Tuesday Highlights: Leafs’ longball too much for Panthers
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KITCHENER – Jose Vinicio and Justin Marra each homered twice to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 14-4 win over Kitchener on Tuesday at Jack Couch Park.
Vinicio led off the game with a solo blast and went deep again with the bases empty in the third. Marra hit solo home runs in the third and ninth innings, while Dan Marra added a three-run shot as part of Toronto’s 15-hit attack.
Ryan Dos Santos went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, Jordan Castaldo drove in a run and scored twice and Jesse Hodges picked up two hits and two RBI.
Wilgenis Alvarado (1-1) went five innings for the win. The Leafs’ starting pitcher allowed two runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out seven. Toronto improved to 16-14.
Raul Gonzalez connected for a two-run blast for the Panthers (20-13), while Liam Wilson added a solo home run. Yunior Ibarra went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Blake Jacklin and Andy Leader picked up two hits apiece.
Kitchener pitcher Jacob Douglas took the loss. He allowed nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits over 3.2 innings. He walked two and struck out one.
Garton’s late blast sends Royals past Majors
Josh Garton’s first home run of the season was the difference in Guelph’s 14-11 win over London on Tuesday at Labatt Park.
Garton went deep in the top of the ninth with two runners on and the game tied 11-11. He finished with four hits, including an RBI single in the sixth.
Teammate J.D. Williams went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run, Kyle Kush had three hits, three runs and two RBI, Justin Interisano went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run, Corey Morro drove in a run and scored, Tristan Pompey added two hits and three runs, Ethan Hammond went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Noah Roberts scored twice.
Yomar Concepcion (4-5) earned the win with four innings of relief. He allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.
Royals’ starter Yuki Narita was touched for five runs on 10 hits over 4.2 innings. He fanned seven and didn’t issue a walk.
Robert Mackie started for London and lasted 4.1 innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Braeden Ferrington (0-2) took the loss, giving up five runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts over two innings.
Starling Joseph led London’s offence with a home run and five RBI on his 25th birthday. Cleveland Brownlee and Eduardo De Oleo each had three hits, two runs and an RBI, Brett Graham picked up two hits and an RBI, Tommy Reyes-Cruz went 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, Byron Reichstein drove in a run and scored twice and Kayne McGee added three hits.
Guelph improved to 14-19, and London dropped to 10-20.