Champions Fall to Capitales on Record-Setting Night
By Mike Nellis
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Quebec Capitales sent 19 runners to the base paths and set a Can-Am League record with three grand slams in the same game, blowing out the Ottawa Champions 19-2 to complete the series sweep.
The loss is Ottawa’s sixth straight, and drops their record to 16-29 on the 2017 season.
Champions manager Hal Lanier said Austin Chrismon (L, 5-3) struggled out of the gate on the mound, and couldn’t recover.
“We got off to a very bad start,” he said. “I don’t think Austi had his control today with his fastball and breaking ball. When you don’t have control in this park, that’s what’s going to happen. A lot of pitches were up tonight.”
Lanier said you have to keep the ball down against the dangerous Capitales lineup that features Can-Am home run leader Kalian Sams. The Dutchman notched his 19th jack of the season, and his fifth in three games against the Champions.
Most of Quebec’s offence came in the first two innings – they exited the second inning with a 11-0 lead over the Champions after their first two grand slams came off the bats of Sams and Daniel Rockett.
Chrismon’s final line saw him give up eight hits and walk five. All but two of those runners came into score for 11 earned runs charged to his record. Joseph Maher (W, 3-1) scored the victory for the Capitales.
The Champions now hit the road and travel to New Jersey for a four-game series at Yogi Berra Stadium against the New Jersey Jackals.
Tickets for the 2017 regular season and Can-Am League vs. American Association All-Star Game are currently on sale and can be purchased online at www.ottawachampions.com or in person at the RCGT Park box office.