Woodbine Racetrack Game Report: Majors Use Big Sixth Inning to Pull Away From Leafs

by Ryan Eakin

LONDON - Gotta win on Thursday.

The London Majors used a seven-run bottom of the sixth inning on Tuesday evening to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-3 to take a 3-2 series lead in their best-of-seven IBL Finals series.

London starter Fernando Fernandez took a no-decision after five excellent innings on the mound.

The Southpaw allowed one earned run on three hits and four walks while striking out five Toronto batters.

Majors reliever Daniel Gore picked up the win after tossing two and one-third innings in relief. 

London second basemen Jakob Newton continued his MVP-caliber postseason, going one-for-two with a pair of walks.

Toronto starter Sam Greene took a no-decision after pitching three shutout innings in an opener role.

Maple Leafs reliever Dylan Jacober took the loss after allowing four earned runs on four hits and three walks in two innings pitched.

TORONTO - 3-7-0

LONDON - 8-9-2

BIGGEST PLAY OF THE GAME: Tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Newton hit a two-run, bases-loaded base hit to give the Majors a 4-2 lead.

BY THE NUMBERS...

0.1. Maple Leafs reliever Franklin Hernandez, who has been nearly perfect all postseason long for the Leafs, allowed four earned runs in the sixth inning while only being able to record one out.

2. The Leafs now must win back-to-back games to come back against the Majors. It starts on Thursday, at home in game six, before a potential game seven back in London on Friday.

8. The Leafs pitching staff walked a combined eight batters in game five.

14. Toronto left 14 runners on base.

UP NEXT...

Game six goes Thursday night in Toronto at 7:30 pm.

Photo: Craig Aikin 

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