De Los Santos deals as Kitchener snaps losing skid

KITCHENER - Just call him Chef, because Pedro De Los Santos was cooking Friday night.

In just his second start as a Kitchener Panther. he went eight strong innings and kept the hard hitting Hamilton Cardinals to just three hits and two unearned runs in a 6-2 victory Friday night.

De Los Santos walked a pair and struck out five.

Taking the loss was Brett Lawson, who went 2.1 innings and gave up six runs (three earned) on six hits.

The ambidextrous Mizuki Akatsuka went the rest of the way for the Cardinals, giving up seven hits in 6.2 innings of shutout ball. 

It was a rather low scoring game. In fact, not one run was scored after the third inning.

Kitchener took the 3-0 lead, courtesy an RBI single from Kenny Di Clemente. The next batter, Spenser Ross, drove in another two on a single of his own, his first two RBIs in the IBL.

Ross was great, going three-for-four on the evening.

Kitchener took a 6-0 lead in the third, before Hamilton responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Five Kitchener batters had multi-hit outings, including Di Clemente, Blake Jacklin, Simon Grinberg and Stephen Whalen.

Kitchener did have some trouble on the defensive side of the ball, recording four errors.

But in the end, Kitchener snapped a four-game losing streak and improves to 3-9 on the year. Hamilton falls to 6-6.

The Panthers wrap up the weekend Sunday at 1:35 p.m. in Chatham-Kent.