Cards pitcher Rajin Neger turned in an outstanding performance on Saturday vs. Nanaimo.

Cards pitcher Rajin Neger turned in an outstanding performance on Saturday vs. Nanaimo.

Cardinals excel at home, win three of four

The Abbotsford Cardinals sizzled in the weekend heat, winning three of four games at DeLair Park.

The Abbotsford Cardinals sizzled in the weekend heat, winning three of four games at DeLair Park.

The local B.C. Premier Baseball League club rode strong pitching performances to a sweep of the Nanaimo Pirates on Saturday. Rajin Neger threw all eight innings in a 1-0 extra-innings win in the opener, scattering six hits along the way. Benji Wieler came through with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the eighth, singling to drive in Jae Kim with the game’s lone run.

Emilio Foden threw six strong innings in the second game of the day as Abbotsford won 2-1.

On Sunday, the Cards split a doubleheader with the North Shore Twins, winning 6-5 and falling 10-2. The Abby squad managed six runs in the opener despite registering just three hits, as they drew an eye-popping 13 walks from Twins pitchers. Wieler paced the offence with two RBI.

The Cards, fifth in the BCPBL at 22-16, play five home games over a five-day span coming up. They host the Vancouver Cannons on Thursday (7 p.m.), the Victoria Mariners on Sunday (1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) and the White Rock Tritons on Monday (3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.). All games are at DeLair Park.

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