Champions defeat Capitales, 4-1
Danny Garcia's seven innings leads the Champions to victory at Stade Canac.
Dante De Caria
Quebec City, QUE – The Ottawa Champions (26-29) defeated the Quebec Capitales (20-35), 4-1, to take game one of a three game series on Friday night at Stade Canac.
Champions’ starter Danny Garcia (Win, 4-3) bounced back after giving up eight runs in his last start. He tossed seven innings, striking out five while allowing one run on four hits and no walks. Garcia worked out of trouble in the fifth inning after hitting three batters in the frame.
Vinny Guglietti capped off a 2-for-4 game with a two-run double in the eighth inning, giving the Champions a 4-1 lead. Miles Sheehan (Save, 1) later pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, for his first six out save of his career.
The Capitales shortstop Michael Baca opened the scoring when he hit a leadoff solo homer in the bottom of the third inning. In the fifth, the Champions took a 2-1 lead, as Eduard Pinto hit sacrifice fly to left, scoring Malik Collymore.
The Champions improve to 4-4 since the all-star break, and to 4-6 against the Capitales – snapping a five game season series losing-streak.
Captiales starter Karl Gelinas (Loss, 1-5) earned the quality start despite the loss. The Laval native pitched seven 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks.
The Champions are back in action tomorrow night, as right-hander Jordan Kurokawa will get the start for the Champions in game two of a three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 at Stade Canac.