Capitales Win Second Straight Over Champions
By Mike Pattison
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Quebec Capitales took their second straight game over the Ottawa Champions with a 7-4 victory on Tuesday night.
A big three run seventh inning turned out to be the difference in a game where both teams combined for 25 hits.
"There's some positive things to take from this, but it's a loss," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager. "The team didn't give up, we just have to be a little bit more consistent coming out of the bullpen."
Quebec wasted no time to open up the scoring. They got three RBI singles in the inning and jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
It seemed as though this was going to be a high scoring affair early as Ottawa immediately responded with a couple of runs of their own.
Steve Brown drove in a run with a double that was almost caught by a diving Kalian Sams in centre. Brown later came into score on a single from Ricky Oropesa.
Quebec added another run in the fourth as Phil Craig-St. Louis connected for his third hit of the game, which scored James McOwen.
After being named the Can-Am League's Pitcher of the Week, Yean Carlos Gil (L, 0-3) did not have a strong outing. He was only able to go five innings, while allowing four earned runs on nine hits.
Ricky Oropesa brought the Champions to within a run with one swing of the bat in the sixth. His second homerun of the season sailed over the right field wall to leadoff the inning and cut the lead to 4-3.
"We swung the bat very well tonight," said Lanier. "We got guys on base but had an inability to get guys in when they're in scoring position."
Right when things were looking up for the Champions, they allowed three runs in the seventh to damper their chances. The highlight of the inning was a two-run single from Marcus Knecht that put the game out of reach.
The Champions did manage to put up another run. Danny Grauer had an RBI single in the bottom half of the seventh, making it 7-4.
Quebec's starter Lazaro Blanco (W, 5-1) picked up the win with his six-inning performance. He allowed three earned runs with nine hits and six strikeouts.
The Champions will wrap up their series with the Capitales on Wednesday before travelling to Rockland. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.