London Suffers Major Blow in Game 3
London Majors BaseballGreg Bowman
The London Majors had their backs against the wall on Friday night in Game 3 of their IBL playoff series against the Welland Jackfish. After two midweek games in Welland, London found themselves down 2-0 in the series. The Jackfish took Game 1 6-3 on Tuesday, then ran away with Game 2 by a score of 11-3.
The Majors were stunned on their home field, dropping an exciting game to the Jackfish by a 6-3 final.
“We got some runs, but you’d always like to get some more,” said manager Roop Chanderdat after the loss.
The Majors got off to the start they needed, with Yuki Yasuda leading off with a single on London’s first at-bat. After Yasuda was advanced to third, Cleveland Brownlee brought him home with a flare single that dropped in shallow right field. Ismael Peña followed that up with a single, who was then brought home by an RBI double by Mike Ambrose to give London a 2-0 lead.
The Majors added to their lead in the third inning. Cleveland Brownlee stepped up and knocked his second hit of the evening which cashed in Myles Miller, extending London’s lead to 3-0.
The Majors were aided by phenomenal pitching from Migel Burgos, who held the Jackfish to just four hits, giving up two earned runs while he struck out six through 7.1 innings on the mound.
“We wanted to get on the board early, we haven’t had a lead in the series early and that was our mindset to get up early and we did,” commented Chanderdat on his team’s start.
The turning point of the game came when Burgos was pulled from the game after giving up back-to-back hits in the eighth inning. To replace him, Jon Fitzsimmons was called upon, finishing the season with a 0.00 ERA. Fitzsimmons gave up a single to cash Welland’s first run of the game, which was charged to Burgos, to keep runners on the corners. The next batter was Vaughn Bryan, who hit a no-doubter over the left-field wall for a three-run home run. In just a swing of the bat, the Jackfish took control of the ballgame to lead 4-3.
Welland piled on some insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning to tag Jon Fitzsimmons with four earned runs and the loss.
The Jackfish now put the Majors in a stranglehold, leading the series 3-0. Game 4 will be played on Sunday afternoon with a 1:05 pm first pitch from Labatt Park.
Chanderdat’s message to his troops heading into Sunday: “We’ve got to take it day by day.”