Damon Topolie didn’t mince his words.
The Toronto Maple Leafs manager was not happy with the his team’s effort in a 11-1 blowout loss to the Brantford Red Sox in Intercounty Baseball League action, July 7th, at Christie Pits.
The Leafs (9-14) didn’t have much of anything going on this day. Whether it was offence, defence or pitching, they showed little life against the IBL’s last-place team.
“That’s just not a good baseball game,” said Topolie, whose club was coming off an 8-3 loss in Guelph the night before. “A couple of bad innings. You can’t give any teams extra outs in this league and they capitalized. We played terrible defence and didn’t get any hits today.
“Just a rough weekend all around.”
Powered by three early solo homers to jump out in front, 4-1, Brantford (2-20) put the game away with a seven-run outburst in the top of the fifth inning off reliever Andrew Simonetti that was ignited by some poor Toronto defence.
Both of the Brantford’s wins this season have come against the Leafs.
“It’s just too hard to catch up when you’re that far behind,” said Topolie, whose club only managed four hits. “We were flat and didn’t play well today. We got a lot of games left and we just got to write this one off and get ready to play the rest of the year.”
Edison Frias (1-3) was dominate in shutting down the Leafs offence over seven innings. The Brantford starter gave up just an unearned run on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Mike Bucci and Michael Bannon each pitched a shutout inning to wrap things up.
Gianfranco Morello and Nic Burdett each had a solo home run and three RBIs, while Doug Parks also went deep to lead a 17-hit Brantford attack.
Zach Sloan (0-6) was dinged for three solo homers in four innings of work on the mound for the Leafs. The starter, who has struggled this season, gave up four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one. Simonetti gave up seven runs on eight hits in his lone inning of work.
The reliever had little help defensively in the inning, especially on pair of balls hit to the outfield that should have been caught. It was a step back for a Leafs team that had been fielding much better of late.
“It’s unfortunate,” Topolie said. “Those mental mistakes happen, but it was a bad time for those to happen and it just escalated. We gave them extra outs that inning and (Brantford) capitalized.”
Toronto kicks off a busy week back home July10th when they host the Hamilton Cardinals. Game time is 7:30 p.m.