Bick Homers but Sams Slams Quebec to Victory
By Craig Richenback
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – A grand slam by Kalian Sams and a two-run homerun by Lachlan Fontaine made the difference as the Quebec Capitales cruised to a 9-3 victory over the Ottawa Champions in the opener of a three game series at Stade CANAC on Monday night.
Rookie righthander Matt Tulley made his first start for the Champions, and the Capitales were able to get to him early.
With one out in the first, Yorden Manduley doubled and Yurisbel Gracial singled, putting runners on the corners.
Champions catcher Danny Grauer picked Gracial off first base but Jordan Lennerton walked, Kalian Sams drove in a run with a single, and Lennerton scored on back-to-back wild pitches.
Daniel Bick singlehandedly cut the deficit in half in the third inning when he launched a solo homerun over the wall in left field.
“We swung the bats well tonight,” said Champions manager Hal Lanier. “We hit the ball hard but a lot of them were right at people.”
Fontaine extended Quebec’s lead to 4-1 in the fourth with his two-run homerun after Maxx Tissenbaum was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.
Ottawa halved the lead in the fifth when Matt Helms led off with a single and eventually scored on an error but the Capitales broke things wide open in the bottom of the inning on three straight singles and Sams’ grand slam.
The grand slam ended the night for Tulley (L, 0-1) who allowed eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits while striking out three and walking three in four plus innings.
“I liked the way he threw,” said Lanier. “His location wasn’t great and he hung a few pitches but that’s to be expected after so many days off.”
Lanier was also impressed by reliever Adam Eggnatz, who allowed one run in 1.2 innings in his Champions debut.
Arik Sikula (W, 4-3) got the win for Quebec, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits in 7.2 innings pitched, with four strikeouts and two walks.
Tuesday’s game features an all-Quebec matchup as Phillippe Aumont (2-1, 3.12 ERA) makes his first start for Ottawa since his no-hitter last week, while the Capitales counter with Karl Gelinas (3-2, 3.99 ERA). Catch all the action at canamleague.tv starting at 7:05 pm.