Quebec Breaks Through in Ninth to Steal Series Opener
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Quebec Capitales won 4-2 on Monday night in their first meeting this season against the Ottawa Champions at RCGT Park.
Two RBI singles in the ninth inning was the difference in a tight ballgame that was mostly dominated by pitching.
"Missed opportunities," is how Hal Lanier, the Champions manager summed up his team's performance. "I thought we had numerous chances and we didn't capitalize on it. When you do that you're going to lose ballgames like we did tonight."
Both starters were on their A-game tonight despite the fact that neither were factored into the final decision. Steve Borkowski went six strong innings for the Champions only allowing one unearned run on six hits.
Karl Gelinas went seven strong innings as well while allowing two earned runs on eight hits.
Quebec threatened to score the first run in the second on a single to left field. But a strong throw from Steve Brown to the catcher Danny Grauer caught the runner at home to prevent a run.
The Capitales did eventually break through in the fourth.
After a double and an error Jordan Lennerton reached third base, then Daniel Rockett drove him in with a single that just got out of the left side of the infield.
Ottawa responded with their own double from Sebastien Boucher who scored on a Ricky Oropesa RBI single. It was all tied up 1-1 after four.
Chris Motta entered the game for his fifth appearance in the seventh and after getting the first two outs he got into trouble by walking and hitting the next two batters. Then, James McOwen singled home Adam Ehrlich to regain the lead for the Capitales.
McOwen was the offensive standout of the game as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI's on the night.
Much like the fourth, the Champions came to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. After reaching on a fielder's choice earlier in the inning, Matt Helms worked his way to third base and came into score on a sacrifice fly from Tyson Gillies.
After a scoreless eighth inning we headed to the ninth.
Ottawa's late inning struggles continued, as Raydel Sanchez (L, 1-3) wasn't able to hold the game for the Champions and allowed the two earned runs.
"They got the base hits with runners in scoring position and we didn't and that was the name of the game," said Lanier.
Steve Nyisztor's eight-game hitting streak came to an end as he went 0-for-4.
These two teams will square off on Tuesday night for game two of the three game series with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm at RCGT Park.