Marra and Carrington Have a Night as Leafs Beat Red Sox to Extend Win Streak
BRANTFORD -- Taking care of business.
The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Brantford Red Sox 11-5 on Friday evening to improve to 16-11 on the season.
With the loss, the Red Sox fall to 2-21.
Toronto starter Marek Deska took a no-decision after allowing three earned runs on six hits in four innings of work.
The Polish Prince struck out three Brantford batters.
Maple Leafs reliever Dylan Jacober picked up the win.
The former Ottawa Titan allowed two earned runs on five hits in four innings of work -- striking out five Brantford batters in the process.
Toronto catcher Justin Marra continued his torrid pace, going three-for-four with two walks and three runs batted in.
Not to be outdone was Maple Leafs centre fielder Greg Carrington, who went four-for-four with a walk while finishing a home run shy of the cycle.
Brantford starter Garrett Larner took the loss after allowing six earned runs on 14 hits and two walks in six innings pitched.
TORONTO - 11-17-2
BRANTFORD - 5-10-0
BIGGEST PLAY OF THE GAME: Up 8-5 in the top of the seventh inning, Maple Leafs first basemen Jordan Castaldo hit a base hit with the bases loaded off of Red Sox reliever Graham Tebbit, who was making his season debut, to extend the Leafs lead to 9-5.
The roadside brought in two more runs in the seventh to blow the game wide open.
BY THE NUMBERS...
2. For the second game in a row, the Leafs had a position player pitch against them. First it was first basemen Adam Odd for the Barrie Baycats on Wednesday, then infielder Aiden Colangelo on Friday for Brantford.
4. A now four-game win streak for the Leafs, who own the second-longest active winning streak in the league. Only the Welland Jackfish (five games) have a longer one.
9. A nine-walk game for the Leafs after walking 13 times on Wednesday.
9. For the second game in a row, all nine Leaf batters got on base at least once on Friday.
9. The Leafs reached base at least once in all nine innings against the Red Sox.
48. The Leafs have scored a staggering 48 runs in their last four games.
The Leafs wrap up their weekend at home against the London Majors on Sunday.
Photo: Craig Aikin