Champions pitching staff shuts down Capitales in 4-3 win
QUEBEC CITY, QUE. – A solid effort on the mound by Jared Mortensen set up the Ottawa Champions (35-48) for a 4-3 win over the Quebec Capitales (33-50) at Stade CANAC on Tuesday night.
Right-handed Ottawa Champions starter Mortensen pitched 6.1 innings, limiting the Capitales to one earned run on seven hits and one walk, while striking out six, and grabbing his sixth win of the 2019 season.
The Champions opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning, kick-started by a three-run home run by Larry Balkwill, later extended by Malik Collymore to 4-0 with a double up centre field.
Right-handed Capitales pitcher Karl Gelinas pitched six innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits, while striking out four, and took his seventh loss of the season.
Righty Kyle Chavez relieved Mortensen in the seventh, pitching a scoreless inning, while reliever Kida De La Cruz took over the mound in the bottom of the eighth, allowing one run on two hits, and striking out one.
Right-handed Champions closer Austin Glorius stepped out in the bottom of the ninth, pitching a scoreless inning and solidifying the Champions’ victory. He grabs his eighth save of 2019, his first at Stade CANAC.
Collymore went 2-for-5, driving in his 27thRBI of 2019, while Balkwill (1-for-4) recorded his third home run in a Champions jersey.
Ottawa will look to take game two of the three-game series against the Capitales tomorrow evening in Quebec City. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.