Guerrero Continues Dominance in Win over Maple Leafs

by Ryan Eakin

MIDHURST - Bouncing back.

The Barrie Baycats defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-2 on Thursday evening to improve to 20-7 on the regular season.

With the loss, the Maple Leafs fall to 10-19 on the regular season.

Baycats starting pitcher Emilis Guerrero was brilliant, tossing eight shutout innings while striking out nine batters.

Kevin Atkinson led the way at the plate, going two-for-four.

Maple Leafs starter Alberto Tirado took the loss, tossing six innings while giving up four earned runs on six hits and one base on balls while striking out five batters.

TORONTO - 2-4-3

BARRIE - 7-9-2

BIGGEST PLAY OF THE GAME: Up 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Atkinson hit a two-run single to right field to give the Baycats a 4-0 lead.

NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE GAME: Baycats manager Angus Roy was suspended for tonight's ballgame due "excessive arguing," in Tuesday's loss to the Brantford Red Sox.

Meanwhile, in the bottom of the eighth inning, Baycats catcher Branfy Infante stole home. 

QUOTES FROM THE GAME:...

On stealing home: "Since I got to third base I was thinking of doing it," said Infante. "He (Maple Leafs catcher Justin Marra) looked at me once guessing I was up to something, but after he threw the ball back to their pitcher I was going to do it."

On Guerrero: "He's gearing up for the playoffs," said Infante. "He has thrown a lot of innings for us this season and in his last two starts in particular have been very good for us."

On the pennant race between them and the Panthers: "Kitchener has a really good team," said Infante. "We're going to keep fighting to try and get first place. I think we're playing well right now, so we're going to try and get first place so we have home field throughout the playoffs."

NEXT UP: Saturday evening, the Baycats look for revenge against the Red Sox.

First pitch from Coates Stadium s scheduled for 7:00 PM

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Photo: RJ Rose/SOAR Photography