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Difficult journey for the Capitals

Hard journey for Capitals


The last trip of the Quebec Capitals season to American soil certainly does not go as manager Patrick Scalabrini would have liked. The Capitale-Nationale team lost for the second time in a row, by a score of 8 to 3 against the Wild Things, Saturday, in Washington. 

Trailing 5-1 at the start of the eighth inning, the visitors were able to close the lead to two runs, but the crowd favorites dashed any remaining slender hopes by scoring three more runs in their turn at bat.

Ian Walters particularly hurt the Belle Province team. The Wild Things third baseman hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, before hitting a double with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, allowing two teammates to cross the plate. Walters ultimately finished his game with three hits and four RBIs.

Capitals starting pitcher Michael Austin was particularly roughed up, giving up five runs on nine hits and one on balls and he was only able to retire one opponent on strikes.

On offense too, the Capitals had very few happy moments. Jeffry Parra hit a two-run homer, while Kyle Crowl drove in the other run, hitting a single.

The visitors' batters also had some trouble batting : they were struck out 12 times in total, including six times by the winners' starting gunner, Stephen Knapp, who gave up only one run on three hits and one walk.

The Capitals will try to avoid the affront of being swept away, playing one last game against the Wild Things on Sunday, before starting their last series of the 2022 campaign in the United States, against the New York Jackals Jersey, Tuesday to Thursday.

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