A big six run fourth inning was all the Ottawa Champions needed last night as they beat the Cuban National Team 9-3 at RCGT Park.
It was Ottawa’s second straight victory over Cuba, and the first win of the season for Gatineau native Phillippe Aumont.
Aumont (1-1) allowed only a run on five hits over five efficient innings. Although he didn’t have his swing-and-miss stuff he was able to keep the Cuban batters off balance with stellar control in his third start of the season. He struck out none and walked none.
Tyson Gillies gave the Champions a 1-0 lead before a number of people had even settled into their seats, lining a solo home run over the left field wall to leadoff the game. Cuba couldn’t keep Gillies off the bases all night, as he went 3-for-3 with a homerun and two RBI.
Ottawa broke the game open in the fourth.
With runners on first and second and one out, Matt Helms hit a seeing eye RBI single up to middle, then back-to-back hit by pitches cashed another. A bases-loaded wild pitch added another run, a two-run single by Steve Nyisztor, and an RBI groundout by Ricky Oropesa capped the scoring, giving Ottawa a 7-0 lead.
The Champions added two more in the sixth on an RBI double by Sebastien Boucher and an RBI single by Steve Brown.
Yoelkis Cespedes, the younger brother of New York Mets star Yoenis Cespedes, had a nice night for Cuba, with three singles and an RBI.
Dachel Duquesne (0-2) got roughed up in the start for the Cubans, allowing five runs on six hits while striking out three batters. He walked no one.
Curtis Johnson, Chris Motta, James Mulry, and Victor Beriguete each pitched an inning of relief for the Champions.
Austin Chrismon (2-2, 6.42 ERA) gets the ball for Ottawa this afternoon as they go for the sweep of the Cuban National Team. Gametime is 1:35 at RCGT Park.
In other Can-Am League action, Sussex County swept a twinbill from Trois-Rivieres 5-4 and 2-1 and Rockland defeated the Dominican Republic National Team 7-3. New Jersey crushed Quebec 13-3 in the first game of a doubleheader and Quebec rebounded to knock off New Jersey 7-2 in Game 2.