Champions Drop Third Straight in Loss to Capitales
By Mike Pattison
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Quebec Capitales picked up their second straight victory over the Ottawa Champions thanks to a 6-1 final on Saturday afternoon.
The loss is Ottawa's third in a row and they are quickly finding themselves falling in the playoff race.
"They just got off to a good start and you can't fall behind those good teams," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager.
After a rough start against Quebec in his last outing, Phillippe Aumont (L, 4-6) had issues with the Capitales offence again.
He was able to go seven innings but was tagged for six earned runs on ten hits.
Joseph Maher (W, 7-4) was dealing for the Capitales. He went 6.2 innings allowing just one earned run over that span.
The Capitales carried the momentum of last night's walk-off victory into the first inning as they tagged Aumont for three quick runs.
After a run had scored on a sac fly, Kalian Sams and James McOwen connected for back-to-back RBI singles to put Quebec up 3-0.
They added to their lead in the second thanks to an RBI double off the bat of Maxx Tissenbaum.
TIssenbaum wasn't finished there as he struck for another RBI double in the fourth, pushing the Capitales lead to 5-0.
The Champions were able to get one back in the sixth as Sebastien Boucher singled home Daniel Bick, who reached second on a double. However, they left two men stranded in scoring position, squandering an opportunity to tack on some more.
Another opportunity was handed to them in the seventh as they had the bases loaded and the potential game-tying run at the plate. However, Matt Helms struck out to end the innings and leave the runners stranded.
Jordan Lennerton made the Champions pay for their missed chances by sending a solo homer over the wall, increasing the Capitales lead to 6-1.
"They're a good hitting ball club, you can't just go fastball after fastball. You have to mix up your pitches," said Lanier.
The two teams will finish off the three-game set on Sunday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:05pm.