Another defeat for the Capitals
Already plunged into the playoffs, the Capitals have not found better Thursday to be crushed 7-1 in Sussex, to wipe a sweep against the Miners and return to Quebec City for a fifth straight defeat.
The Capitals (25-41) are crumbling in the basement of the standings, at 6.5 games in the playoffs with 29 games to play in season. The weekend’s three Victoria Park rendez-vous against the fourth-place winners, the Rockland Boulders (32-35), become crucial.
“It will be our last games without our six players at the Pan American Games. It will take a touch of our magic in front of our fans to succeed in stealing this series and start a good sequence in August, “recognizes the manager Patrick Scalabrini, without being discouraged.
More and better
Thursday night, Scalabrini was hoping more and better for retired pitcher Isaac Pavlik of 39, called in reinforcement for a second start. However, Pavlik lasted only 1.1 rounds and 24 shots, giving him five earned runs on six hits.
Retired last year with an operation in the groin, Pavlik felt his injury resurface in the first round. “When we took it off, it was already too late. We went crazy with that and we were unable to stop the bleeding, “summed up the head instructor.
Champions and leaders in the standings, the Miners (43-21) did not ask for more. They beat the Capitals seven times in the last eight clashes between the two finalists in 2018.
The Capitals’ attack was a sign of life with two singles to start the fifth inning, but a failed cushion of David Salgueiro followed by withdrawals of momentum Brandon Fischer and TJ White have quickly extinguished the flame. To be sure, the Miners battled back with a two-run Trey Hair circuit. End of the broadcasts.
With the return to Quebec, Scalabrini kidnaps Pavlik, Chris Scura and Daniel Dominguez to make room for the return of Karl Gélinas and the temporary hiring of the players of position Jean-François Garon (junior, Repentigny) and Rylan Sandoval ( senior, Victoriaville). Garon is the hitter of the month of July in the junior elite.
NOTES: The honors of July in the Can-Am return to two Quebecers, the pitcher Phillippe Aumont (Ottawa) and the rapper Raphael Gladu (Trois-Rivières) … Tensor for the Capitals in seventh Thursday, Vincent Ruel was named launcher par excellence of the last month in … the junior elite, where he aligns with the Diamonds de Québec.