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The London Majors must do a better job of hitting the baseball or they’ll be done quickly in the Intercounty League Baseball semifinal series.
The Majors dropped a 5-2 decision to the Kitchener Panthers Tuesday in London to go 2-0 down in their best-of-seven series.
Game 3 is Thursday in Kitchener.
The Majors have only scored in one inning in this series. They scored two runs in the sixth inning Tuesday. They dropped a 5-0 decision in the series opener on Sunday.
They only managed three hits in that opener.
Although they managed nine in Game 2, they couldn’t come up with the big hit when it was needed.
“We’re not getting that hit,” said Majors’ manager Roop Chanderdat. “That’s hurting us in the series right now; and we’re making mistakes and they capitalized on them. We’re trailing 3-2 and all three runs are unearned.”
Three Panther pitchers held the Majors in check. Sean Ratcliffe went five innings only giving up four hits and two earned runs. Noelvis Entenza went three innings of four-hit ball with Mike Schnurr coming in for the save in the ninth.
Majors’ starter Luis Sanchez was the victim of some poor defensive play by the Majors. He went seven innings giving up five runs on 10 hits but only two of those runs were earned.
The Majors committed three errors.
“When you play good teams you can’t make mistakes because it costs you,” Chanderdat said. “We’re beating ourselves right now. We’re making too many mistakes. We get a great outing out of (Chris) Hammond in the opener. It’s kind of a 2-0 game in Kitchener. We have a good start from Sanchez; call it 2-2. So we’re right there but that doesn’t count right now.”
The Panthers took advantage of what the Majors generosity but they also got timely hitting.
After the Majors had cut the lead to 3-2 with RBI hits by Cleveland Brownlee and Mike Ambrose in the sixth, the Panthers used the long ball a half-inning later to add some insurance runs.
With two out in the seventh Mike Gordner singled. That was followed by a two-run homer by Panthers’ bomber Sean Reilly and it was game over.
Ambrose had two hits on the night as did Carlos Arteaga. Byron Reichstein had a hit and walked three times but the bottom half of the Majors’ batting order did not product very much.
“All year, we’ve not been a big hitting team,” Chanderdat says. “Some games we put up some big numbers but if you look at the stats for our hitters, we’re not a top end hitting team; we kind of manufacture runs. We get that one hit and sometimes it gets contagious and we can get a few more but we haven’t got those timely hits this series.”
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