Champions lose second game of a three-game series 9-4 to Trois-Rivières
OTTAWA – Taylor Brennan hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth as the Trois-Rivières Aigles took the second game of a three-game series against the Ottawa Champions 9-4 on Saturday.
Heath Bowers got the spot start replacing Jordan Kurokawa, who is out of the lineup while he deals with a mild bout of tendinitis. Bowers pitched four 3 1/3 innings, striking out one batter and walking three. He gave up four earned runs on one hit.
Champions manager Sébastien Boucher thought Bowers struggle a bit but thought his night could have been a lot better had it not been for what he thought was a bad call from the home plate umpire.
Bowers threw a pitch to Alberth Martinez which appeared to hit the butt end of the bat and bounce right back to the mound and would have resulted in a double play, but the umpire said it hit Martinez on the hands, allowing him to go to first and load the bases.
“It clearly hit the knob of the bat but he couldn’t overturn his call because he called a dead ball right off the bat,” said Boucher. “Right there, that cost us four runs. That’s pretty much the game.”
Jiandido Tromp went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk and Leonardo Reginatto went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
“Tromp has been having a lot better at-bats, a lot better swings,” said Boucher. “He’s been getting a lot of barrels hitting the ball really hard so it’s good for him to get a night like tonight.”
The Aigles carried a 5-4 lead into the ninth, adding another run to make it 6-4. Then Brennan’s eleventh dinger of the season, a three-run shot over the left field wall off of Kida De La Cruz, made it 9-4 and put the game out of reach.
Trois-Rivières took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI single from Juan Kelly. Bowers walked the next batter and was replaced by Miles Sheehan. Then, Raphael Gladu promptly smacked a double to left that scored Kelly and Anthony Hermelyn to make it 4-1 Trois-Rivières.
The Champions refused to go away quietly though, putting up two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to tie the game 4-4.
INF Michael Baca made his Champions debut after being claimed off waivers from the Québec Capitales and went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
The two teams close out the three-game series tomorrow at 1:35 p.m. at RCGT Park. Zac Westcott will be on the mound for the Champions.