QUEBEC | After an unusual evening at Stade Canac, marked by a power outage that lasted about thirty minutes, the Capitales de Québec remained alive on Saturday night, beating the Ottawa Titans by score 4 to 3.
By signing the victory in front of 4297 spectators, the local team forced the holding of a third and final match in this short series which will conclude on Sunday, always in Quebec.
T.J. White played the heroes in the bottom of the 11th inning with a game-ending hit. He then pushed his teammate Michael Theisen to the paying plate before being surrounded and celebrated by all the players of the Capitals.
A little earlier, the Quebecer Marc-Antoine Lebreux had skillfully deposited a cushioning- sacrifice to allow Theisen to advance from first to second base, then David Glaude advanced him to third base.
“It's not the end,” Quebec pitcher Miguel Cienfuegos had wished Friday night after the loss to Ottawa. It's good that we had a more difficult game when we left, it stirs the cage a bit, we come home with two games, we have the advantage of the field and we just have to do the work at home.
At the end of the ninth inning, with no outs and bases loaded, the Capitals had missed a great opportunity to win. Jeffry Parra, White and Kyle Crowl took turns being struck out by Titans reliever Matt Valin.
As to how Saturday's game unfolded, Capitals starter Codie Paiva already had 61 shots on the clock after the Titans' first two at bats . His total was 118 when he left the game after five and a third innings.
The fate of the Capitals was thus to rest, in large part, on the shoulders of the relievers of the team, including Frank Moscatiello, on the mound when the lights went out. Franklin Parra was a big contributor, allowing no hits and only one walk in four innings in relief.
Paiva allowed three runs, all earned, on nine hits and a goal on balls during his presence on the mound. AJ Wright and Jake Sanford each hit the long ball at his expense.
Tristan Pompey had offered a first moment of rejoicing to the crowd at Stade Canac, at the end of the second inning, by hitting a two-run homer. Pompey, however, had to leave the game at the start of the sixth inning, after attempting a defensive dive.
Injured on the streak, the left fielder, a little too daring, allowed batter Tyrus Greene to reach third base, despite himself. It was possible to believe, at a certain moment, in a circuit inside the field… Greene finally managed to cross home plate following a double from his teammate Wright. The Titans then tied the game at 3 to 3.
Quebecer Jonathan Lacroix also drove in a run for the Capitals in this game, with a timely single to center field, in the fourth inning.
– The other semi-final between the Schaumburg Boomers and the Washington Wild Things enjoyed a break on Saturday. The Boomers lead 1-0 in this series 2 of 3.
Tribute to the work accomplished by Franklin Parra
Manager Patrick Scalabrini was smiling but exhausted after Saturday night's playoff game at Stade Canac, won 4-3 in the bottom of 11th innings by the Capitales de Québec against the Ottawa Titans.
“I'm burnt out,” Scalabrini said. It's stressful on a day like that.”
While T.J. White was the hero with the game-ending hit, Scalabrini drew attention to another of his players: 22-year-old reliever Franklin Parra.
“He grew up the kid, indicated the manager. He is our youngest player. But considering his end of the season, when he lost [Nick] Horvath, we wanted him to be our trusted guy. What an amazing job under pressure! It's a bit like him who won that match for us.”
In four innings of work, the young Parra allowed no hits and only one walk. He thus ensured the survival of the Capitals in the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th innings. Horvath, who was hired by the Los Angeles Angels organization earlier this month, couldn't have done better.
Jeffry get up
For Sunday's decisive game, Scalabrini will have to rely on other heroes. The manager also challenged another Parra, Jeffry.
“I expect a big game from Jeffry Parra tomorrow (Sunday)”, sent Scalabrini, knowing full well that the regular-season 32-home hitter didn't have his best game on Saturday.
On two occasions, the Dominican could have won his team simply by pushing a teammate to the plate. Late in the ninth inning, with no outs and bases loaded, Parra was notably unable to generate anything. He was instead struck out.
Carlos Sano will be the starting pitcher for the Capitals, Sunday in Quebec City, in the third and decisive game of this series against the Ottawa Titans.< /li>
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128