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Passed ball put Panthers under

The loss, combined with Barrie's win, sends the Kitchener Panthers back into second place in the IBL standings
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Not what most have gotten used to at Jack Couch Park this season.

The Kitchener Panthers (20-8) fell 1-0 to the London Majors (14-16) Thursday night, with the only run coming off a pass ball in the fifth inning.

Jonathan Thibodeau hit a lead off single, stole second base, and advanced to third when the Panthers registered the second out.

But with Majors batter Cleveland Brownlee working to a 3-0 count, a pass ball allowed Thibodeau to cross the plate safely.

The offense was halted the rest of the way, with London registering six hits to Kitchener's five.

It's the first time all season the Panthers failed to score a run in a game.

Stephen Gade took the loss for Kitchener, despite a strong showing.

He allowed just two hits in 5.2 innings of work, surrendering the only run while walking four and no strikeouts.

Owen Boon went 6.2 innings of shutout ball for the win, giving up three hits, four walks and striking out six.

Meantime, Barrie took down Toronto 7-2, allowing the Baycats (20-7) to move back into first place in the IBL standings.

Kitchener hosts Guelph Friday night at 7:30 p.m., the start of a home-and-home, with the two teams locking up again Saturday night in the Royal City.


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