The Quebec Capitales took their second straight game over the Ottawa Champions with a 7-4 victory last night at RCGT Park.
A big three run seventh inning turned out to be the difference in a game where the teams combined for 25 hits.
Quebec wasted no time to open up the scoring. They got three RBI singles in the opening inning and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. It seemed as though this was going to be a high scoring affair early as Ottawa immediately responded with a couple of runs of their own.
Steve Brown drove in the first run with a double that was almost caught by a diving Kalian Sams in centre. Brown later came into score on a single from Ricky Oropesa.
Quebec added another run in the fourth as Phil Craig-St. Louis connected for his third hit of the game, which scored James McOwen.
After being named the Can-Am League‘s Pitcher of the Week, Yean Carlos Gil (0-3) did not have a strong outing. He was only able to go five innings, while allowing four earned runs on nine hits and taking the loss.
Oropesa brought the Champions to within a run with one swing of the bat in the sixth. His second home run of the season sailed over the right field wall to lead off the inning and cut the lead to 4-3.
Right when things were looking up for the Champions, they allowed three runs in the seventh to damper their chances. The highlight of the inning was a two-run single from Marcus Knecht that put the game out of reach.
The Champions did manage to put up another run. Danny Grauer had an RBI single in the bottom half of the seventh, making it 7-4.
Quebec’s starter Lazaro Blanco (5-1) picked up the win with his six-inning performance. He allowed three earned runs with nine hits and six strikeouts.
The Champions will wrap up their series with the Capitales tonight before travelling to Rockland to play the Boulders. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
In other Can-Am League action, Rockland swept a doubleheader from New Jersey 8-7 and 3-1, Sussex County clubbed the Cuban National Team 15-4 and the Dominican Republic National Team beat Trois-Rivieres 7-4.