Five-Game Win Streak Moves Quebec Capitales into First, Week in Review, June 12-18
Week in Review
A five-game win streak has moved the Quebec Capitales into first place in the Can-Am League. A 6-1 record has them seven-games over .500 and 1.5 games ahead of Rockland.
Quebec took three of four from Rockland last weekend. After an 8-3 win Thursday night, the Capitales played three straight one-run games with the Boulders. Friday night Quebec led 2-1 through seven. The Boulders scored a run in each of the next two innings to tie the score, but the Capitales responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of each inning, on their way to a 4-3 win. A wild pitch scored Tyler Young to win the game. Tim Smith went 2-4 with a run and 2 RBI.
In Game 3, the Boulders scored a run in the top of the 11th inning to win 2-1. Derrick Penilla allowed just one hit in seven innings of work, while striking out eight. Shaun Ellis took the loss despite pitching extremely well in his four innings of relief.
In the final game of the series the Capitales rebounded, jumping out to a 3-0 lead and then hanging on to win 3-2. Ismel Jimenez won his third game of the season and Deryk Hooker earned his fifth save. Jonathan Malo had two doubles, scored two runs, walked twice and drove home a run. He also stole his fourth base of the season.
New Jersey came to town and was swept by the Quebec Capitales. In the first game the home team won 3-1. Derek Dubois won his first game of the season and Hooker recorded his sixth save. Jean-Luc Blaquiere scored two of the club’s three runs. Kalian Sams hit his fourth home run of the season.
In the second game Karl Gelinas tossed a three-hit shutout, striking out five. Gelinas faced two over the minimum in the 95-pitch outing. The No. 8 and 9 hitters came up big for the Capitales. Yordan Manduley was 2-4 with a run and an RBI, and Mike Washburn was 2-3 with 2 runs scored.
In the final game New Jersey took a 3-0 lead, but Quebec battled back with four runs to take the 4-3 win. Sheldon McDonald earned his third win, and Hooker came in for his seventh save. Josue Peley drove in two and Manduley added two more hits in three trips to the plate.
Thursday night the Quebec Capitales traveled to Sussex County. The visitors led 8-0 after a six-run fifth inning, but the Miners battled back with five in the eighth to pull within three. That is as close as it would get. Mark Hardy moved to 2-0 with 7-plus innings of one run ball, and Peley drove in three runs. Washburn added two more hits in four trips to the plate.
June 12 – Quebec 4, Rockland 3
June 13 – Rockland 2, Quebec 1
June 14 – Quebec 3, Rockland 2
June 15 – Quebec 3, New Jersey 1
June 16 – Quebec 5, New Jersey 0
June 17 – Quebec 4, New Jersey 3
June 18 – Quebec 8, Sussex County 5
Record: 15-8, 1.5 games ahead in first place (1st)
Deryk Hooker had quite a week for the Quebec Capitales. The right-hander had a win and three saves. He pitched 4.1 innings, allowed 2 hits and struck out 2. He now has seven saves, which leads the Can-Am League.
On June 13, the Quebec Capitales activated outfielder Yunieski Gurriel from the disabled list. Gurriel is hitting .250 in 9 games this season, with five RBI.
On June 16, the club signed outfielder Alexei Bell and put RHP Ismael Jimenez on the inactive list. Bell has hit .324 in 10 games with Quebec and scored 9 runs.
Two days later RHP Scott Moviel was signed and LHP Jay Johnson was placed on the disabled list.
By Robert Pannier