Ninth-inning push not enough as Ottawa drops series finale to Trois-Rivières
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – The Ottawa Champions (11-11) brewed a ninth-inning comeback but fell short, dropping the series finale 8-7 to the Trois-Rivières Aigles (9-13) on Sunday afternoon at Stade Stereo+.
A day after breaking the Champions record by reaching base six times, Maikol Gonzalez (2-for-4) extended his on-base streak to 15 games in the first inning. A batter later, Jiandido Tromp knocked in Eduard Pinto with a deep sacrifice fly to centre field.
The Aigles quickly returned in the bottom half with two of their own on an RBI single and sacrifice fly. The Quebec-based squad jumped to a 6-1 lead in the third inning thanks to Joe Deluca’s third home run in two games and a David Glaude two-run double.
Gonzalez ripped an RBI double in the fifth to inch the Champions closer and Steve Brown (2-for-4, 4 RBI) followed two batters later with a towering three-run home run to straight-away centre field to make it 6-5.
Miles Sheehan came in relief of starter Austin Chrismon (Loss, 1-2) in the sixth and pitched two innings, surrendering two runs on three hits with two strikeouts. Glaude hit a solo home run for his third RBI of the afternoon in the sixth and Brandon Brosher knocked in the final Aigles run in the seventh with a sacrifice fly.
A scoreless inning from Andrew Cooper set Ottawa up for the opportunity to mount yet another comeback this season. Pinto, Gonzlez and Tromp each reached base ahead of an RBI single from Brown to bring the Champions to within two.
Still with the bases loaded and now two out, Brian Portelli smacked a hard-hit single to right fielder Francis Desilets, scoring Gonzalez. Trying to tie the game up and complete the comeback, Tromp was thrown out at the plate by Desilets to end the game and hult the Ottawa comeback at 8-7.
Aigles starter Garrett Harris went five innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on five hits, three walks and five strikeouts to collect the win.
Brown extended his hit streak to 11 games (19-for-45) and Pinto (1-for-4, 3R) extended his hit streak to eight games (14-for-38). Chrismon finished the game having thrown five innings of six-run ball, walking two and striking out six.
Ottawa has won six of its last nine and will take advantage of a day off tomorrow before heading back home for a three-game series against the Quebec Capitales. Lefty Danny Garcia is lined up for the start on Tuesday evening at RCGT Park. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m..