Jackals Ride Pitching To Take Series Opener In Ottawa
Ottawa, ON – The Jackals relied on solid starting pitching and perfection from their bullpen to defeat the Champions 4-3 Tuesday night in the opening game of a three-game midweek set.
Ottawa was 10-8 last season against the Jackals, who were the top team of the regular season in 2016.
Both teams were tied in the standings coming into today's matchup and each sent a talented starter to the mound. The Jackals' Matt Parish (W, 1-0) picked up the victory against Ottawa's Daniel Cordero, who was not factored into the final decision.
Pitching was strong early on as each team was scoreless through three innings.
The Champions manufactured their first run of the game in the fourth. They played small ball advancing Sebastien Boucher to third, who then scored his sixth run of the year on a Gustavo Pierre infield single.
Brian Bistagne struck for an RBI single in the fifth, extending the lead to 2-0. It was a clutch hit for Bistagne who was off to a rough start to the season.
A leadoff triple by Johnny Bladel got the Jackals started in the sixth and they continued to pulverise the ball in the inning. Rylan Sandoval's infield single made it 2-1, but two batters later Brian Burgamy made his presence noticed.
Burgamy lined one over the right field wall for his second homer of the season and the Jackals jumped on top 3-2.
Daniel Cordero was strong until this point during his first start of the year. He gave up three earned runs, while striking out nine Jackals in six innings of work.
"I thought he had a good outing. I was a little concerned that the long layoff was going to hurt him but I don't think it did," said Lanier.
Ottawa tied the game in the next half-inning. Steve Brown led off the inning with a single and later came into score on an error.
The Jackals took the lead in the eighth against Raydel Sanchez, who was not on top of his game tonight. He uncorked three wild pitches in the inning, which allowed Conrad Gregor to come around and score the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run. New Jersey led 4-3.
The Jackals shut it down from there.
Steve Brown was Ottawa's best player, racking up three hits on the night.
"We just have to come out tomorrow and start a new winning streak," said Lanier.
The Champions and Jackals will continue their series Wednesday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm. Austin Chrismon (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is expected to take the mound for Ottawa against New Jersey's Lee Sosa (1-0, 3.60 ERA).