Spataro Pitches as Baycats Lose Wild One in Hamilton

by Ryan Eakin

HAMILTON - You won't see this every day.

The Hamilton Cardinals defeated the Barrie Baycats 6-5 on Sunday afternoon to improve to 17-13 on the regular season.

With the loss, the Baycats fall to 21-8 on the regular season.

Cardinals reliever Chris Lazar picked up the win in relief, tossing a three-up, three-down top of the twelfth inning.

Cardinals centre fielder Justin Gideon led the way at the plate, going two-for-five with a walk.

He hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at five runs apiece. 

Baycats outfielder-turned-reliever Ryan Spataro took the loss in relief.

BARRIE - 5-8-4

HAMILTON - 6-10-1

BIGGEST PLAY OF THE GAME: With two out in a tie ballgame in the bottom of the twelfth inning, Connor Bowie hit a single to score Gideon from second base.

NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE GAME: Due to Jeff Cowan, Glenn Jackson, Jon Waltenbury, Branfy Infante, Kyle DeGrace, Stevie Lewis and Carson Burns all being away, Baycats relief pitcher Brandon Hillier began the day as the designated hitter.

With no bench and just two relief pitchers available, the day ended with Hillier playing right field after throwing three scoreless innings in relief of Baycats starter Adrian Salcedo, who allowed four earned runs through five innings pitched.

Meanwhile, Darren Shred started the game at third base, and ended up pitching two innings in relief before patrolling centre field for the final two innings of the game.

Easing his way back on the mound after a couple awful injuries, Baycats general and field manager did not want to throw Shred back on the mound for a third inning of work, leading to Spataro pitching.

Spataro threw a scoreless eleventh inning before being walked off in the bottom of the twelfth inning.

Spataro last pitched for the Baycats in the 2015 IBL All-Star Game, and has never pitched for the Baycats in a regular-season game in the Pointstreak (2010) era.

Jordan Castaldo, meanwhile, played left field for the first time since joining the Baycats in 2013.

An outfield of Castaldo-Shred-Hillier will likely not be seen again.

NEXT UP: Wednesday evening, the Baycats travel to Toronto to battle the Maple Leafs.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 PM

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Photo: Brian Backland/Brian Backland Photography