By Jesse Ferguson, 4BRANT
The sun was fully set and a crescent moon revealed itself for the scheduled game of the night. Brantford hoped to get over the first disappointing game and win the second, which would be their fourth scheduled win in a row according to their Facebook page.
After managing to get through the first inning unscathed (on the scoreboard anyway– Brantford hopes third baseman Blake Kauer is okay after leaving the game due to an injury after a play at the bag).
In the second, on the scoreboard, the Sox weren’t so lucky. Barrie loaded the bases with none out. Brantford pitcher Matt Martinow looked like he was going to get out of it after striking out a pair, but just then, Barrie blooped a single into no man’s land and that scored a pair.
“It’s ten o’clock and it’s only the third inning,” said Pointstreak’s correspondant Chad Pomerleau. “We could be here till midnight,” he laughed.
Well, we thought he was kidding…
Brantford got on the board in the fourth when Barrie pitcher finally allowed a baserunner. Perhaps their pitcher, Emilis Guerrero, has his kryptonite being throwing from the stretch, because he seemed to get a little rattled only with runners on.
Only with runners on…
Nic Burdett did the damage with a double to right-center scoring Ricky Murray.
Brantford was not done though. Nate DeSouza had the hit that scored two more to tie the game at three (picture below of Brantford runs courtesy of Crystal Young Photography).
Brantford’s Martinow got himself out of a big jam in the fifth that found runners at second and third with one out. With the infield in, second baseman Marco Bandiera fielded the groundball and threw it home to nail the runner at the plate to preserve the tie.
Next inning, Euclides Leyer came in in relief for Brantford. The inning seemed harmless enough. One runner reached on an error then made it to second. He went to steal third and the catcher, David Mendham, made a good throw (photo below from Crystal Young). It looked in time to nail the runner but in an extremely odd play, the third baseman caught his spike and tripped to the ground.
The ball subsequently skipped into left field and the go-ahead run scored on the unfortunate play.
Leyer couldn’t recover from this that inning and Barrie begun to pile on.
Player of the game, however, was clearly Barrie’s Emilis Guerrero. He pitched a gem for Barrie, going all the way for a complete game on just five hits, nine strikeouts, and no runs on 123 pitches (according to Pointstreak).
Somehow Brantford emerges from this night winless as Barrie sweeps the makeshift doubleheader.
And as it turns out, Chad wasn’t kidding. The game ended at 12:12AM.
Next game for the Red Sox is Sunday, Fathers’ Day. But don’t come to Arnold Anderson Stadium this Sunday! The team is playing in London. On Tuesday they visit Guelph, before returning back to the home confines on Wednesday night when they face Toronto at 8PM… or as we saw today, whenever the sun dips below the treeline in centerfield.
The boys play four games this week and four next week as well. So the team is busy! Check the schedule here and come out to the home games at Cockshutt Park to support the team or just to enjoy the summer weather!