Champions Offence Falls Flat in Series Opener
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions fell to the Quebec Capitales 5-2 on Thursday night, dropping the series opener.
"It seems like the same old story, you're not going to win a lot of ballgames when you only score two runs," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager.
It was a pitcher's duel on Thursday night as both Daniel Cordero and Quebec's Karl Gelinas had their best stuff.
Cordero went five innings and only allowing two earned runs in a non-decision start. He is dealing with elbow issues and as a result his outing was shortened.
"I was happy that he pitched without pain tonight, that's all we were going to let him go," said Lanier.
Karl Gelinas (W, 5-3) shut down the Champions going 7.2 innings and allowing two earned runs as well. Other than a rough inning in the fifth, Gelnias was virtually untouchable.
After three scoreless innings to start the game, the Capitales broke open the scoring in the fourth inning.
James McOwen doubled home Yurisbel Gracial for his 43rd RBI of the year. It was 1-0 after four innings.
Then in the fifth, the Capitales tacked on another run. With the bases loaded, Yurisbel Gracial singled home Maxx Tissenbaum to increase their lead to 2-0. However, the Champions defence caught Kalian Sams in a rundown between third and home to end the inning and limit the damage.
The Champions rallied in the bottom half of the inning and tied the game. After two hits to kick off the inning, Boucher drove in a run with an RBI groundout. Then, Tyson Gillies sent a single up the gut to plate another.
Just when Ottawa was building up some momentum the Capitales responded with the go-ahead run. Maxx Tissenbaum doubled home Phil Craig-St. Louis to give Quebec a 3-2 lead.
Kalian Sams stepped up to add another run for Quebec, part of a two run inning. His RBI single put the game out of reach.
Noah Gapp (L, 1-2) was the Player of the Game coming out of the bullpen. Despite being credited with the loss he threw four innings in relief, allowing two earned runs.
"We just didn't want to use the bullpen because we're a little short right now after using so many pitchers yesterday," said Lanier on Gapp's extended appearance.
The two teams will square off again on Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm. Austin Chrismon (8-4) gets the ball for Ottawa.
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.