Grauer and Gillies Homer as Champions Cruise to 7-0 Win
By Mike Pattison
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions won their second straight game over the Sussex County Miners 7-0 on Wednesday night.
It was an all-around perfect ballgame for Ottawa who had dynamic pitching and a burst offensively.
"We played a good game, all of these games are big here," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager. "We've won the series but I don't want to be satisfied with just winning the series, I want to get a sweep here."
The win brings the Champions within a half-game of the Miners for the final playoff spot. They will have a chance to leapfrog Sussex County in the standings with another win tomorrow night.
Daniel Cordero (W, 7-4) proved that when he's on there aren't many batters who can get to him. The Champions right-hander went seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out nine batters.
"What a fantastic game. He had everything working with great command of all of his pitches," said Lanier.
The Champions provided more than enough run support for Cordero and it began in the second inning.
Gustavo Pierre sent a double into the gap to score both Danny Grauer and Matt Helms.
Then in the third, Tyson Gillies launched a two-run shot over the wall for his eighth homerun of the season, making it 4-0.
Steve Nyisztor added to the damage in the fourth. He was standing at second base with two outs when Sebastien Boucher legged out an infield single. Second baseman Rubi Silva struggled to gain control of the ball and Steve Nyisztor scored on the play.
After adding another run, Danny Grauer connected for a solo shot putting the Champions up 7-0.
Raydel Sanchez threw a perfect inning in the eighth, followed by a scoreless frame for Noah Gapp to close it out.
The Champions will look for the series sweep on Thursday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm at Skylands Stadium.