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Les Aigles de Trois-Rivières captured the first leg of the Battle of La Belle Province, against the Capitales de Québec, winning 2-1 in front of a full house at Stade Canac on Friday .
This setback extends the losing streak of the team from the Old Capital to seven games, which is by far its biggest crossing of the desert of the season.
Raphael Gladu scored the winning run in the eighth inning. His ground ball sent Ricardo Sanchez to home plate, and Eagles reliever Tyler Luneke did his job to close the Capitals coffin.
Visitor starting gunner Osman Gutierrez offered a clinic at the mound . In eight innings of work, the Nicaraguan – formerly of the Toronto Blue Jays organization – allowed just one run on four hits, in addition to registering seven strikeouts.
Only Jeffry Parra, in the fourth inning, managed to produce a run at his expense. He hit a long ball to right field from the 'Caps' home to tie the game.
Gutierrez's opposite Codie Paiva didn't look bad in the loss, far from there. He allowed opponents one earned run and two hits in six innings on the mound.
In the third inning, Eagles shortstop Juan Santana set the tone for the game. He mocked Paiva's offering by sending him out of bounds to open the scoring.
The other two duels in this series will be presented on Saturday and Sunday at Stade Canac .
Reinforcements for the Eagles
The Eagles announced on Friday that they have hired American pitcher Tucker Smith.
The club a few hours before his matchup against the Capitals.
Smith played four seasons in the NCAA with Georgia Southwestern. In 36 games during his university stay, he maintained an ERA of 2.51 and passed 215 rivals in the mitt.
The 6-foot athlete also played in the American Association , an independent baseball league, in 2021 and 2022.
Smith's hiring will notably replace the loss of starter Kyle Thomas, who was named on the disabled list for a period of 14 days.
The Eagles also indicated that they released relievers Jose Vasquez and Scott Gillespie.