By Darryl G. Smart
The Brantford Red Sox have certainly had a habit of starting strong throughout the Intercounty Baseball League season. Unfortunately the Sox couldn’t hold on as the game went on.
Holding a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, the wheels came off and the Barrie Baycats struck three times in that inning and added three more in the sixth to beat the Red Sox 7-3 at Coates Stadium Tuesday.
After the Baycats struck first in the bottom of the first inning, Robbie Gautier’s single to right field scored Jacob Reid. The Red Sox went ahead in the top of the fifth inning thanks to Jesse Fishbaum’s single to centre field that scored Gautier.
The Baycats were led offensively by Noel McGarry-Doyle. He was hot at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to open things up.
Red Sox starter Bennett Moore was great through four-and-two-thirds of an inning, striking out two, and basically shut down the Baycats until McGarry-Doyle’s home run became the beginning of the end for Moore.
Baycats ace Juan Benitez recorded the win, allowing two earned runs on five hits. He struck out three Red Sox hitters, while giving out one free pass.
Now 3-9-1, the Red Sox continue their tough five games in six days stretch. Wednesday they host the Baycats at 8pm, before they hit the road Friday against the Kitchener Panthers at7:30pm, Saturday against the London Majors at 7:45pm and Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 2pm.