Aigles Ride High-Scoring Fifth in Win Over the Champions
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – A high-scoring fifth inning turned out to be the difference as the Trois-Rivieres Aigles won their second consecutive game over the Ottawa Champions by a score of 7-5.
Hal Lanier, the Champions manager, isn't pleased with the way his team has been performing of late. "We've got to get this thing turned around, I don't like being in last place," he said.
Austin Chrismon (L, 2-2) made his first start since being activated from the disabled list and it was not the typical start we are used to seeing from the all-star right-hander.
The game started off well for the Champions as they were the first to get on the scoreboard. Ricky Oropesa drove in Steve Brown with a sacrifice fly and Ottawa led 1-0 after two innings.
Their lead wouldn't last long as Daniel Mateo and Javier Herrera each connected for RBI singles in the third. It was 2-1 at that point.
Ottawa regained their lead in the fourth with two runs and then added on to it in the fifth with two more. The highlight of this stretch was a two-run single with the bases loaded for Sebastien Boucher. The Champions had loaded the bases to begin the fifth, but then got two quick outs. Boucher came up huge to ensure that they capitalized on the scoring opportunity. Ottawa lead 5-2.
However, things fell apart for the Champions and Austin Chrismon in the bottom half of the fifth.
After scoring a run early in the inning, the Aigles loaded the bases. Kyle Lafrenz broke through with a double that scored two and tied the ball game. Chrismon was pulled at that point and Andrew Cooper entered the ballgame. Julio Martinez then drove in a run on a fielder's choice and Brenden Webb connected for a single, which scored Lafrenz. The Aigles jumped back in front 7-5.
All five runs that were scored in the inning were credited to Chrismon. He was able to go 4.1 innings while giving up seven runs on ten hits.
"I think having the long lay off being on the disabled list hurt him," said Lanier on his Chrismon's performance. "He just didn't have his good control tonight."
Things were quiet from that point on as each team's bullpen held their own and the Aigles closed the game out. Nick Sarainides picked up his third save of the year and secured the win for Trois-Rivieres.
The two teams will face off on Thursday night for the final game of the series and the Champions will look to avoid the sweep. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.