Sanchez Makes His First Start as Champions Win Second Straight
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions defeated the Quebec Capitales 4-2 on Sunday afternoon. Ottawa sent reliever Raydel Sanchez (W, 1-2) to the mound to start the game and he was outstanding recording his first win of the year.
Despite being outhit 11-5 in the game, the Champions made the most of their opportunities and used their speed on the base paths to pull ahead.
The Champions would be the first to get on the board as Tyler Nordgren connected for an RBI single that scored Gustavo Pierre. Ottawa led 1-0 after three innings.
In the top of the fifth the Champions would get close to tacking on another run. With two runners in scoring position, both Daniel Bick and Tyler Nordgren would fly out to end the inning.
The Capitales had their own scoring opportunity in the bottom half of the inning. With two runners in scoring position, Sanchez got a timely strikeout and then a fly ball to escape the inning unharmed.
Ottawa extended their lead in the sixth on a Sebastien Boucher RBI single. Tyson Gillies came into score and the Champions lead increased to 2-0.
Quebec finally got to Sanchez in the sixth to get on the board. Yurisbel Gracial drove in Yordan Manduley and cut the deficit in half. It was the last batter that Sanchez faced in the game.
It was an impressive start for Sanchez, who normally comes out of the bullpen in late-game scenarios. He went 5.2 innings allowing just one earned run on seven hits and set up his bullpen nicely.
Ottawa added an insurance run in the seventh. Tyler Nordgren drove in the run with a sacrifice fly for his second RBI of the game.
The teams continued to trade runs as Quebec added another in the bottom of the seventh.
Gustavo Pierre was a threat on the bases all game long and it showed in the ninth. After stealing a base, he came in to score on a single off the bat of Daniel Bick. Ottawa had a 4-2 lead that they would not relinquish.
Victor Beriguete entered the game in the eighth with his team in a jam, and stayed in the game for the ninth to record a four out save.
The Champions head to Trois-Rivieres for a three game series against the Aigles starting on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and you can catch it on CanAmLeague.TV.