Follow the Champions

Jackals pull away with decisive series-opening win

2018 May 29

Ottawa (4-6) will play a double header with the Jackals tomorrow before wrapping up their American road trip in New Jersey on Thursday.

GRAHAM NEYSMITH
 

OTTAWA – The Champions committed two costly errors, allowing the New Jersey Jackals to score four unearned runs on their way to a 7-1 win on Tuesday night. Ottawa could only get a single run across in the game and are now in the midst of a three-game losing skid.
 
RHP Jordan Kurokawa (L, 0-2) got the start for Ottawa. The Honolulu, HI native was trying to get some revenge on the Jackals, after they tagged him for seven runs in his first career start last week.
 
Kurokawa was able to settle down after giving up two runs in the first inning, but helped extend the sixth inning for the Jackals. A soft-hit ground ball by DH Daniel Canela would have gotten Kurokawa out of a jam, but he threw the ball past first base, allowing two runs to score.
 
RHP Miles Sheehan made his second appearance of the Champions road trip. The rookie allowed three runs (only one earned) while fanning two Jackals over two innings.
 
The Jackals pitchers were able to have their way with the Champions hitters. RHP Mat Latos  (W, 1-1) earned the win in his second career start against the Champions, going five innings and giving up the lone run. The New Jersey bullpen turned in a dominant performance, with four hurlers combining to surrender only three hits from the sixth inning onward.
 
Ottawa LF Coco Johnson was able to extend his on-base streak to nine games with a single in the eighth inning. RF Sebastien Boucher got the Champions lone RBI on the day thanks to a first-inning triple (his first since 2015) that plated SS Daniel Bick. Boucher was able to break out of a 0-for-13 slump by going 1-for-2 with a walk.
 
INF Kyle Zirbes pinch-hit for Boucher in the ninth inning and the utility man was secured his first hit as a Champion with a single.
 
Ottawa (4-6) will play a double header with the Jackals tomorrow before wrapping up their American road trip in New Jersey on Thursday. They will then return home to start a three-game series with the Sussex County Miners on Friday, June 1.
 
-30-