The red-hot Ottawa Champions completed another sweep of the New Jersey Jackals in their home park with a 9-3 win on Sunday afternoon.
It was a successful road trip for Ottawa who won five of six games and are now 30-31 on the season. The win was also the Champions seventh straight victory in New Jersey against a Jackals squad that is just a few games out of first place.
Sunday’s victory was powered by the Champions bats, which included two massive home runs and some clutch hitting up and down the lineup.
The Jackals got off to a quick start as their big bopper Brian Burgamy drove home the opening run with an RBI single.
After that things were quiet for both sides as both Steve Borkowski and Jackals’ starter Lee Sosa were rolling.
Borkowski (W, 6-5) was solid but he ran into some trouble in the fifth as he allowed a run on a sacrifice fly to Johnny Bladel. However, that’s all the righty would surrender in his seven innings of work.
The Champions cued up the comeback in the sixth thanks to Saturday’s hero, Tyson Gillies. Gillies hit a game-winning grand slam in the previous game and he came up with another clutch homer on Sunday.
Gillies launched a two-run blast to tie the game, but the Champions weren’t done there as in the seventh they scored another pair of runs. Sebastien Boucher and Steve Brown connected for back-to-back RBI singles and just like that the Champions took a 4-2 lead.
Ottawa ran into some trouble in the bottom half of the inning as the Jackals loaded the bases with just one out. However, Borkowski was able to escape, only allowing a single run on an RBI sac fly to Conrad Gregor. It was 4-3 after seven innings.
Danny Grauer provided some insurance for Ottawa in the ninth when he launched a massive three-run homer off the scoreboard in Yogi Berra Stadium. Grauer’s seventh homer of the season increased the Champions lead to 7-3.
They weren’t done there, as they rallied to load the bases for Boucher who singled home a pair of runs. The lead increased to 9-3 and that’s how it would end.
The All-Star Game is in town and the festivities will begin today with the Skills Competition. The All-Star Game will follow on Tuesday night at RCGT Park. Then, the Champions will begin a four game series at home against the Rockland Boulders on Thursday night.
Tickets for the 2017 regular season and Can-Am League vs. American Association All-Star Game are on sale and can be purchased online at www.ottawachampions.com or in person at the RCGT Park box office.
In other Can-Am League action, Rockland drubbed Trois-Rivieres 7-2 and Sussex County defeated Quebec 3-1.