Champions defeat Captiales 9-7 in extra innings
Dante De Caria
Quebec City – Andy Mocahbee hit a long RBI single in the 13th inning to give the Ottawa Champions (8-9) the lead, and helping them to an eventual 9-7 extra innings win over the Quebec Capitales (4-13) on Tuesday night at Stade Canac.
Mocahbee’s game-winning single capped off a 3-for-5 night at the plate, while also raising his batting average to .355 after the completion of the game.
Quebec Capitales third baseman Alan Mocahbee hit a fly ball to Jiandido Tromp in right, and after making the catch for the second out, he threw out Joe Lytle at third base to end the ball game.
Evan Rutckyj (1-1) captured his first win of the season, tossing two scoreless innings in relief of Zach Vennaro who gave up three unearned runs over two innings of work.
The Ottawa Champions had three different leads disappear, with two of them coming in extra-innings. Ottawa blew a 5-4 lead in the tenth and a 7-5 lead in the eleventh.
Champions starting pitcher Austin Chrismon struck out seven batters for the second straight start. He received the no-decision after Heath Bowers relieved Chrismon in the sixth and recorded the third out, but gave up a J.D. Williams two-run single to center field. That tied the game 4-4.
The Champions had a 3-0 lead going into the sixth inning. Chrismon had only given up one hit until allowing four hits in the Capitales half of the sixth, when they scored two runs, making it 3-2. Chrismon tossed 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven and giving up two earned runs on five hits and no walks.
Capitales starter Matt Marsh left with a right hand injury before starting the sixth inning. He pitched five innings, allowing one run on six hits and two walks. Johnathan De Marte (0-1) pitched two innings but gave up two runs in the 13th inning.
Eduard Pinto went 4-for-7, giving him seven hits (7-for-12) over his last two games. He also becomes the second Champions hitter to record four hits in a game this season. Steve Brown extended his hit streak to six games and Vinny Guglietti extended his on-base streak to a Champions season-high 12th straight game.
The Ottawa Champions have now won two straight games for the first time this season. They improve to 2-4 when in series openers and 6-5 when scoring first.
Tomorrow, the Champions will send southpaw Danny Garcia to the mound against Capitales right-hander Karl Gélinas. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Stade Canac.