Garcia strikes out nine as Champions win fifth straight
OTTAWA – Danny Garcia struck out nine batters over six innings to lead the Ottawa Champions to their fifth straight win, a 3-1 victory over the Trois-Riviéres Aigles.
Garcia allowed just one earned run on five hits in the opening game of a three-game series. After giving up five earned runs in the final game of a series against the Aigles just a week ago, Garcia admitted that this win was a little sweeter.
“I just wanted to get revenge on them,” said Garcia. “In my last start, I felt uncomfortable with them. It was my first time pitching against them. I prepared myself all four days, went out there and competed and gave my team a chance to win.”
Ottawa’s entire pitching staff was on their game, striking out a total of 15 batters without a single walk in the win. Boucher said it was pretty much a perfect day for his pitchers. Miles Sheehan, Even Rutckyj and Austin Glorious, who was credited with the save, all had two strikeouts each.
“The guys took advantage of their opportunities, got ahead of the counts and they were able to finish them off,” said Boucher. “Everybody came in, they did what they had to do and they took care of business.”
Oddly enough, all three Champions runs were unearned as a result of errors by the Aigles.
Ottawa took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning when Trois-Rivières pitcher Brandon Barker threw two consecutive wild pitches. Then in the sixth, Bubby Rossman walked Matt Foley and newly-signed shortstop Nick DeTringo after Vinny Guglietti doubled to load the bases. After DeTringo walked, Malik Collymore reached first on an error by Aigles first-baseman Juan Kelly that allowed Guglietti to score the Champions’ third and final run.
Game 2 of this series kicks off at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday at RCGT Park with Jordan Kurokawa getting the start for Ottawa.