Champions drop both games of double header to Jackals
LITTLE FALLS, NJ – The Ottawa Champions (14-15) opened up a three-game road trip against the New Jersey Jackals (16-13) dropping both games of a double header at Yogi Berra Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The teams played two games back-to-back after Tuesday’s game was postponed due to rain. The Jackals prevailed in game one 3-2 and followed suit with a 7-0 victory in game two.
Danny Garcia (Loss, 1-2) struck out nine and was electric, but it wasn’t enough as Ottawa dropped game one 3-2 to New Jersey.
Garcia gave up three unearned runs on six hits and only one walk over five innings of dominant work, lowering his ERA to 3.27 on the season.
The Jackals took advantage of two Champions errors to score a run in the second and two in the third. Chase Smart got his first career professional hit with an RBI double in the second. A sacrifice fly and an RBI single in the third inning got the Jackals out to an early 3-0 lead.
Vinny Guglietti (1-for-3) laced his fourth home run of the season over the right-field wall in the fifth to put Ottawa on the board. Later that inning Andy Mocahbee (2-for-3) scored on a fielder’s choice from Maikol Gonzalez.
Jackals starter Anthony Fernandez pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits and two runs. Reece Karalus came in relief in the fifth and earned the win
Jackals starter Eduard Reyes was in command striking out five over seven shutout innings, earning himself his fourth win of the season and first complete game as New Jersey defeated Ottawa 7-0.
The Champions bats went cold in the second half of the twin bill recording only four hits compared to 10 in game one. Left fielder Eduard Pinto led the team going 2-for-3.
Emilio Guerrero scored three of New Jersey’s runs, taking advantage of an error in the second inning and scoring on an RBI single in the fourth. He later scored on a double steal of home.
Jordan Kurokawa (Loss, 0-3) finished the day giving up two runs (one earned) on eight hits and one walk over five innings.
Andrew Cooper came came in relief of Kurokawa, allowing five runs over one inning, capped off by a three-run double by Alfredo Marte.
Ottawa will look to salvage a game of this short road trip tomorrow night against New Jersey in the final game of the series. Jared Mortensen is scheduled to take the mound for the Champions against Matt Vogel. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m..