Early lead not enough as Champions lose 7-3 to Miners
AUGUSTA, N.J. – The Ottawa Champions (31-48) drop series finale of their three-game road series 7-3 to the Sussex County Miners (49-29) Thursday evening at Skylands Stadium.
Sussex County starter David Palladino pitched six innings, holding the Champions to two runs and striking out four, grabbing his fourth win of 2019.
Champions INF Michael Baca opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning, but the Miners quickly tied it up 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Jiandido Tromp broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run.
Left-handed Ottawa Champions starter Danny Garcia pitched six innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits, no walks and striking out eight consecutive Miners, and took his fourth loss of 2019.
Miners tacked on five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with back-to-back-to-back doubles, taking the lead 6-2. Righty Kida De La Cruz started off the bottom of the seventh, allowing one run and striking out two.
Lefty Matt Valin stepped up in the bottom of the eighth facing a score of 7-3, quickly retiring the side three up, three down.
Tromp went 1-for-3, grabbing his sixth home run of the season. Steve Brown notched on his 47thRBI, while Baca snagged his second in a Champions uniform.
Ottawa begins a three-game series against the New Jersey Jackals Friday evening at RCGT Park. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.