaMantia rambled home from third on a Steve Froese single in the bottom of the second inning.
Guelph would get to Majors starter Jordi Amargos for two in the top of the fourth before a solo shot over the fence by Frose knotted the teams back at 2-2 heading into the fifth inning.
It was during the fifth, that the wheels seemed to fall off the Majors bus. Guelph would score for six runs in their half of the frame, building up what would prove to be an insurmountable lead.
Three more runs by the Royals in the eighth and one in the ninth effectively extinguished any hopes of a Majors comeback as Guelph went on to post the 12-7 victory.
Giving up only three runs in five innings pitched, Guelph pitcher Roberto Suppa was awarded the win, while Amargos was tagged with the loss for London.
The Majors are off to the nation’s capital this weekend (July 7-8) for a two-game stand against the Ottawa Fat Cats. London returns home to face the Hamilton Cardinals at Labatt Park on Tuesday (July 10), game time 7:30 p.m.
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