Jackals Fall 6-4 to the Capitales
Added by Steven Bassin on September 7, 2013.
The feeling of playoff baseball was definitely in the air Friday night, when the New Jersey Jackals took on the Quebec Capitales in Game 3 of the CAN-AM League Championship Series. With the series tied at 1-1, game 3 was huge for both teams to try to take control.
A night that felt more like October than September, both teams put everything they had on the field to win and take a 2-1 series lead. On this night though, it was the Quebec Capitales who emerged victorious and took a 2-1 lead in this championship league series.
The Capitales, behind their patient and timely hitting, were able to beat the Jackals 6-4. The Capitales’ right fielder Asif Shah, who is one of the best hitters in the Can-Am League, went 3-3, with a pair of walks, an RBI, and a run scored, all of which was a big part of the Capitales’ success on the night. Shah also made the play of the game, robbing Jackals DH John Lindsey of a base hit, which would have tied the game in the bottom of the 8th inning.
It was night of inconsistent play for the Jackals, to say the least. After coming back from being down 7-2 in Game 2 in the top of the 8th inning, to scoring 13 runs to win 15-7, tonight the Jackals were not able to push across runs, despite having 12 hits. Jackals right fielder Bryan Sabatella commented on the Jackals’ troubles with hitting with runners in scoring position tonight. He said “Anytime you got a guy in scoring position, it’s your job to get him in and we just didn’t do that tonight.” Sabatella would add “We’ve been doing it all year, so it’s not like we can’t do it, so it was one of those night’s things didn’t fall and we didn’t get the job done.”
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The Jackals, like in both Game 1 and Game 2 of this series, fell behind in the early goings. Starting pitcher Brandon Moore gave up 3 runs in the second inning that put the Jackals into a 3-0 hole to come out of.
The Jackals, now being down 2-1 in the series, need to rebound offensively and get more consistent pitching from Game 4 starter Jon Lucas in Game 4 if they want to tie the series up at 2-2. Sabatella commented on if Game 4 is a must win and said “Every game is a must win at this point. You know that’s what playoffs are. We don’t need to panic yet, we’re only down one game at this point, so we just gotta come out and get the job done tomorrow.”
Another big key for Jackals to come back in the series, is to get center fielder Chris Curran back on track. Curran, who was named Can-Am league defensive player of the year, has been a big key in the Jackals’ success offensively as their leadoff hitter. After having a tough first 2 games of the series in Quebec, and tonight going 0-4 after being pushed back to 8th in the lineup, the Jackals are hoping Curran can break out of his slump sooner than later.
The Jackals are currently fighting for their 5th league championship in franchise history, while the Capitales are looking to win their 5th straight Can-Am league championship, and 6th in the past 8 years.