Champions commit four errors and allow nine runs in series opener against Miners
By: Dante De Caria
Augusta, New Jersey – The Ottawa Champions (3-4) gave up a season high nine runs in a 9-7 loss to the Sussex County Miners (6-1) on Friday night at Skylands Stadium.
The Sussex County Miners scored three runs in the fourth inning, overcoming a 7-5 deficit. Try Hair’s solo homer was followed up by a Jose Brizuela RBI triple and an Andy Paz RBI single.
Ottawa knocked in a season high seven runs in the top of the fourth inning, after they trailed 5-0 going into the frame. Vinny Guglietti started the rally with an RBI double, and Eduard Pinto completed the comeback with a two-run single.
Ottawa Champions starter Austin Chrismon (Loss, 0-1) only lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on 11-hits and one walk. The eight runs allowed is the most given up against the Sussex County Miners in his career, while he allows 10+ hits in a game against the Miners for the third time in his career.
Sussex County Miners starting pitcher David Palladino also couldn’t get past the fourth inning, as he gave up five earned runs over 3 1/3 innings, walking four and striking out two. Nate Antone relieved Palladino, recording the final two outs in the inning, but not before the Champions scored four runs off him.
The rest of the Miners bullpen shut the door, as Andrew Gist (Win, 1-0), James Campbell and Jose Jose (Save, 1) combined for five scoreless innings.
Eduard Pinto and Jordan Caillouet each tallied multi-hit games and Brian Portelli knocked in two. Ottawa makes a season high four errors in the loss, and now rank second the Can-Am League in errors with 13.
Ottawa falls to 13-22 against Sussex at Skylands Stadium all-time. Game two of their four-game series will be tomorrow at 6:05 p.m., as southpaw Danny Garcia gets the start for Ottawa.