Grauer Power Helps Champions to 9-3 Win in Series Finale Versus Quebec
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions defeated the Quebec Capitales 9-3 in the final game of the series on Wednesday night.
The win salvaged the series for the Champions, who won four of six games during the home stand.
It was a great night offensively for Ottawa who swung the bat well all night long.
"We got guys on base, in scoring position and multiple base hits again. That always helps you," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager.
Daniel Cordero (W, 3-2) once again had a solid outing after his shutout in his last start. He picked up his second victory of the home stand going seven innings and only allowing a single earned run.
"He kept them off the board. If you do that against Quebec, because they do have a good offensive ball club, you've pitched a good game," said Lanier.
The Champions could not have started the game any better. After a three up, three down inning from Cordero in the top half of the first, they would strike for four runs in the bottom half.
Steve Brown kicked off the scoring with a ground rule double that scored a run and left two in scoring position. Up next came Ricky Oropesa who singled in both runners. After an error put Oropesa in scoring position, he came in to score on Gustavo Pierre's bloop single to centerfield. Within a blink of an eye the Champions were up 4-0.
Phil Craig-St. Louis got the Capitales on the board in the fourth. He launched a no-doubter over the right field wall and cut the lead to 4-1.
Ottawa wasted no time getting that run back as Steve Nysiztor singled home Tyler Nordgren and the Champions lead 5-1 after four.
Then in the fifth, the Champions flexed their muscles. Danny Grauer hit a two run shot, his third homerun of the year, over the left field wall and increased Ottawa's lead to five.
The Champions continued to add insult to injury in the seventh when Tyson Gillies drove in two runs with a single to right field.
The Capitales tacked on a couple of runs in the eighth but it wouldn't be enough to catch up as they trailed 9-3.
Danny Grauer was the offensive standout for Ottawa. He went 2-for-3 with two RBI's, two runs scored and of course the big homerun.
The win brings Hal Lanier to 899 career coaching wins in independent baseball. "I guess I've been around a long time to get that many wins."
When asked if he could win 1000 games he responded: "You never know."
Ottawa heads to Rockland for a four-game series with the Boulders starting on Thursday. First pitch scheduled for 7:00pm and can be seen on CanAmLeague.TV.