Boulders Blast Champions to Take Series With 7-1 Win
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – It was another frustrating night for the Champions as they fell to the Boulders 7-1 on Sunday afternoon.
For the second straight game, Ottawa struggled to muster up any offence as they only manufactured one run on four hits.
"Didn't swing the bats very good again today," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager. "We got to pick it up with a tough road trip coming up."
Daniel Cordero (L, 6-4) was not his usual self as he only went 3.1 innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits.
"He just had an off day, he was up with his pitches. If you throw the pitch up against this club they're going to hit the ball," said Hal Lanier on his starter's performance.
Justin Topa (W, 10-2) on the other hand picked up his league leading tenth win of the season as he cruised in his five innings of work.
After a scoreless first, the Boulders connected for three consecutive two-run innings.
It began in the second, as Maikel Mogues hit a two-RBI double over the head of the centerfielder Sebastien Boucher.
A solo homer for Cody Regis was the highlight of the second inning. It was his 13th homerun of the season.
Finally, in the fourth Cody Regis singled home a run, which chased Cordero from the game. Cordero had thrown 101 pitches to that point and was replaced by Raydel Sanchez. A sac-fly from Joe Maloney platted the other run making it 6-0 after four innings.
The Champions managed their first hit of the ballgame in the fourth inning. Sebastien Boucher doubled, putting the thought of a perfect game to rest.
Ottawa got on the board in the fifth thanks to an unlikely source. Ryan Brockett recorded his first RBI as a member of the Champions this season with a base hit. However, the Champions had a chance to chip away at the deficit with the bases loaded, but couldn't drive any of them in.
Yean Carlos Gil made his second appearance since being activated from the disabled list. He threw two perfect innings in relief.
"He will probably get the start, unless he has a setback, on August 5th in Rockland," said Lanier on Gil's timeline.
Dylan Tice added another run in the ninth off a double to the centerfield wall.
Lanier recognizes that the playoff race is tight but stresses that they need to control their destiny.
"We have to take care of ourselves. We can't be hoping that someone is going to beat the other teams."
After an off day on Monday, the Champions will return to action on Tuesday night as they open a short two game series in New Jersey. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm, as they will look to sweep the season series at Yogi Berra Stadium.
Ottawa Champions single game tickets can be purchased online at www.ottawachampions.com, by phone at 613-745-2255, or in person at the RCGT Park box office.