Jackals pitching too much for Champions in 4-1 loss
LITTLE FALLS, N.J. – The Ottawa Champions (28-41) drop game two of their three-game road series 4-1 to the New Jersey Jackals (36-31) Saturday evening at Yogi Berra Stadium.
New Jersey pitching held the Champions to one run on five hits, led by right-handed starter Lendy Castillo, who pitched six innings, allowing one unearned run and seven strikeouts, grabbing his fourth win of 2019.
The Jackals scored a run in each of the first three innings, kick-started by Conrad Gregor’s ninth homerun of the season, and extended their lead to four in the bottom of the fifth on a wild pitch from Champions starter Jordan Kurokawa.
Right-handed pitcher Kurokawa pitched six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits, while striking out three, and took his fifth loss of the season.
A sacrifice fly by Jiandido Tromp in the top of the sixth inning brought Maikol Gonzalez home for the first and only Champions run of the game. The Jackals bullpen shut down the Ottawa lineup with closer Dylan Brammer, snagging his seventh save of 2019.
Ottawa relievers Miles Sheehan and Austin Glorius each pitched one scoreless inning, holding off the Jackals for the remainder of the game, and recording a strikeout each.
Eduard Pinto went 2-for-4 with a double, his fourteenth extra-base hit of the season. Gonzalez (1-for-4) scored his forty-fourth run in a Champions uniform. Nick Detringo ended his eight-game on-base streak with an 0-for-3 night. It was the longest active streak on the team.
Ottawa will finish up the road trip and look to avoid the series sweep tomorrow afternoon in New Jersey. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m.