The Ottawa Champions completed the series sweep of the Cuban National Team in a sloppy affair with a 14-5 victory on Father’s Day.
The teams combined for 10 errors and the Cubans actually outhit the Champions 17 to 14 on the day in front of 3,038 fans at RCGT Park. However, Ottawa players made their hits count while the Cubans squandered opportunities all afternoon long.
The Champions offensive highlight was a seven-run outburst in the seventh inning.
Ottawa starter Austin Chrismon (3-2) got out of trouble time and again as he gave up 13 hits but only three earned runs over the seven innings he worked.
For the third straight game, Ottawa’s Tyson Gillies came into score the opening run of the ballgame in the first inning. After a leadoff single and an error, Gillies came into score from second on another error in the inning.
Cuba responded in the bottom half of the first. Two singles from Yordoni Samon and Juan Torriente plated two runs making it 2-1 for the team from the Caribbean island.
The scoring continued into the second as Ottawa came back with two runs of their own. Matt Helms connected with an RBI double and Tyler Nordgren added to the production as well with an RBI single.
Things were pretty quiet for a couple of innings until the fifth when Ottawa added to their lead. Steve Brown cashed in his team-leading 20th RBI of the year scoring Nordgren on a single.
In the sixth, Daniel Bick scored on a balk from reliever Frank Medina to put the Champions up 5-2.
However, Yoelkis Cespedes drove a liner to the left field wall just out of the reach of a leaping Helms and Victor Mesa scored. It was 5-3 after the sixth.
Ottawa broke the game wide open by scoring seven in the seventh.
After plating one, Gustavo Pierre roped a double that would score Sebastien Boucher and Brown. Then, back-to-back singles from Bick and Nordgren added another pair.
Gillies continued his hot hitting streak with a triple that scored Bick and Nordgren capping off a monster inning for the Champions. Just like that it was 12-3.
Cuba scored three runs over the final two innings but it was not enough.
Nordgren added insult to injury launching a two-run shot over the left field wall in the ninth. The homer capped off an excellent day for the backup catcher who went 4-for-5 with four RBI’s and three runs.
The Champions will welcome the Quebec Capitales to RCGT Park on Monday to kick off the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
In other Can-Am League action, the New Jersey Jackals nipped the Quebec Capitales 5-4, the Sussex County Miners edged the Trois-Rivieres Aigles 11-10 and the Rockland Boulders smashed the Dominican Republic National Team 13-3.