Champions surrender early lead in 9-5 loss to Jackals
LITTLE FALLS, N.J. – The Ottawa Champions (28-42) couldn’t hold off the New Jersey Jackals (37-31) in a 9-5 loss, surrendering a five-run lead late in the finale of their three-game road series at Yogi Berra Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Left-handed Ottawa Champions starter Danny Garcia pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and seven walks, while striking out three.
Champions scored a run in each of the first three innings, and extended their lead to 5-0 in the top of the fourth with an RBI single from Jiandido Tromp, his second of the game and his 43rd of 2019.
A late seven-hit rally from New Jersey in the seventh allowed the team to tie and surpass Ottawa, highlighted by David Harris solidifying their lead with a two-run single during his second at-bat of the inning to 7-5.
Righty Kida De La Cruz relieved Garcia in the seventh, allowing three runs on three hits, and took his first loss of the season. Andrew Cooper took over the mound in the bottom of the eighth, holding the Jackals to only more two runs by the end of the inning.
Maikol Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a double, his 11th extra-base hit of the season. Malik Collymore (1-for-5) extended his stolen base record to 31. Liam Scafariello recorded his first career professional hit with the team.
Left-handed New Jersey reliever Mike Dallas stepped into the game in the top of the sixth, allowing one walk, while striking out three, and grabbing his first win.
Ottawa will head home for a three-game series against Sussex County, the first of two in their six-game homestand. Game one at RCGT Park is set for 7:05 p.m.