Boulders Complete Four-Game Sweep of Champions
By Mike Pattison
Photo by Drew Wohl
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions dropped another game to the Rockland Boulders on Sunday evening losing 7-4.
Ottawa was swept in all four games while being outscored 40-15 in the series. Fortunately, it was the last time the Champions will have to play in Rockland, as the next time they meet will be at RCGT Park.
"As a team we're just not playing a good brand of baseball right now," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager. "We're not putting up enough runs on the board and we're giving up too many runs."
Austin Chrismon (L, 8-4) was roughed up by the Boulders offence on Sunday evening. The team needed him to go long after having to use much of their bullpen in yesterday's blowout loss. He went seven innings and allowed seven runs during that time.
"Austin didn't throw that bad. He gave up a couple of homeruns that shouldn't have been homeruns, but in this ballpark they are," said Lanier.
The Champions got the game started off with a bang as Steve Brown powered a two-run shot on to the short porch in right field. Brown's seventh homer of the year made it 2-0.
However, that's all that Bo Budkevics (W, 6-2) allowed as he went six innings, allowing just the two earned runs. It was Bo's third win this season against the Champions in four meetings.
The Boulders responded in the second and took an early edge away from the Champions. A pair of singles by Mikael Mogues and Mike Fransoso drove in three runs and put Rockland ahead 3-2.
Chrismon ran into more trouble in the third as the league leader in homeruns, Joe Maloney, struck again. Maloney's 25th homer of the year was a solo shot that doubled the Boulders lead to 4-2.
After Rockland made it 5-2, a Champions rookie made his imprint on the game.
Alex Venditti hit his first career homerun in professional baseball as he sent a long drive over the centerfield wall.
However, the Boulders made sure to spoil the moment as Mike Fransoso hit a two-run shot in the bottom half of the inning to increase their lead to 7-3.
Ottawa was able to get one across in the ninth but it was not enough to get back into the ballgame.
Sebastien Boucher played his first game since August. 2nd. He went 1-for-3, with a walk on the day.
"We just have to come home and put this behind us and start fresh tomorrow," said Lanier.
The Champions return home on Monday afternoon for a matchup with New Jersey Jackals. Game one of the three-game set, and the seven-game homestand will start at 1:35pm.