Majors Get Back on the Winning Ways

Written by Dan Haugh/Photo by Matt Hiscox

Six strong innings from starter Travis Keys and a five-run fourth inning were just what the London Majors needed to get back in the win column defeating the Hamilton Cardinals 8-5 on Sunday afternoon at Labatt Park.

London took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Tommy Reyes-Cruz led off with a walk and moved up on a single by Starling Joseph and a walk to Kaiden Cardoso and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The fourth inning started with Byron Reichstein drawing a four-pitch walk. That was followed by a Victor Plaz double, an RBI single from Brad Verhoeven, and a single from Ty Mosher. 

Tommy Reyes-Cruz then drove home Verhoeven with an RBI sacrifice fly. Starling Joseph then chipped in with an RBI single scoring Ty Mosher. After a Hamilton pitching change, Kaiden Cardoso singled, moving Joseph to third base. The ninth batter of the inning Eduardo De Oleo reached base on a Hamilton error which sent Joseph home to make the score 6-0 London after four innings. 

The London Majors scored eight runs on 12 hits and two Hamilton errors. Victor Plaz and Starling Joseph had three hits each. Travis Keys who was a member of the Bronze Medal-winning Team Ontario at the 2015 Canada Cup in Saskatoon picked up his second IBL win with a strong six innings that featured only two runs allowed while striking out five Cardinals.  Daniel Gore and Victor Payano finished the game in relief of Keys.

The next action for the London Majors will be Friday, May 31st when the Brantford Red Sox visit Labatt Park for a 7:35 start.