The Quebec Capitales were never able to open the machine offensively in the first game of their series against the Lake Erie Crushers, Tuesday at Canac Stadium, so they lost 6 to 1.

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The batters of the Capitale-Nationale team were first handcuffed for six and a third innings by starting pitcher Matt Mulhearn, who left six opponents in the dust. He allowed just one run, in the opening inning, when Jeffry Parra sent one of his offerings out of bounds.

It was, however, the only moment of celebration for the crowd favourites, who only managed six strikes from the safe place during the match. They still maintained a 1-1 tie until the sixth set, where they gave up three runs to the winners of the day. Starting gunner Codie Paiva was the victim of that push, eventually coming off the mound after five and a third innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks.

The Crushers then drove the final nail into the Capitals’ coffin in their eighth turn at bat, adding two runs in that moment.

Despite the loss, the Capitals won’t have to worry about their first place finish in the Frontier League East right away, as they are still the only team with at least 40 wins, by virtue of a record of 44- 17.

Patrick Scalabrini’s men will also have the opportunity to take revenge quite quickly, they who must face the Crushers two more times, Wednesday and Thursday, before heading back to the United States, to face the Wild Things of Washington, over the weekend.