The Ottawa Champions defeated the Quebec Capitales 4-2 on Sunday afternoon as Ottawa sent reliever Raydel Sanchez (1-2) to the mound to start the game and he was outstanding in recording his first win of the year.
Despite being outhit 11-5 the Champions made the most of their opportunities and used their speed on the base paths to pull ahead.
The Champions would be the first to get on the board as Tyler Nordgren connected for an RBI single that scored Gustavo Pierre to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead through three innings.
The Capitales had a chance to tie in the bottom half of the fifth inning. With two runners in scoring position, Sanchez got a timely strikeout and then a fly ball to escape the inning unharmed.
Ottawa extended their lead in the sixth on a Sebastien Boucher RBI single. Tyson Gillies came into score and the Champions lead increased to 2-0.
Quebec finally got to Sanchez in the sixth to get on the board. Yurisbel Gracial drove in Yordan Manduley and cut the deficit in half. It was the last batter Sanchez faced in the game. Sanchez went 5.2 innings allowing just one earned run on seven hits.
Ottawa added an insurance run in the seventh. Nordgren drove in the run with a sacrifice fly for his second RBI of the game.
The teams continued to trade runs as Quebec added another in the bottom of the seventh.
Pierre was a threat on the bases all game long and it showed in the ninth. After stealing a base, he came in to score on a single off the bat of Daniel Bick. Ottawa had a 4-2 lead that they would not relinquish.
Victor Beriguete entered the game in the eighth with his team in a jam, and stayed in for the ninth to record a four out save.
The Champions head to Trois-Rivieres for a three-game series against the Aigles starting this evening. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
In other Can-Am League action, the Sussex County Miners nipped the Dominican Republic National Team 9-8, the Trois-Rivieres Aigles doubled the Cuban National Team 6-3 and the New Jersey Jackals downed the 11-7.