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Struggling Cardinals have a bright light on the mound

Struggling Cardinals have a bright light on the mound

Win or lose, Justin Gideon just keeps on showing his all-star form for the Hamilton Cardinals.

Gideon, a first-team all-star last season, is tied for the Intercounty Major Baseball League lead in home runs with London Majors veteran Cleveland Brownlee with 11 in 27 games.

Gideon also leads the Cardinals in hitting at .365 (6th in the league), home runs with 11, RBI’s with 28, hits with 42 and runs scored with 28.

That’s for a Hamilton team that is mired in 7th place with a dismal record of 6-21. Manager Dean Castelli was fired a few weeks ago and replaced by general manager Jeff Lounsbury.

Sunday former Cardinal southpaw Chris Lazar, who was the league’s all-star lefty in 2019, beat his old team 11-5, working four innings of relief. Lazar left Hamilton to join the Welland Jackfish earlier in the season.

Aaron Duffy, who leads all Hamilton starting pitchers with a 3.15 ERA and 26 strikeouts in just 20 innings, started Sunday’s game against the Jackfish. He is the son of former Cardinal Phil Duffy, who once played pro baseball in the farm system of the Kansas City Athletics before they moved to Oakland.

Welland, a team owned by Burlington native Ryan Harrison, now leads the league with a record of 21-6.

Despite their shoddy play, the Cardinals should still make the playoffs. They are currently in 7th place, with the top 7 teams making the playoffs.

For the stretch drive they have signed righthanded pitcher Mike Bonnacorso of Mississauga and lefthander Nick Davies of Ancaster.

The Cardinals host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bernie Arbour Stadium Friday night at 7:30 and the London Majors Sunday afternoon at 2:05.

Story and pictures by DENIS GIBBONS

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