Champions' Comeback Falls Short in Loss to Quebec
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Quebec Capitales dropped the Ottawa Champions 7-5 on Saturday night.
It was the Champions second straight loss to the Capitales and their third straight loss in total.
“I’ll say this – we put up a fight and gave them a good ninth inning,” said a disappointed Champions manager Hal Lanier after the game. “We just gave up too many runs in the top of the ninth, which really put us in a hole.”
Down 7-2, the Champions made some noise in the ninth as Matt Helms sent a two-RBI single through the legs off the centerfielder and to the wall. Then, Alex Venditti sent a line drive to left field to score another. However, that is all that they could muster up, leaving the game-tying run at the plate.
Quebec opened the scoring in the second putting up two runs on a Lachlan Fontaine two-RBI single.
They added to their lead in the third as they tacked on three more runs on four hits in the inning. Gracial, McOwen and Richardson picked up RBI's as Austin Chrismon was struggling early on. It was 5-0 after three.
Chrismon (L, 8-5) had an off start, as he was only able to go six innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits. He had not gone less than seven innings since July 5th, which was a 1.2 inning outing against the Capitales in Quebec City.
Arik Sikula (W, 11-3) was dealing early on and pitched well enough to pick up his league leading 11th win of the year. However, he ran into some trouble in sixth inning.
Sebastien Boucher connected for a two-run shot, his fifth of the year and first since early July. The homer cut into the deficit, making it 5-2.
After allowing 12 earned runs in a start against Rockland, Raydel Sanchez made his first appearance out of the bullpen. He went two scoreless innings and kept things close to give his team a chance to comeback.
However, there was no comeback as the Capitales tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach.
The two teams will faceoff again on Saturday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm. Steve Borkowski (7-7) takes the mound and will look to build off his record tying 15-strikeout performance.
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.