We were expecting Superman against Batman, we got Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. The last long-awaited duel between the launchers Philippe Aumont and Karl Gélinas, on Tuesday night, turned instead into an offensive festival won 9-7 by the Capitals at the expense of the Ottawa Champions.
The role of the superhero is without a shadow of doubt to Kalian Sams. The muscular and tattooed power striker of the Quebec club, a real kryptonite for Aumont, was pleased with three bombs beyond the fence of Stade Canac. Each time with two points in the foliage of the great trees of the park Victoria: two against Aumont and the cannon of the victory to break the equality at the end of the ninth inning.
After his grand slam on Monday, the Dutch colossus banged four long balls and produced 11 points in two days at the expense of the Champions. Everything to nevertheless satisfy the 3514 spectators who came in large part to witness … a duel of pitchers. This is the best local crowd for the Capitals this season.
Aumont gave the Capitals no less than five points in the first leg. The whole after two withdrawals. A simple Yurisbel Gracial followed by a productive dual Jordan Lennerton preceded the 16 th Sams circuit. Then aim on balls at Maxx Tissenbaum and single and goal stole by James McOwen before the two points Marcus Knecht.
Really not the start of the game that the right-hander of 6’7 ” was hoping. In fact, no one expected such a poor appearance in Quebec City from a pitcher whose previous outing was a game without a point or a sure hit and which claims 46 games and 43.2 innings in the Leagues, from 2012 to 2015.
From then on, Gélinas had only to be Gélinas. But was it the importance of the moment? The veteran gunner 11 th season with the Capitals allowed two runs in the second inning and two more in the third, the latter also with two outs. Let’s note the solo circuit of Ricky Oropesa.
And thanks to outfielder McOwen, who saved two points with a superb catch at the left field fence, almost on the line, to end the fourth inning when two Ottawa riders were on the trails .
Asked to give a little air to his pitcher, Sams replied in fifth with his second laser out of the stage of the evening to make 7-4. He has 18 runs on his record after 45 games and is therefore pursuing a record 31 in a season set by Eddie Lantigua in 2005, a team and league brand.
Too little … too late
The visitors came back with two points in eighth and another in ninth, solo circuit of Carson Helms with two withdrawals. Gift of the reliever Nolan Becker, came to relief Trevor Bayless from the eighth inning, Becker yet a specialist of the ninth.
With his single in the first leg, Gracial has lengthened his sequence of encounters to 20 with at least one presence on the trails. The Capitals remain undefeated this season on Tuesday with seven victories.
NOTES: After receiving the title for the entire Can-Am League, Sams was of course appointed as Capitals of the Month in June … In the final game of a series of three against Ottawa, Wednesday, the Capitals will first entrust the ball to Joey Maher (file 2-2, mpm 3.00), while the Champions will send Austin Chrismon (5-2, 5,62) on the butte … We will know Thursday The line-up for the July 25th All-Star Game in Ottawa, where the best elements of Can-Am will face their counterparts from the American Association.