Champions Drop Series Finale 10-6
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Richard A. Whittaker
Ottawa, ON – The Quebec Capitales took the fourth and final game of the series 10-6 over the Ottawa Champions, securing the series victory.
"If you get a base hit here or there it could've been a big difference in the ball game," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager.
It was a rough day for Phillippe Aumont (L, 4-5) who struggled against the Capitales' offence. In just six innings of work he gave up six earned runs and thirteen hits.
Joseph Maher (W, 6-4) picked up the win for Quebec as he was able to go seven innings while only running into trouble a few times.
Ottawa opened the scoring in the first but spoiled an opportunity to strike for more.
With the bases loaded, Sebastien Boucher hit a sac fly to plate a run. However, the Champions had a bases loaded situation twice in the inning and were only able to capitalize for the lone run.
The wheels fell apart in the third as Aumont began to unravel. The Capitales sent eleven batters to the plate, picking up six hit and six runs.
The Champions responded in the bottom half of the inning thanks to Tyson Gillies' seventh homer of the year. The two-run blast over the right field wall brought Ottawa back within three, trailing 6-3.
After the Capitales tacked on another run in the fifth, they struck for another three runs in the seventh. Raydel Sanchez was only able to go 0.2 innings and gave up three earned runs and five hits in the inning.
Newly acquired Alex Vargas made his Champions debut and went 2.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen.
"He threw the ball well, he's got a better breaking ball than what I saw over in Rockland," said Lanier.
Steve Brown hit a RBI double into the gap in left-centerfield that scored Nyisztor. Boucher scored on a Gillies RBI sac fly to put two more runs on the board. After seven innings, Quebec led 10-5.
Ottawa tacked on a run in the ninth, and brought the potential game-tying run to the plate. However, Matt Helms grounded into the game-ending double play.
When asked whether he believes the playoff push will bring out the best in his team Lanier responded: "It should."
The Champions will head out for a six-game road trip with major playoff implications on the line. Game one in Sussex County will get started at 7:05pm on Tuesday night.
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.