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Aumont Solid, Gillies Homers as Champions Drop Cuba

2017 June 17

By Craig Richenback

Photo by Marc Lafleur

Ottawa, ON – A big six run fourth inning was all the Ottawa Champions needed on Saturday night as they beat the Cuban National Team 9-3.

It was Ottawa’s second straight victory over Cuba, and the first win of the season for Gatineau native Phillippe Aumont.

Aumont (1-1) allowed only a run on five hits over five efficient innings, with no strikeouts or walks in his third start of the season.

“We cut it down to five innings,” says Aumont. “I think we may have gotten a little ahead of ourselves the first couple starts. This is basically spring training for me.”

Tyson Gillies gave the Champions a 1-0 lead before a number of people had even settled into their seats, lining a solo homerun over the left field wall to leadoff the game.

Cuba couldn’t keep Gillies off the bases all night, as he went 3-for-3 with a homerun and two RBI.

“He just is an electric player,” says Champions manager Hal Lanier. “He just makes things happen and he’s got a lot of energy.”

Ottawa broke the game open in the fourth.

With runners on first and second and one out, Matt Helms hit a seeing eye RBI single up to middle, then back-to-back hit by pitches cashed another.

A bases-loaded wild pitch added another run, a two-run single by Steve Nyisztor, and an RBI groundout by Ricky Oropesa capped the scoring, giving Ottawa a 7-0 lead.

The Champions added two more in the sixth on an RBI double by Sebastien Boucher and an RBI single by Steve Brown.

The younger brother of New York Mets star Yoenis Cespedes, Yoelkis, had a big night for Cuba, going 3-for-3 with three singles and an RBI.

Dachel Duquesne (L, 0-2) got roughed up in the start for Cuba, allowing five runs on six hits while striking out three batters. He walked no one.

Curtis Johnson, Chris Motta, James Mulry, and Victor Beriguete each pitched an inning of relief for the Champions.

Austin Chrismon (2-2, 6.42 ERA) gets the ball for the Champions on Sunday afternoon as they go for the sweep of the Cuban National Team. Gametime is 1:35 pm at RCGT Park.