Trois-Rivieres Aigles right-hander Edilson Alvarez twirled a nasty game at the Ottawa Champions on Sunday to lead his club to a 3-2 win at RCGT Park. It’s the first loss of the season for the Champions (3-1).
Alvarez (1-0) was dynamite. He only allowed one unearned run on four hits, struck out six and walked only one over seven innings of work. Champions starter Patrick Peterson (0-1) made his first career start for the Champions and took the loss despite putting in a solid performance, allowing three runs in six innings of work.
The Aigles (1-3) struck first in the top of the second. A bases-loaded two-run single off the bat of Kyle Lafrenz put the visitors in front 2-0, but a double play got the Champions out of the inning to limit the damage.
Trois-Rivieres added to their lead in the fourth with a leadoff home run from Connor Crane. Crane crushed the pitch from Peterson over the left field wall for a no-doubter, making it 3-0 Aigles.
There was a bright spot for Ottawa, however. Reliever Alex Luna was near perfect in his first appearance for Ottawa. He went three innings allowing just one hit, which gave his team a chance to get back into the ballgame.
The Champions got close in the bottom of the ninth. Matt Helms connected with an RBI single to make the score 3-2, but Aigles’ closer Miguel Lahera finished the job and picked up his first save of the season.
The final game of the five-game series will go down Monday afternoon, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:35 p.m. Daniel Cordero (0-0) will start for the Champions against Guillaume Blanchette (0-0).
In other Can-Am League action, the Rockland Boulders edged the Sussex County Miners, 5-4 and the New Jersey Jackals doubled the Quebec Capitales, 4-2.