The Ottawa Champions defeated the Quebec Capitales 9-3 in the final game of their three-game series last night. The win salvaged the series for the Champions, who won four of six games during the home stand.
Ottawa starter Daniel Cordero (3-2) once again had a solid outing after his shutout in his last start. He picked up his second victory of the home stand going seven innings and only allowing a single earned run.
The Champions could not have started the game any better. After a three-up, three-down inning from Cordero in the top half of the first, they would strike for four runs in the bottom half.
Steve Brown kicked off the scoring with a ground rule double that scored a run and left two in scoring position. Up next came Ricky Oropesa who singled in both runners. After an error put Oropesa in scoring position, he came in to score on Gustavo Pierre‘s bloop single to centrefield to put the Champions up 4-0.
Phil Craig-St. Louis got the Capitales on the board in the fourth. He launched a no-doubter over the right field wall and cut the lead to 4-1.
Ottawa wasted no time getting that run back as Steve Nysiztor singled home Tyler Nordgren and the Champions lead 5-1 after four.
Then in the fifth, the Champions flexed their muscles. Danny Grauer hit a two-run shot, his third home run of the year, over the left field wall and increased Ottawa’s lead to five.
The Champions continued to add insult to injury in the seventh when Tyson Gillies drove in two runs with a single to right field.
The Capitales tacked on a couple of runs in the eighth but it wouldn’t be enough to catch up as they trailed 9-3.
Grauer was the offensive standout for Ottawa. He went 2-for-3 with two RBI’s, two runs scored and of course the big homerun.
Ottawa heads to Rockland for a four-game series with the Boulders starting on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. and can be seen on CanAmLeagueTV.
In other Can-Am league action, Sussex County edges the Cuban National Team 2-1, Trois-Rivieres downed the Dominican Republic National Team 7-2 and Rockland defeated New Jersey 7-5.