The Trois-Rivieres Aigles exploded for 10 runs in the sixth inning and went on to beat the Ottawa Champions 11-8 last night.
Former major leaguer and Gatineau-native Phillippe Aumont (0-1) got the start for Ottawa. Aumont tossed five and two-thirds innings before being pulled in the disastrous sixth inning. He allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs, while striking out three.
The meltdown in the sixth was the most runs allowed by the Champions in a single inning this year, and drops their record to 8-16 on the season. They still lead the season-series over Trois-Rivieres 3-2.
Manager Hal Lanier said it was “just one of those nights” for Aumont. He’s not worried about him, and thinks he’ll bounce back his next time out. “He just left some pitches up, more so than he did the first time,” said Lanier. “He’ll be alright.”
After a Trois-Rivieres run in the bottom of the first, Ottawa responded in the third and tied the game. After having a four-game hit streak snapped the day before in Quebec City, Tyson Gillies got the Champions on the board with an RBI double to tie the game in the third.
Ottawa then strung some more runs together in the fourth, with another RBI double off the bat of Ricky Oropesa bringing in Steve Brown for a 2-1 Champions lead.
However, Trois-Rivieres responded by blowing the door off in the sixth.
With seven Aigles recording RBIs, the home side sent 15 batters to the plate in the inning, and that was enough to spell the end of Ottawa in the series-opening game.
Lanier said his team lost fly balls in the dusk around the sixth inning, and that contributed to the loss. “We lost some balls because the time of night and it probably cost us a ballgame,” he said.
Ottawa will look to rebound tomorrow against Trois-Rivieres in Game 2 of the three-game series at Stade Stereo+. Austin Chrismon (2-1, 4.94 ERA) comes off the DL to start the game for Ottawa.
In other Can-Am League action, the Quebec Capitales smoked the Cuban National Team, 10-2.