A Heartbreaking loss for Ottawa

Josh McCurdy - LF for Brantford

It always happens. The Ottawa Fat Cats are an expansion team in the IBL, and when you’re an expansion team in any league,  you’re always going to face some speed bumps.

Last night was a pretty big one for the Ottawa Fat Cats. It was 7-6 headed into the Bottom of the 9th Inning for Ottawa, when a few wild pitches from Danny Desclouds, allowed Adrian Kerr and Jason Gotwalt to score and take the win away from the Welcoming arms of the Fat Cats.

Gotwalt was one of the many bright spots for Branford in this game, going 4 for 4, scoring 2 runs and smacking an RBI on the scoreboard at the almost soldout Arnold Anderson Stadium.

Also shining on the Red Sox, was the newly acquired CF, Chris Emanuele. This former Toronto Blue Jays prospect has played his last four seasons of Ball, in the Jays’ minor-league system for the Auburn Doubledays, Pulaski Blue Jays, Dunedin Blue Jays and the Lansing Lugnuts, all Class-A. Needless to say, he could definitely be playing IndyPro Baseball. However, he would play this game for the Red Sox. He went a modest 1 for 3, however, with 2 RBI’s and solid play at CF, Emanuele played a vital part in this Sox win.

For the Fat Cats, Joe Stone and Kyle Barclay were dangerous at the plate and on the bases. They both had 2 hits, and scored both times they got on base. Zach Staniewicz continues to prove that he has been a great acquisition by GM, Duncan McDonald, and is currently one of the brightest parts of Ottawa’s fielding. He can also really rip the baseball when he wants to.

On to the game recap.

The Red Sox got off to a good start early, scoring three runs in the 1st Inning. 7 Batters would get to the plate for Brantford, while only 4 for Ottawa. Mombo got the first hit for the Cats, but was left stranded on 1st by the next batter.

The rest of the game was fairly uneventful, until the 8th Inning. The Sox led by a score 0f 6-3 and were looking to finish this game up. Steve Murray, Brantford’s starting pitcher, was pulled after the 6th in favor of Mark James. James was excellent in the 7th, putting out the first three batters on 6 pitchers.

The 8th, however, was a disaster for Brantford.

James was pitiful. He couldn’t throw a strike if the zone was as wide as a Hockey Net. Joe Stone, Matt McGovern, Mark Farago and Kyle Barclay all came in to score for the Fat Cats, and out of nowhere, it looked as though the lengthy Fat Cats’ losing streak was coming to an end.

But then, in the Bottom of the 9th, 2 wild pitches, brought in two runs for Brantford. The Game was over, and Ottawa had lost again.

It seems like this horribly ugly streak of losses will never come to an end for Ottawa, but we can only hope for an upset later this week. Besides, this is hardly a step downwards for Ottawa. We came just minutes away from defeating the second-best team in the IBL, and I think that we’re going to suprise the Barrie Baycats tonight.

Along with the Baycats, Ottawa plays Kitchener, Hamilton, Mississauga and Toronto on this road trip. We’ve had some pretty good outing against a lot of those teams, so let’s hope for the best.

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