This is, without a doubt, a special season.
In 2005, during the first season of the Can-Am League, the Worcester Tornadoes set a record by playing 14 games in overtime.
Twelve years later, the Champions Ottawa are on course to smash that mark. They played over nine innings for the 12th time in 2016 on Wednesday.
It does not amuse anyone.
Especially not the manager Hal Lanier. He was still very bad mood, after this game lost 7-6 against the Trois-Rivières Aigles.
“You know what is frustrating? We would have to win this game in the ninth inning. In fact, we have just suffered two overtime losses in as many nights. We would have to win these two parts in nine innings, “he said.
The 74 year old man allowed himself to criticize severely enough launchers.
Two relievers have made large gifts to the Eagles on Wednesday.
Ironically, these two pitchers have ever worn the uniform trifluvian.
There first Tyler Wilson. Giant six feet six inches launched two seasons as a starter in Trois-Rivières, between 2013 and 2014. Two pretty ordinary seasons, thank you.
He has since had a chance to reinvent itself in the bullpen in Ottawa.
In the ninth inning Wednesday, he had the opportunity to succeed rescue his 12th of the season, which would have allowed him to join the leaders in the Can-Am League.
Instead, he flubbed his chance, allowing three batters to reach consecutively trails.
Lanier has just give a chance to another former Eagles. The Dominican veteran of 34 years Luis Munoz was used as a starter early in the season, in Trois-Rivières. In Ottawa, we intend to use in relief.
In his first outing in blue, white and red, in 11th, he allowed three runs.
“You know why we’re losing matches like this one? Because we do not lace up of pretty good shots in batting we should remove easily, spits Lanier. We can not throw breaking balls or fastballs in the heart of marble each time. At times I’d like to see our pitchers handcuff someone. I’m not happy. Really not happy. ”
The Champions, casually, through a hollow sequence. They have won only one of their last six matches.
With the Eagles, in the late evening, the atmosphere was a little more relaxed.
After two games, Maxime Poulin interim manager remains undefeated.
“The guys show us that they want to fight,” he believes.
Poulin was not too much criticisms at the location of its launchers. On the contrary. He had good words for his leaving, the left Porfirio Lopez.
He allowed just five hits and three earned runs in six innings of work.
“He has just launched his best game of the season, he believes. There is one who was on the ropes. When we hired him, early in the season, we were convinced that he had potential. We thought he could do something special. We changed a little its approach. Now he is coming off a great game. ”
Champions may have lost an important player in the late evening. The right fielder Kenny Bryant received a fastball down on one knee. “This may leave traces. We’ll see in coming days how it feels, “Lanier fact.
Lanier hiring a veteran pitcher
Champions always trying to adapt to life without Wilmer Font.
They continue to seek a launcher capable of replacing the departing talented, who left the Can-Am League at the beginning of July to join the organization of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Wednesday, Hal Lanier gave a test veteran independent baseball. The right-hander, 34, Luis Munoz has agreed with his club.
Munoz, who is from the Dominican Republic, spent some time in the organization of Trois-Rivières Aigles.
He enjoyed good times in Mauricie. During the playoffs in 2015, for example, he was unbeaten in three starts.
Her debut 2016 season was a lot less rosy. When he was fired, he had a 0-3 record and an earned run average of 6.53 after four starts.
The Champions have also placed their utility player Jason Coker on the injured list.
One who helped out as much to the infield that as a relief pitcher this season has not played for ten days.