A three-run seventh inning propelled the Rockland Boulders to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Champions last night. It was Ottawa’s second loss in a row to the Boulders and third straight overall.
The Champions continued to struggle at the plate against a stout Boulders pitching staff while getting a shutdown performance from starter Yean Carlos Gil.
It was a pitcher’s duel early on as both Gil and Boulders starter Justin Topa traded scoreless frames.
Gil threw six shutout innings for the Champions in his first start since returning from the disabled list. He struck out eight batters and allowed only three hits. Topa (W, 11-2) was almost as good. He went seven innings while only allowing two earned runs, and picked up his league-leading 11th win of the season.
It wasn’t until the fifth inning that either team was able to push a run across. After Matt Helms reached base, newly acquired Alex Venditti doubled for his first professional hit to put two runners in scoring position. Tyler Nordgren then drove in a run with an RBI groundout to put Ottawa up 1-0.
In the seventh, Ottawa doubled its lead thanks to back-to-back doubles from Danny Grauer and Helms.
However, things fell apart in the bottom half of the inning when Adam Eggnatz (L, 1-2) came in to the game in relief.
After a sacrifice fly from Mike Fransoso and an RBI single from Dylan Tice, the bases were loaded for Marcus Nidiffer. Eggnatz was struggling with his command and walked Nidiffer to bring in the go-ahead run.
Elsewhere in the Can-Am League, New Jersey beat Trois-Rivieres 11-7.
Inside pitch: The Champions have placed 1B Ricky Oropesa on the disabled list and signed 1B Alex Venditti.