Champions drop series finale against Capitales 7-2
Quebec, City – Arik Sikula tossed six innings of one-run ball to lead the Quebec Capitales (5-14) to a 7-2 win over the Ottawa Champions (9-10) in the final game of a three-game series on Thursday night at Stade Canac.
Champions right-handed starter Jared Mortensen (1-2) gave up three runs in the first inning on doubles from Chris Shaw and Jhalan Jackson. The Abbotsford, B.C. native settled down, finishing his day with five strikeouts and five walks over five innings of work, but took the loss.
Ottawa’s first run of the evening came courtesy of Jiandido Tromp’s second home run of the season in the third inning. Making his first-career start at third base, the Aruban power hitter tattooed a 2-1 pitch deep over the centre-field wall. Tromp also scored Ottawa’s second run of the game in the eight inning on a double play.
Quebec scored its final four runs of the night in the seventh inning on three hits and a walk off reliever Andrew Cooper. Cooper pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) while striking out one. Heath Bowers stranding two runners and finished off the game retiring all five batters he faced.
The Capitales pitching was effective throughout the entirety of the game, limiting the Champions to six hits, while striking out six and walking three.
Steve Brown extended his hit-streak to eight games (12-for-31) and Maikol Gonzalez extended his on-base streak to 13 games (13-for-47, 8 BB). Jordan Caillouet let the team with two hits (2-for-4) on the evening.
Despite dropping the series finale, Ottawa secured its second straight series win and will look to prolong that momentum starting tomorrow in another three-game road set against Trois-Rivières.
The Ottawa Champions will take on the Aigles tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.. Right-hander Jordan Kurokawa is scheduled to take the mound at Stade Stereo+.