The Quebec Capitales jumped on Ottawa Champions starter Daniel Cordero early to take a 4-3 lead after the first inning, and they wouldn’t look back while on their way to an 8-4 victory last night over the Champions.

Ottawa’s Danny Grauer (20) homered last night against the Capitales. (Ron Patey file photo)

Ottawa’s Danny Grauer launched a solo home run in the ninth as part of his two-hit day, but the Champions could only muster seven hits of Quebec starter and winning pitcher Karl Gelinas (2-1).

Manager Hal Lanier says he’s “not very happy” with Ottawa’s 6-15 record, and challenged his team to start working to get out of their current slump sooner rather than later.

“All 22 players and all coaches have to come out and figure out how to win a ballgame,” he said. “Players have to look at themselves and say, ‘we are going to win right now.’ Because what we’re doing right now isn’t good enough. It’s as simple as that.”

Everything was looking up for the Champions early in the game after they scored three runs in the top of the first, off an RBI single from Sebastien Boucher and an error from Capitales shortstop Yordan Manduley.

But Quebec had an even better response, notching four runs of their own in the bottom half of the first. That included a three-run home run from Jordan Lennerton, to put Quebec into a lead they would not relinquish.

The Champions didn’t register another base hit until the seventh inning after the loud opening frame.

Cordero (1-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up 11 hits and eight earned runs in his five-innings pitched. Lanier said Cordero did not keep enough balls down in the zone, which led to Quebec’s two home runs off the Venezuelan.

Ottawa and Quebec do battle once again tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. The Champions send Steve Borkowski (1-3, 6.46 ERA) to the hill.

In other Can-Am League action, the Rockland Boulders rolled over the New Jersey Jackals 15-7, the Cuban National Team defeated the Trois-Riveres Aigles 8-4 and the Sussex County Miners blanked the Dominican Republic National Team 8-0.

-Ottawa Champions