Champions Suffer Second Consecutive Walk-Off Loss
By Mike Pattison
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions suffered their second consecutive walk-off loss in a 5-4 loss to the Quebec Capitales.
After gaining the lead in the ninth inning on a Tyson Gillies solo homerun, the Capitales rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Jordan Lennerton singled home the game-tying and winning runs to walk it off.
The game was delayed for an hour due to poor weather around Quebec City. Despite the delay, the game flew by as both starters were breezing through the lineups.
Steve Borkowski was very strong as he went seven innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. He went toe-to-toe with Quebec's starter Brett Lee.
Lee went six innings of scoreless ball, striking out five and only allowing one hit. He had the Champions hitters baffled during his outing, allowing only three base runners.
For the first three innings both Borkowski and Lee did not surrender a hit. It wasn't until the fourth inning that both teams connected for a hit.
Borkowski didn't run into any trouble until the sixth inning. James McOwen broke open the scoring with a two-run homerun, his tenth homer of the season.
Then in the seventh, the Capitales sent another runner across the plate. Maxx Tissenbaum hit a sac fly scoring Yordan Manduley.
Things got interesting in the top half of the eighth. With the bases loaded, Trevor Bayless balked home a run, putting the game-tying runs in scoring position. Then, Daniel Bick centered to centerfield tying the game up 3-3.
Tyson Gillies hit a go-ahead solo homer, his ninth of the season, to give the Champions a short-lived 4-3 lead. His homer was his second in the past three days.
The two teams will square off again on Saturday night with first pitch scheduled for 1:05pm. Phillippe Aumont (4-5) takes the mound for the Champions as they look to salvage the series.