Gonzalez helps Champions overcome five-run deficit to beat Aigles
Trois-Rivières, Que. – Maikol Gonzalez’s 3-for-4 day with a home run and four runs batted in powered the Ottawa Champions (28-37) to a comeback 8-6 win over the second-place Trois-Rivières Aigles (37-26) on Tuesday night at Stade Stero+.
It was a game filled with excitement as the Champions tallied two home runs, scored seven unanswered runs and Malik Collymore broke the franchise record for stolen bases in a season, nabbing his 26th and 27th during the game.
Ottawa got on the board first on a sacrifice fly from Jiandido Tromp (1-for-2, HR, 3 RBI) but the lead was short lived. Trois-Rivières rattled off six runs in the bottom of the first, capped off by a three-run home run from Raphael Gladu.
Champions lefty Danny Garcia surrendered all six Aigles runs before settling down to pitch 5 2/3 more innings of scoreless ball. The Miami native finished the day having pitched six innings, striking out eight without allowing a walk. It was his fifth start this season with at least eight strikeouts.
It took until the seventh inning for Ottawa to finish chipping away at the initial five-run deficit and tie the game.
Tromp hit a solo home run in the third inning – his fourth of the season – and Gonzalez hit a two-run shot in the fifth – his second of the season – to tighten the lead to 6-4. Another sacrifice fly from Tromp, followed by an RBI-single by Leonardo Reginatto brought the score even at six.
With one out in the top of the eighth and the bases loaded, Gonzalez dealt the knockout punch with a two-run single off losing pitcher Cortland Cox, scoring Collymore and Jordan Caillouet.
After taking the lead, relievers Kida De La Cruz and Austin Glorius shut down the Aigles offence to secure the win. Glorius retired the side in the ninth and struck out the final two batters of the game to earn his third save of the season. Miles Sheehan was credited with the win after throwing two thirds of an inning.
Collymore (2-for-3, 3 R, 2 SB) extended his on base streak to six games and Caillouet snapped his 0-for-16 skid with a 3-for-5 day at the plate. Nick DeTringo’s four-game hit streak came to an end, but he extended his on-base streak to five games with a pair of walks.
The Champions will continue this three game series against the Aigles tomorrow with right hander Jordan Kurokawa on the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m..