Majors Blast Guelph with 14 Hits and 10 Ks for 11-2 Victory
Rock the Park was not limited to Richmond Row Wednesday night, as Labatt Park bore witness to a London Majors demolition of the visiting Guelph Royals, 11-2. For the first two innings the game seemed fairly even, with each team scoring a run, London in the 1st, Guelph in the 2nd. However upon closer inspection, those opening frames revealed how the game would become a rout in the 4th. The bottom half of the 1st saw a lead off double by CF RJ Fuhr, followed by 2B Chris McQueen who squeeze bunted a single. With Fuhr now occupying third, Guelph pitcher Edwin Javier threw wildly past the catcher, allowing the son of the Hall of Fame Edmonton Oilers' former goaltender Grant Fuhr to scamper across the plate. The score occurred due to great base running, erratic pitching, and hot bats. The top of the second, Royals 1B Justin Interisano drilled a shot over the right field wall with the inning's first swing of the bat. But Boon settled down, striking out the side by fanning the next three Guelph batters. The away team only got on the board due to a rare chink in the London pitcher's solid armour.
In the 4th, the Majors began their demolition of Guelph as Javier walked RF Byron Reichstein and C Mike Ambrose. Another wild pitch advanced the baserunners, putting them in scoring position, 1B Evan Britt wasted little time with a 2-run RBI single belted up the first base line.
The comfortable lead turned into a insurmountable one in the bottom half of the 5th. Fuhr tripled to lead off the side. SS Keith Kandel rapped an RBI single, followed by the Royals intentionally walking Reichstein. Fan favourite DH Cleveland Brownlee then brought the fans to their feet with a 3-run HR well over the center field wall, into the Thames. Although DH Sean Reilly homered midway through the 6th, the Royals were now fully deflated. Britt scored with assists from 3B Matt Hexter and McQueen in the inning's second half. In the 7th, London added on 2 more runs from an Ambrose homer. Reichstein tagged on the final run of the night from a sacrifice fly off outfielder Kyle Gormandy during the 8th. Boone struck out 10 batters and sacrificed just 3 hits across 8 innings. Four Guelph pitchers surrendered 11 runs off 14 hits, striking out 12 Majors combined.
Players of the Game
London: P Owen Boon
Across 8 innings, number 47 may not have been perfect, but he certainly had a highlight evening. Boon struck out 10, walked 1, and only gave up two runs off three hits to Guelph. His defensive play was outstanding, never allowing the Royals any foothold to chip away at London's massive lead.
Guelph: DH Sean Reilly
Due to the lopsided score and horrendous Royals pitching, no one really stands out as a star player for Guelph last night. It came down between Reilly and 1B Justin Interisano, the sole runs for their team, with the former getting the nod due to the latter committing a glaring error, flubbing an easy blooper up the first base line.
London: the Majors travel to Kitchner tonight, facing off against the league-leading Panthers. If London wins, they will just be one game behind first place.
Guelph: The struggling Royals, having lost 8 of their previous ten visit Brantford Friday evening to play the 9-12 Red Sox.