by Sam Aucoin

LONDON – Let's talk about pitching.

The Barrie Baycats have good pitching, and that showed tonight in a 4-0 shutout win against the London Majors. All Barrie needed was one run in the game, and they got four, ignited by an Adam Odd three-run double in the sixth inning. 

Last Thursday, Frank Garcés did not fare well in what was a one-off appearance for the lefty. He was right back to his regular self in London, working seven shutout innings and silencing a hot-hitting Majors team.

He was matched up against Jose Arias, who was just as good, if not better through five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth after three straight walks loaded the bases. Arias had Adam Odd 0-2, but the great two-strike approach of Odd was in play as he slapped one into the left centre field gap, bringing in three.

Shortly after, rain halted the great pace the game had and stopped play just before the seventh inning. Other than the short delay, the game kept its excellent flow, avoiding any other interruptions.

Ryan Rijo would add another run in the eighth with a run-scoring single for some insurance. That made room for Makaio Cisneros, who made his Baycats debut, tossing a scoreless inning. Brandon Hillier would come on to close the game.

We are still waiting for the official box score from tonight's game, so stay tuned for that. The Baycats won this game 4-0 and will be in action again Sunday at home to play a rematch against the Majors.

Photo: Julius Hern