Majors Defense helps team to victory
With Jose Arias finally getting his first start at home in front of the top fans in the IBL, the big bat of Cleveland Brownlee and a three-run seventh inning would lead the Majors to a four-two victory.
After Owen Boon’s performance on Sunday vs the Red Sox, Arias was not going to be outdone by his teammate, proving that London’s pitching would be a critical factor in the team trying to repeat. The Dominican Republican would go eight scoreless innings, striking out nine, while only allowing a single walk which came in the second inning. Arias would have six innings where he went three up, and three down in the game. Fernando Fernandez would come in for the ninth inning struggling with the conditions as the wind had dramatically increased in the game before turning it over to Braeden Ferrington to get the final two outs in the game.
Offensively, it looked like the game was going to be a one-nothing game courtesy of Cleveland Brownlee hitting one over the left field wall almost thirty feet up the light pole, proving that no matter the age, Cleveland still has the power and leadership he has grown to be known for. In the seventh inning, the Majors would scratch across three more runs on a single by Keith Kandel who would score newcomer Jakob Newton who was patrolling center field in his first action as a Major (one for three with a hit by pitch and a run scored). Drew Lawrence, with runners on the corner and infield in trying to eliminate what would be the game-winning run from scoring, would slap a single through the base at 2nd base before getting all the way to third on a Cleveland Brownlee double. Phil Whelan, who also got the start at first base in the contest would go two for four and a run scored.
The Majors are back in action on the road Sunday vs the Cardinals with the first pitch flying at 2:05 PM. On June 10th the Majors will complete the suspended home opener before playing their regularly scheduled game 15 minutes after the completion of the game. Tickets can be purchased online at www.londonmajors.com
The London Majors are a member of Canada’s top baseball league, the Intercounty Baseball League. In 2021 the London Majors won the IBL Jack & Lynn Dominico Trophy. The 100-year old summer league is one of the oldest baseball leagues in the world, with the league established in 1919, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. For more information, visit www.londonmajors.com or follow the Majors on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter at @Londonmajors