Maple Leafs' Offence Remains Hot in Road Win in Brantford

by Ryan Eakin

BRANTFORD - The bats are hot.

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Brantford Red Sox 14-8 on Wednesday evening to improve to 14-13 on the season.

With the loss, the Red Sox fall to 10-17.

Toronto reliever Adam Marra picked up the win while tossing four innings of strong relief, allowing just one earned run on three hits and three bases on balls while punching out a trio of Red Sox batters.

Maple Leafs' right fielder Marcus Knecht led the way at the plate, going three-for-six with a home run.

The former Toronto Blue Jays draft pick hit a two-run home run in the top of the second inning.

Brantford starter MacKenzie Major took the loss, allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits in just 4.1 innings of work.

TORONTO: 14-17-1

BRANTFORD: 8-11-2

BIGGEST PLAY OF THE GAME: Tied at eight in the top of the fifth inning, Maple Leafs' designated hitter Sean Reilly hit a two-run bomb to give the Leafs a 10-8 lead.

The Maple Leafs never looked back from that point onward.

BY THE NUMBERS...

1. By pitching the ninth inning in tonight's game, Maple Leafs' closer and former big-league reliever Dustin Richardson is now one inning away from qualifying for the playoffs.

3. Three walks for shortstop Dan Marra tonight, who is four-for-eight with three walks in his last two games.

14. One night after scoring 21 runs, the Maple Leafs' offence managed to put up another 14 runs tonight. The 253 runs scored by the Leafs' offence is the most runs in the league, well ahead of the second-place London Majors, who have scored 218 runs.

.307: A three-hit game for Maple Leafs' third basemen Jordan Castaldo, who boosted his batting average over the .300 mark tonight.

NEXT UP: The Maple Leafs travel to Welland tomorrow for an important game against the Jackfish.

The Maple Leafs are currently a 0.5 game up on the Jackfish for third place in the IBL standings.

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