It was all silent on the batting front again for the Ottawa Champions at RCGT Park on Sunday afternoon as they fell to the Rockland Boulders 7-1.
For the second straight game, Ottawa struggled to break through at the plate. Rockland pitchers held them to the one skinny run on four hits.
Ottawa’s starting pitcher Daniel Cordero (L, 6-4) was not his usual self as he only went 3.1 innings. Cordero surrendered three earned runs on eight hits and most of the outs were of the loud variety.
Rockland’s starter Justin Topa (W, 10-2), on the other hand, picked up his league leading 10th win of the season by mixing up his pitches throughout the five superb innings he worked.
After a scoreless first, the Boulders ran up the score with three consecutive two-run innings.
It began in the second, as Mikael Mogues hit a two-RBI double over the head of CF Sebastien Boucher.
A solo homer by Cody Regis was the highlight of the second inning. It was his 13th big fly of the season.
Finally, in the fourth Regis singled home a run, which chased Cordero from the game. Cordero had thrown 101 pitches to that point and was replaced by Raydel Sanchez. A sac-fly from Joe Maloney platted the sceond run making it 6-0 after four innings.
The Champions managed their first hit of the ballgame in the fourth inning. Boucher doubled down the left field line, putting the thought of a perfect game to rest.
Ottawa got on the board in the fifth thanks to an unlikely source. Recently re-acquired Ryan Brockett recorded his first RBI as a member of the Champions this season with a base hit. However, the Champions had a chance to chip away at the deficit with the bases loaded, but came up short.
Yean Carlos Gil made his second appearance since being activated from the disabled list. He threw two perfect innings in relief.
Rockland’s Dylan Tice added another run in the ninth off a double to the centerfield wall.
After an off day on Monday, the Champions will return to action on Tuesday night as they open a short two game series in New Jersey against the Jackals. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
Elsewhere in Can-Am League action Sussex County slipped past Ottawa into the last playoff spot with a 6-5 decision over New Jersey and Trois-Rivieres trounced Quebec 10-3.
Champions single game tickets can be purchased online at www.ottawachampions.com, by phone at 613.745.2255, or at the RCGT Park box office.