Alvarez Cruises in Shutout of Champions
By Mike Pattison
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Trois-Rivieres Aigles blanked the Ottawa Champions 4-0 on the back of Edilson Alvarez's complete game shutout.
The loss is a potential disastrous one with the team already 2.5 games behind the fourth-place Sussex County Miners heading into Monday night.
Alvarez (W, 6-10) picked up his second victory over the Champions in the past week. He went all nine innings while allowing five hits with six strikeouts.
Alvarez's quick pace was the main reason why the game only lasted two and a half hours in total.
"He had a great stuff again. We just couldn't solve him," said Lanier on the Aigles' starter.
Daniel Cordero (L, 8-5) was solid but was simply outpitched by Alvarez. He went seven innings allowing four earned runs on just four hits. He also struck out seven Aigles on the night.
The first run of the game came courtesy of the Aigles' Carter McEachern who doubled home Trevor Gretzky in the third inning.
Then in the sixth, the Aigles put the game out of reach thanks to a Javier Herrera two-RBI double. Herrera then came into score on an RBI sac fly from Connor Crane.
The Champions had chances to get on the scoreboard but could not capitalize on their opportunities.
In the top half of the sixth, Sebastien Boucher reached third base but never crossed the plate. Then in the seventh, Matt Helms hit a one-out double but failed to score as well.
"We just have to put that game behind us and get some hits and runs tomorrow," said Lanier.
The teams will reconvene on Tuesday night for game two of the four-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm as the Champions will be nearing a must-win scenario.