Lengthy rain delay favours Aigles who defeat Champions 14-4
Trois-Rivières, Que- It took until the early hours of the morning, but the Trois-Rivières Aigles (38-26) took game two of the series, 14-4 over the Ottawa Champions (28-38) on Wednesday night at Stade Stero Plus.
Jordan Kurokawa was through two innings, only giving up one hit, a walk and a punchout, but a near two-hour rain delay ended his night early.
Heath Bowers (Loss, 2-7) was the first man out of the bullpen when play resumed, giving up six runs in just two thirds of an inning.
Jesse Lepore was not able to stop the bleeding in the fourth inning, as four more runs came across for the Aigles, who lead 11-0 after going to the fifth frame.
The Champions offence showed some life in the fourth with a two-run single from Maikol Gonzalez, and a two-run double from Jiandido Tromp. Tromp lead the way offensively for Ottawa – going 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
Brandon Barker’s start was also cut short going only three innings, but the Aigles got four innings out of lefty Cam Lafleur (Win, 4-2) to shut down the Champions offence.
Newly acquired Champions reliever Francisco Gracesqui entered in the seventh inning, but was unable to record an out, giving three runs in his first appearance with his new club.
The Champions finish the month of July with a 11-15 record. They’ll look to start August on a high note when they send Zach Westcott to the hill against Domenic Mazza in the finale of the three-game series, Thursday at 7:05 p.m.