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Big fifth inning propels Champions over Aigles

2019 June 08

Eddy O'Grady

Trois-Rivières, Quebec - The Ottawa Champions (11-10) rode a five-run fifth inning to beat the Trois-Rivières Aigles (8-14) 13-7 at Stade Stereo+ Saturday afternoon.

With the bases loaded and no out in the the fifth inning, Jiandido Tromp (3-for-5, 4 RBI) scorched a double off the wall in center field, scoring two runs and tying the game 3-3. Two pitches later Steve Brown roped another double down the left-field line for two RBI of his own to make it 5-3.

The Aigles scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second inning, when Joe DeLuca became the first batter to hit a home run off of Champions starter Phillippe Aumont this season. DeLuca was responsible for six of the Aigles' seven runs, knocking in two with a single in the third inning and hitting his second home run of the game in the ninth with two men on.

Aumont (Win, 3-1) made his fifth start of the season, going five innings, allowing four earned runs and striking out four. He also walked a batter, one of just four walks on the season for Aumont through 30 ⅔ innings.

Aigles starter Cam LaFleur began his outing with three scoreless innings, but then allowed a run in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Brian PortelliCortland Cox (Loss, 0-3) came in in relief of LaFleur in the fifth inning and allowed all three inherited runners to score. The Aigles bullpen totalled nine earned runs over five innings of work.

Champions pitcher Heath Bowers threw three scoreless innings of relief before passing off the ball to Austin Glorius to close out the game in the ninth.

Jordan Caillouet (2-for-6, 4 RBI) hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning and Maikol Gonzalez (3-for-3) hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot, in the seventh. A Tromp double in the eighth finally brought the Champions to 13 runs on the afternoon.

Ottawa will complete the three-game series against Trois-Rivières tomorrow at 2:05 p.m.. Austin Chrismon is set to take the mound in search of the Champions' first series sweep of the season.