The Tri-City ValleyCats started hot and avoided a late collapse Monday night as they beat the Ottawa Titans 7-6 at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium to run their win streak to five.
The ValleyCats (25-20) led 7-3 heading into the ninth inning, but the Titans got a run back against reliever Brac Warren. Trey Cochran-Gill entered with two on and nobody out, and while the Titans got both of those runners home, he escaped the jam to seal the win.
Tri-City was buoyed by a four-run first inning, with a pair of home runs accounting for the scoring. Denis Phipps got things started with a three-run homer, and Juan Silverio added a solo shot.
A Brantley Bell RBI double and an RBI groundout from Jesus Lujano gave the ValleyCats a 6-1 lead after two innings, and Jace Mercer’s RBI fielder’s choice in the fifth rounded out the scoring for Tri-City.
ValleyCats starting pitcher Joey Gonzalez earned the win, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings while striking out six and walking one.
Up next for the ValleyCats is a three-game series against the Quebec City Capitales, which opens Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
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