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Panthers drop Game 3 in Toronto

That guarantees a Game 5 back in Kitchener Thursday night
Panthers 2019 Yoen Socarras
Kitchener Panthers starter Yoen Socarras pitches from the mound at Jack Couch Park. Mark Pare/KitchenerToday

There won't be a sweep in Kitchener's first-round IBL playoff series this time around.

The Toronto Maple Leafs cranked out runs in seven out of nine innings for a 12-7 decision in Game 3 Sunday afternoon over the Panthers.

Marcus Knecht opened the scoring for the Leafs with a two-run home run in the first inning. Kitchener responded with five runs in the third, all with the small ball.

The Panthers couldn't sustain that offense, however, as the Toronto bats heated up later on in the game.

Yoen Socarras was pulled after the fifth inning, after giving up five runs on ten hits, walking three and nabbing six strikeouts.

Relief pitching didn't fare much better either, as Christian Hauck, Stephen Gade, Matt Vickers and Mike Schnurr gave up a combined seven runs on eight hits the rest of the way.

On offense, Liam Wilson was a bright spot for Kitchener, going three-for-four with two RBI.

The Panthers lead the series 2-1, with Game 4 coming Wednesday night in Toronto.

The series shifts back to Kitchener for Game 5 Thursday.


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