A five-run fifth inning turned out to be the difference as the Trois-Rivieres Aigles won their second consecutive game over the Ottawa Champions last night in Trois-Rivieres by a score of 7-5.
Ottawa’s Austin Chrismon (2-2) made his first start since being activated from the disabled list and it was not the typical start his club is used to getting from the all-star right-hander.
The game started off well for the Champions as they were the first to get on the scoreboard. Ricky Oropesa drove in Steve Brown with a sacrifice fly and Ottawa led 1-0 after two innings.
Their lead wouldn’t last long as Daniel Mateo and Javier Herrera each connected for RBI singles for the Aigles in the third to make the score 2-1.
Ottawa regained their lead in the fourth with two runs and then added on to it in the fifth with two more. The highlight of this stretch was a two-run single with the bases loaded by Sebastien Boucher. The Champions had loaded the bases to begin the fifth, but then got two quick outs. Boucher came up huge to ensure that they capitalized on the scoring opportunity. Ottawa lead 5-2.
However, things fell apart for the Champions and Chrismon in the bottom half of the fifth.
After scoring a run early in the inning, the Aigles loaded the bases. Kyle Lafrenz broke through with a double that scored two and tied the ball game. Chrismon was pulled at that point and Andrew Cooper entered the ballgame. Julio Martinez then drove in a run on a fielder’s choice and Brenden Webb connected for a single, which scored Lafrenz make it 7-5 Trois-Rivieres.
All five runs that were scored in the inning were credited to Chrismon. He was able to go 4.1 innings while giving up seven runs on 10 hits.
The two teams will face off tonight in the final game of the series and the Champions will look to avoid the sweep. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
In other Can-Am League action, the Quebec Capitales defeated the Cuban National Team 9-4 and the New Jersey Jackals crushed the Dominican Republic National Team 14-2.
Inside pitch: When the Champions activated Chrismon from the DL, they placed RHP Alex Luna on irrevocable waivers.
Luna, 24, appeared in seven games for the Champions in 2017, compiling a 1-0 record and 8.40 ERA with 16 strikeouts and 10 walks in 15 innings pitched.