Ottawa drops pitchers duel in finale vs. Trois-Rivières
Trois-Rivières, Que. – Zac Westcott’s solid effort on the mound wasn’t enough as the Ottawa Champions (28-39) fell 3-0 in the series finale against the Trois-Rivières Aigles (39-26) at Stade Stero+ on Thursday night.
It was a pitchers duel that ended in favour of the Aigles. Westcott, in his second start in a Champions uniform, pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, no walks while striking out four. The newly acquired righty took his second loss of the season.
The game remained scoreless until the seventh inning, with both lineups struggling to put together a rally. Juan Kelly broke the stalemate with a towering solo home run, his fifth of the season.
Trois-Rivières added two more runs in the eighth courtesy of a Tucker Nathans double, ending the night for Westcott. Power righty Kida De La Cruz came in relief with one out and pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning.
The Champions were unable to overcome an effective Aigles pitching staff and were limited to four hits on the evening. Nick DeTringo (1-for-3) extended his on-base streak to seven games with a single in the fifth inning.
Aigles starter Domenic Mazza notched seven strikeouts over five scoreless innings and Elhaaj Muhammad was credited with the win. Garrett Mundell recorded his 14th save of the season.
Ottawa will finish the second half of this six-game road trip against the third-place New Jersey Jackals. Game one at Yogi Berra Stadium is set for 7:05 p.m. on Friday.