Matt Helms slides across home plate scoring a run for Ottawa last night. (Ron Patey photo)

The Ottawa Champions fell to the Quebec Capitales 5-2 last night in a pitching duel between Ottawa’s Daniel Cordero and Quebec’s Karl Gelinas.

Cordero went five innings and only allowing two earned runs in a non-decision start. He is dealing with elbow issues and as a result his outing was shortened.

Gelinas (W, 5-3) shut down the Champions going 7.2 innings and allowing two earned runs as well. Other than a rough inning in the fifth, Gelnias was virtually untouchable.

After three scoreless innings to start the game, the Capitales broke open the scoring in the fourth inning when James McOwen doubled home Yurisbel Gracial for his 43rd RBI of the year.

Then in the fifth, the Capitales tacked on another run. With the bases loaded, Gracial singled home Maxx Tissenbaum to increase the lead to 2-0. However, the Champions defence caught Kalian Sams in a rundown between third and home to end the inning and limit the damage.

Ottawa’s Danny Grauer sends a ground ball to  third base last night against the Quebec Capitales. (Ron Patey photo)

The Champions rallied in the bottom half of the inning and tied the game. After two hits to led off the inning, Sebastien Boucher drove in a run with an RBI groundout. Then, Tyson Gillies sent a single up the gut to plate another.

Just when Ottawa was building up some momentum the Capitales responded with the go-ahead run. Tissenbaum doubled home Phil Craig-St. Louis to give Quebec a 3-2 lead.

Sams added another run for Quebec, part of a two-run inning in the ninth to put the game out of reach.

Noah Gapp (L, 1-2) was the Player of the Game coming out of the bullpen. Despite being credited with the loss he threw four innings in relief, allowing two earned runs.

The two teams will square off again tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:05. Austin Chrismon (8-4) gets the ball for Ottawa.

Elsewhere in the Can-Am League, Trois-Rivieres edged Rockland 6-5 and New Jersey battered Sussex Country 13-4.

-Ottawa Champions