Champions Sweep Cuba in Blowout on Father's Day
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions completed the series sweep of the Cuban National Team with a 14-5 victory on Father's Day.
The Champions' bats were on fire all game long but it was highlighted by a seven run seventh inning.
Austin Chrismon (W, 3-2) was solid on the mound for Ottawa – he went seven innings while only allowing three earned runs.
"He got off to a bit of a shaky start in the first inning but after that he pitched a very solid ballgame for us," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager.
Despite the good pitching, offense was the story of the game as it came early and often.
For the third straight game, Tyson Gillies came into score the opening run of the ballgame in the first inning. After a leadoff single and an error, Gillies came into score from second on another error in the inning.
Cuba responded in the bottom half of the first. Two singles from Yordoni Samon and Juan Torriente plated two runs in the inning making it 2-1.
The scoring continued into the second as Ottawa came back with two runs of their own. Matt Helms connected with an RBI double and Tyler Nordgren added to the production as well with an RBI single.
Things were pretty quiet for a couple of innings until the fifth when Ottawa added to their lead. Steve Brown cashed in his team-leading 20th RBI of the year scoring Tyler Nordgren on a single.
In the sixth, Daniel Bick scored on a balk from reliever Frank Medina to put the Champions up 5-2.
However, Yoelkis Cespedes drove a liner to the left field wall just out of the reach of a leaping Matt Helms and Victor Mesa scored. It was 5-3 after the sixth.
Ottawa broke the game wide open by scoring seven in the seventh.
After plating one, Gustavo Pierre roped a double that would score Sebastien Boucher and Steve Brown. Then, back-to-back singles from Daniel Bick and Tyler Nordgren added another pair.
Gillies continued his hot hitting streak with a triple that scored Bick and Nordgren capping off a monster inning for the Champions. Just like that it was 12-3.
Cuba scored three runs over the final two innings but it was not enough.
Tyler Nordgren added insult to injury launching a two-run shot over the left field wall in the ninth. The homer capped off an excellent day for Nordgren who went 4-for-5 with four RBI's and three runs.
"We had a lot of guys who had good days," said Lanier. "I really liked what I saw offensive wise and hopefully this can continue and tomorrow we can do the same thing."
The Champions will welcome the Quebec Capitales to RCGT Park on Monday to kick off the three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.