(Quebec) A first circuit allowed them to take the lead early in the game, a second late in the game secured the victory. Yeicok Calderon, Lachlan Fontaine and five pitchers have joined forces Wednesday at Municipal Stadium, to allow Quebec Capitales defeat the Miners Sussex County by 8-3 in front of 2613 spectators.
The slap of colon Calderon (2nd) in the initial round proved the decisive blow of the 31st victory of the Capitals in 2016. In eighth, the first long ball of the Fountain rookie finally emerged visitors of the match, them who managed to get closer to a point after having trailed 4-0 in the first inning.
“I have to thank my teammates, they helped me a lot in recent weeks because it was not well to bat for me [0 to 15 in his 10 previous games]. They gave me good advice, told me not to let go. I admit that it feels good, “said Fontaine, the youngest player on the team.
In the first, Calderon set the tone with the first of his three hits. It has an average of 381 since his arrival in Quebec.
“When I hit a circuit, I get a fist in the air … I like to have fun, smile is one of the keys to success. I hit well since I’m here, I’m not trying to be the hero every night, just being in control of what I do, “noted lefty hitter.
Deprived of several regular players, the Capitals have combined 12 hits to finish their first season in half on a positive note. They were close to a half-game of the top of the Can-Am League baseball occupied by independent New Jersey.
“I am very happy the immediate response of the guys after a poor game on offense. It feels good to jump on them leaving in the first inning with four points, “thought the manager Patrick Scalabrini.
He did not hesitate to draw on his personal launchers. After five rounds, the starting Nate Roe (4-2) had seen four relievers to prevent Miners to approach closer than they were in third. “Everybody was available, except [Shaun] Ellis. We also wanted to avoid Roe faces the opposing hitters a third time, that’s what had hurt her lately, “summed Scalabrini.
The first half of the season allowed the manager Patrick Scalabrini develop talents of juggler, especially with its alignment often deprived of important players for reasons of injury or work permit. “There have been more than half the games where we lacked regular. I am satisfied [the first half of the season] to the whole work. Despite the injuries and odd business, we are fighting for first place. The depth is there for much. On paper, I think we better alignment in early season, especially with the addition of Maxx Tissenbaum (photo), who can play all positions, “analyzed the manager Capitals, who believes his club able to compete with the New Jersey Jackals, leaders in the standings.
Sams and Knecht at rest
Kalian Sams outfielder was not the only regular player resting on Wednesday, since his colleague right field, Marcus Knecht, also benefited from a leave of game due to discomfort in the leg. The two teammates would even need a few days to recover. “I am available to hit in the ninth inning as required. I’m not lucky with injuries, I missed 11 games because of my back. There is nothing we can do against an injured hamstring, it happens when you play aggressively, which flies goals, etc. I have great confidence in my teammates and, as such, the edition 2016 is different from 2015, each compensates for the absence of the other, “explained Sams, leads the team with eight homers and nine stolen bases.
Jordan Lennerton came within two hits of the plateau in the 1000 career through a single and a double … The pitcher Martire Garcia had to point in the city on Wednesday night and will be used in succession until that it is inserted in the starting rotation next week … the Cuban Roel Santos resumed his place in the outfield after a forced one-week stay on the disabled list … Derek Hooker gets the start of the match against Sussex on Thursday … Karl Gelinas climb on the mound for the first game of the series in Trois-Rivières on Friday.
McDonald bet on Lucic
The day was perhaps the hottest of the summer, but it was about hockey in the shelter Capitals before the game. The pitcher Sheldon McDonald bet with the physiotherapist that Milan Lucic (Edmonton) have more points Alexander Radulov (Montreal) at the end of the next NHL season.
“Playing with Connor McDavid, it will help. This is a pleasant time to be an Oilers fan. I do not know if they will make the playoffs, but they have a much better team. It’s exciting, Edmonton, with the new arena. Trevor [Gretzky] attended the closing of the old with his father, he was impressed, “related the southpaw, who gets the start in Trois-Rivières on Saturday.