The Boulders entered Thursday’s tilt with the Capitales holding a one-game lead atop the Can-Am League. The two teams now share that lead after Quebec’s shutout win to complete a much-needed series sweep.
The contest had the look of a textbook pitcher’s duel after the first three innings. Starters Murilo Gouvea and Markus Solbach were dialed in as Cody Regis and Phil Craig-St-Louis recorded the only two hits.
Quebec would come to life in the fourth with three runs on four hits. Maxx Tissenbaum drove in Jonathan Malo on a single, Yordan Manduley brought home Yurisbel Gracial on a sacrifice fly and Jordan Lennerton scored on an Adam Ehrlich single. The bleeding stopped after Daniel Rockett grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
The next three innings would go just as the first three went with Gouvea striking out three batters and Solbach punching out two. Both of their nights ended after the seventh.
Gouvea finished with four hits, no runs, three strikeouts and two walks while Solbach concluded with six hits, three earned runs, five strikeouts and one walk.
Rockland got their bats going against Brett Lee in the eighth and gave themselves hope for a comeback. Aaron Wilson pinch hit for newbie Kelvin Ramos and roped a one-out single. Dylan Tice followed up that at-bat with one of his own. Lee then settled in and struck out Regis and Joe Maloney to preserve the lead.
Richard Salazar made his long-awaited return off the disabled list and kept the game 3-0 in the bottom half, but the Boulders’ bats remained quiet in the ninth. Capitales closer Nolan Becker continued his dominance and picked up his 11th save of the season.
Rockland will return home to take on Trois-Rivieres in a three-game series before the All-Star Break. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Palisades Credit Union Park.
The Rockland Boulders lost to the Quebec Capitales for the second straight game by a score of 4-1. Ari Kaufman (0-3) pitched 6 innings and gave up three runs. Arik Sikula (7-3) was the winning pitcher after going 6.1 innings and surrendered just one unearned run.
The first run of the game came in the second inning when Quebec’s Maxx Tissenbaum scored after a dropped third strike. In the fifth, Yurisbel Gracial homered with Philippe Craig-St-Louis on base to increase the lead to 3-0.
Rockland finally got on the board in the seventh inning starting with an Aaron Wilson walk. The next batter, Kelvin Ramous singled and Wilson scored on an error by Craig-St-Louis. However, Quebec got the run back when Tissenbaum doubled home Gracial in the eighth. The Boulders were unable to score in the ninth.
The Boulders will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow before returning home for a series with the Trois-Rivieres Aigles.
Coming off a 3-3 homestand and looking to extend their 3 game lead in the CanAm League over the Capitales, the Boulders traveled to Quebec’s Stade Canac to begin a 3 game series against the Quebec Capitales. The Boulders sent Justin Topa to the hill against the Capitales’ Lozaro Blanco.
Jared McDonald led off the game with a double and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Capitales right fielder, Marcus Knecht. Dylan Tice came up to the plate next and singled scoring McDonald to give the Boulders the early 1-0 lead.
The game would remain a 1-0 score in favor of the Boulders until the bottom of the first inning. Philippe Craig-St.-Louis, the Capitales left fielder, led off the inning with a single. He would advance to third on a single by the next batter Jonathan Malo, the Capitales shortstop. Two batters later the Capitales firstbaseman Jordan Lennerton singled, scoring Craig-St.-Louis to tie the game at 1-1. Jonathan Malo would come around to score the second run of the inning for the Capitales on a sacrifice fly by Marcus Knecht to give the Capitales a 2-1 lead after the first inning.
To lead off the bottom of the 2nd the Capitales center fielder Daniel Rockett hit a rocket of a homerun over the left field wall to extend their lead to 3-1.
That score would hold at 3-1 in favor of the Capitales until the bottom of the 5th inning. With 1 out in the inning Jonathan Malo singled. Following a strikeout of Yurisbel Gracial, Justin Topa threw another mistake pitch and gave up his second homerun of the game to Jordan Lennerton to give the Capitales a 5-1 lead.
Following the 5th inning both teams would struggle offensively with the Boulders managing the only baserunners for the remaining 4 innings on two errors by the Capitales and two singles. The Boulders pitching staff would retire the last 9 Capitales batters.