GUELPH – The Guelph Royals were once again the instrument of their own destruction Tuesday night at Hastings Stadium, done in yet again by one bad inning as they fell 7-3 to the Brantford Red Sox.
The Red Sox put up a four spot the first inning off Royals starter A.J. Mackey and never looked back.
Tyler Patzalek opened the scoring by driving home Ben Bostick followed by a two RBI double by Dan Jagdeo who later scored on a single by Brandon Dailey.
Patzalek, Jagdeo, Nic Burdett and Denon Koziol each had a double while Jagdeo and Dailey both drove in a pair of runs to lead the Red Sox.
The Royals clawed their way back to within a single run by scoring single runs in the bottom of the 1st, 3rd and 5th innings. But that would be as close as the Royals would come as the Red Sox put the game out of reach scoring two runs in the top of the sixth inning. They added an extra insurance run in the top of the ninth to close out the scoring.
Pat Coughlin had the lone extra base hit for the Royals while Keegan Marsden and Matt Schmidt each had a RBI.
Mackey (2-5) took the loss allowing six runs (all earned) on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched. He surrendered three walks and had a strikeout
Matt Betts started for the Red Sox but did not qualify for the decision as he pitched four innings allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits he had one strike out.
Tanner Guidon (3-1) pitched five innings in relief for the victory holding the Royals to just one run (earned) on five hits the rest of the way. He had three strikeouts and allowed a walk.
The Red Sox won their fourth in a row to improve to 16-10 on the season while the Royals fell to 5-18 on the year.
OUTSIDE THE LINES: Jeff Hunt had his own cheering section in attendance for the better half of the ball game. One the Guelph Minor Baseball teams Jeff works with in the off-season at Peak Performance Athletics in town were all in attendance and jokingly jeered Jeff on with every at bat.
The lack of rain has turned both the clay infield at Hastings Stadium and the outfield almost into a cement like playing surface and caused several defensive miscue and untimely hops last night on both sides of the field.