The Capitals of Quebec dropped flag 6 to 4 in a crucial meeting against the Eagles of Trois-Rivières, Tuesday, at the Stade Canac. In addition to equalizing local favorites in the race to the Metropolitan Rustproof Cup, visitors have annihilated any hope for the Quebec team to participate in the post-season championship.
In the first race, the evening of the starter Austin Chrismon (5-5) was announced perilous. As soon as the match began, a point was already appearing for T.J. Stanton's men, on a long ball from first batter David Glaude. Chrismon will be chased after conceding five earned runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings.
Then returning from behind by scoring three points in the third inning with doubles, the Capitals have however allowed three Eagles runners to return to the plate in the next round. Quebec was finally unable to get back on track, even though local manager Patrick Scalabrini was stubborn with the referee at the plate before being sent off in a vain attempt to shake his men in the seventh.
"The three-point circuit from Levon Washington really hurt us. So it was really an accumulation of frustration, but also dissatisfaction in the work of the referee who led to this expulsion. That and maybe wanting to create a little spark, "said the principal.
The Capitals receive the Eagles of Trois-Rivières again at the Stade Canac on Wednesday night for the second game of the last home series of the season.
A first in five years
With this loss, Canac Stadium's residents are pushed back to 7.5 games by the Rockland Boulders in fourth place in the Can-Am League, the latter giving access to the post-season tournament. Given that there are only six games left on the regular schedule of the Quebec squad and seven for Kevin Baez's protégés, the Capitals are definitely eliminated from the playoffs.
The last time the organization was in this situation was in 2014. They had then ended the year with a record of 46 wins for 50 losses, a roadmap much more interesting than the current campaign.
"Unlike 2014, we knew more quickly that we would hit a wall. This is our worst season since the beginning of the organization, so pride, it hurts, "dropped Scalabrini at the end of the meeting.