The Quebec Capitales pushed across two runs in the ninth inning to win 4-2 on Monday night in their first meeting this season against the Ottawa Champions at RCGT Park.
Both starters were on their A-games despite the fact that neither factored into the final decision. Steve Borkowski went six strong innings for the Champions only allowing one unearned run on six hits. Karl Gelinas went seven strong innings as well while allowing two earned runs on eight hits.
The Capitales broke through to start the scoring in the fourth. After a double and an error, Jordan Lennerton reached third base and Daniel Rockett drove him in with a single that just got out of the left side of the infield.
Ottawa responded with their own double from Sebastien Boucher who scored on a Ricky Oropesa RBI single. It was all tied up 1-1 after four.
Chris Motta entered the game for his fifth appearance in the seventh and after getting the first two outs he got into trouble by walking and hitting the next two batters. Then, James McOwen singled home Adam Ehrlich to regain the lead for the Capitales.
McOwen was the offensive standout of the game as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s on the night.
Like the fourth, the Champions came to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. After reaching on a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning, Matt Helms worked his way to third base and came into score on a sacrifice fly from Tyson Gillies.
Ottawa’s late inning bullpen struggles continued, as losing pitcher Raydel Sanchez (1-3) allowed the two earned runs to cross home plate in the ninth.
Steve Nyisztor‘s eight-game hitting streak came to an end as he went 0-for-4.
These two teams will square off again tonight in game two of the three game series with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 at RCGT Park.
In other Can-Am League action, the Cuban National Team trounced the Trois-Rivieres Aigles 12-1.