Leafs Beat Jackfish as Pitching Staff Continues Terrific Weekend
WELLAND -- Gutsy.
The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Welland Jackfish 4-2 on Saturday evening to improve to 11-6 on the season and to extend their winning streak to four games.
With the loss, the Jackfish go to 12-5.
Toronto starter Dylan Jacober picked up his first career IBL win, tossing five innings while allowing two earned runs on four hits and one walk.
The former Western Mustang struck out a pair of Jackfish batters.
Maple Leafs left fielder Aidan McAskie led the charge for the Leafs offensively, going two-for-four while batting in the winning run for the Leafs in the top of the third inning.
Welland starter Chris Boatto took the loss despite throwing a complete game.
The former Burlington Herd allowed four earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three.
TORONTO - 4-5-0
WELLAND - 2-7-3
BIGGEST PLAY OF THE GAME: Up 2-0 in the top of the third inning, McAskie's base hit with two outs scored both Justin Marra and Jordan Castaldo, which provided the Leafs with a pair of much-needed insurance runs.
BY THE NUMBERS...
2. Adam Marra picked up his second career save with the save against the Jackfish. His first save was a four-inning save against the Kitchener Panthers last season.
4. Jacober and three Leafs relievers (Ryan Wells, Sam Greene, and Marra) combined to allow just two runs on the night, one night after the Leafs pitching staff only allowed one run against the Hamilton Cardinals.
4. With the win, the Leafs have tied their longest winning streak of the season, which ran from June 5th to June 15th. They will have the chance to break the tie against these very same Jackfish on Sunday.
136: A 136-pitch performance from Boatto, which was much needed for the Jackfish, who are in the midst of their toughest stretch of the season from a scheduling standpoint.
The Leafs wrap up their home-and-home with the Jackfish on Sunday from Christie Pits in Toronto.
Photo: Craig Aikin