Pinto's 10th inning go-ahead homer lifts Champions over Capitales
Dante De Caria
Quebec, City – Eduard Pinto hit a two-run home run in the 10th inning, helping the Ottawa Champions (9-9) to a 6-3 extra-inning win over the Quebec Capitales (4-14) on Wednesday night at Stade Canac.
The Champions scored four runs on three hits in the top half of the 10th inning. Pinto’s two-run shot over the right-field wall gave Ottawa a 4-2 lead. It then became 6-2 after an RBI single by Leonardo Reginatto and an error by the Capitales. Pinto turned on the first pitch of the at-bat for his third homer of the season, while also extending his hit-streak to four games (9-for-20, 2-HR).
Ottawa captures its second straight extra-inning win of the season and have now won a season-high three consecutive games.
Jordan Caillouet opened the scoring for Ottawa with a two-run homer. His second blast of the season was hit deep over the left field wall in the fourth inning, making it 2-0. Quebec later tied the game 2-2 after Corey Bass hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Austin Glorius (2-1) captured the win, striking out two over two innings while giving up one unearned run. Miles Sheehan stranded runners on second and third in the eighth inning and pitched three scoreless innings in relief, allowing five hits and striking out five. He has now thrown five consecutive scoreless innings over his last two appearances.
Champions starter Danny Garcia received the no decision, tossing five innings, allowing two runs and striking out four. Garcia has just given up four earned runs over his last two outings.
Capitales starting pitcher Karl Gélinas pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing two unearned runs on six hits and no walks for his third quality start of the season. Quebec’s bullpen had no-hit Ottawa until the 10th inning when Ottawa scored four runs off Lachlan Fontaine (0-2) who is saddled with the loss.
Steve Brown extended his hit-streak to seven games (11-for-28) and Gonzalez extended his on-base streak to 11 games (12-for-43, 8 BB). The Ottawa Champions are back in action tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m., when they send right-hander Jared Mortensen to the mound against right-hander Arik Sikula at Stade Canac.