Champions Lose Despite Complete Game From Cordero
By Mike Nellis
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The New Jersey Jackals took the final game of the series against the Ottawa Champions with a 2-1 win on Sunday afternoon.
The Champions only managed to grab one win during the four-game series.
For the first time during the six-day home stand it was a sunny day at RCGT Park, but just as the sun came out the runs went into hiding.
It was a pitchers' duel for the majority of the game as both Daniel Cordero (L, 4-3) and David Richardson were on their A-games. Neither team could get on the board for the first six innings and they combined for just eight hits during that time.
Despite being credited with the loss, Cordero had an outstanding performance on the mound. He threw a complete game while only allowing one earned run, along with one unearned.
"He did not deserve to lose a ballgame like this," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager. "He had outstanding stuff."
Cordero once again proved that he is able to go the distance after pitching a shutout in June. He pitched 115 pitches in his nine innings of work.
David Richardson, who was not factored into the decision, went 6.2 innings while allowing one unearned run. He proved that he could keep pace with Cordero as the two were trading scoreless innings.
The skies opened up in the seventh and it once again began to rain. But as the rain poured down both teams connected for runs.
The Jackals finally broke through in the seventh against Cordero. Brian Joynt launched his first homerun of the season over the left field wall. They almost tacked on another run on a single to centerfield but a tremendous throw from Brandon Fischer caught Richard Stock at home.
The Champions responded in the bottom half. With a runner at second, Brandon Fischer lined one right at David Richardson. The ball bounced off of his leg and into the outfield allowing the runner to score from second.
Then the Champions loaded the bases with two outs for Steve Brown, who struck out to end the threat.
It wouldn't take long for the Jackals to regain the lead as a clutch single from Brian Burgamy scored Sandoval. They would not look back from there as Gercken and Hellweg shut it down the rest of the way to secure the victory.
Lanier's frustration came offensively: "The lack of hitting with people in scoring position, we had a lot of chances. We have to find a way to come up with that base hit."
The Champions will embark on a seven-game road trip starting on Tuesday night against the Quebec Capitales. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and you can watch all the action on CanAmLeague.tv.