AVERAGE CAN-AM LEAGUE GAME TIME DROPS 19 MINUTES IN 2018

Durham, N.C. — The average 2018 regular-season nine-inning game time in the Can-Am League was 2 hours, 49 minutes, a decrease of 19 minutes, or 10%, from the 2017 average of 3 hours, 8 minutes.
  • The largest differences were seen in games at New Jersey and at Sussex County, with reductions of 24 minutes and 23 minutes, respectively, both decreases of 12%.
  • The shortest average game times were at Québec (2:40) and at Ottawa (2:41).
  • No club’s average game time was longer than 2:57.

Over the last few seasons, the league has taken a number of initiatives to reduce game times, including implementing the international tiebreaker rule, in which a runner begins the 11th inning on second base. All affiliated minor leagues put into place a similar rule starting this season.

Much of 2018’s reduction in nine-inning game time can be attributed to the league’s new pace of play rules, which include:
– Mound visits limited to 30 seconds.
– One catcher’s visit to the mound per inning, per pitcher.
– A pitcher must deliver a pitch within 20 seconds of receiving the ball. Failure to comply results in an automatic ball.
– Between innings, the team taking the field has 90 seconds to warm up once the last fielder crosses the foul line closest to their team’s dugout.
– New pitchers allowed two minutes to warm up.
– A batter must enter the batter’s box within 15 seconds of the prior batter’s completed at-bat. If he does not, a strike is added to the count.
– A batter may not step out of the batter’s box once the at-bat has begun (Official Baseball Rule 5.04 (4)(A)). The batter must keep one foot in the batter’s box at all times. Failure to comply results in an automatic strike.
– If a manager wants to intentionally walk a batter, he signals to the plate umpire.

SUSSEX COUNTY MINERS – 2018 CAN-AM LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

SEPTEMBER 15 PLAYOFF RECAP

Sussex County 6, Quebec 5 (Sussex County wins championship, 3-1) – Box Score

Photo Courtesy: Dennis Mark/Sussex County Miners

 

Martin Figueroa (pictured) launched a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to help Sussex County defeat Quebec 6-5 in game four and win the 2018 Can-Am League Championship. The Miners walked-off on the Capitales for the second straight night as they rallied from a 5-3 deficit in their last frame to take home the title.

Sussex County had 13 hits on the night and was led by Figueroa who went 4-for-5 with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBIs. Audy Ciriaco had three hits in five at-bats along with a run scored while Christian Correa drove in a run and went 2-for-3.

Miners pitcher Kevin Grendell tossed 1 2/3 innings of relief and picked-up the victory. Grendell gave up the Nick Van Stratten solo home run in the ninth and a walk in the seven batters he faced.

For Quebec in the losing effort, Van Stratten had a 2-for-4 outing with two runs scored and an RBI.

MINERS RALLY LATE TO BEAT CAPITALES AND TAKE 2-1 SERIES LEAD

SEPTEMBER 14 PLAYOFF RECAP

Photo Courtesy: Sara Schaarschmidt/Sussex County Miners

 

Sussex County 7, Quebec 6 (Sussex County leads series, 2-1) – Box Score

Daniel Mateo’s single in the ninth inning brought Mikey Reynolds (pictured) home from second base and gave Sussex County an 7-6 walk-off win over Quebec. The Miners trailed 6-4 after seven innings before scoring two in the eighth and one more in the ninth to take home the game three victory.

Mateo went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs while Reynolds and Christian Correa each had a pair of hits in four at-bats and scored a run. Audy Ciriaco also chipped in with a double and three RBIs for Sussex County.

Miners pitcher Michael Wagner tossed 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and earned the win. Wagner gave up two hits and struck out three in his 62-pitch performance.

For Quebec in the loss, James McOwen had a 2-for-5 outing with a run scored.

With the victory, Sussex County took a 2-1 lead in the Can-Am League Championship Series and can wrap up the league title in game four Saturday night at 6:05 PM.

 

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CAPITALES REBOUND TO BEAT MINERS 4-3, EVEN SERIES AT 1-1

SEPTEMBER 13 PLAYOFF RECAP

Quebec 4, Sussex County 3 (Series tied, 1-1) – Box Score

Quebec evened the Can-Am League Championship Series at a game apiece as they defeated Sussex County by a final of 4-3. Kalian Sams (pictured) hit a solo home run in the third inning to give Quebec a 4-2 lead and that proved to be the difference in the contest.

Sams, Yordan Manduley and Maxx Tissenbaum each collected in a hit in four at-bats along with a run scored while David Salgueiro had a double and two RBIs.

Capitales starting pitcher Jay Johnson tossed eight solid innings in earning his third victory of the postseason. Johnson gave up an earned run on five hits and struck out seven in a 104-pitch performance.

For Sussex County in the losing effort, Daniel Mateo had a 2-for-4 night with a run scored and an RBI.

The scene for the remainder of the series shifts to Sussex County at Skylands Park. Game three of the best-of-five finals will begin Friday night at 7:05 PM.

 

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MINERS TAKE GAME ONE OF FINALS WITH 7-3 WIN OVER CAPITALES

SEPTEMBER 12 PLAYOFF RECAP

Photo Courtesy: Dennis Mark/Sussex County Miners

 

Sussex County 7, Quebec 3 (Sussex County leads series, 1-0) – Box Score

Sussex County wins game one of the Can-Am League Championship Series as they downed Quebec by the score of 7-3.

After four scoreless innings to start off the contest, the Miners got the offense going as they scored a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take a 4-0 lead. The Capitales answered with three in the seventh to cut the deficit to 4-3 before Sussex County put the game away with a three-run blast by Daniel Mateo (pictured) in the eighth.

Mateo went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs while Martin Figueroa had a pair of hits in four at-bats and drove in a run. Jared McDonald also chipped in two runs for the Miners.

Sussex County starting pitcher Kenny Koplove tossed 6 2/3 innings and picked-up his second win of the postseason. Koplove allowed three earned runs on five hits and struck out three batters.

For Quebec in the losing effort, Brad Antchak had a 2-for-3 game with an RBI.

Game two of the best-of-five finals is Thursday night at Stade Canac in Quebec City. First pitch is slated for 7:05 PM.

 

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GAME ONE OF CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RAINED OUT

Sussex County at Quebec (Game 1 – Postponed/Rain)

Game one of the Can-Am League Championship Series between Sussex County and Quebec has been postponed. It will now be played on Wednesday, September 12 beginning at 7:05 PM.

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MINERS, CAPITALES TO CLASH IN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Kalian Sams photo: Sébastien Dion
Jayce Ray photo: Sussex County Miners

Durham, N.C. — The Can-Am League’s two top squads during the regular season, the Sussex County Miners and the Quebec Capitales, will meet in the best-of-five championship series beginning Tuesday at Stade Canac in Quebec City.

This is the second postseason meeting between the two clubs, as the Capitales swept a three-game semifinal series in 2017.

(1) Sussex County Miners vs. (2) Quebec Capitales
Game 1:
Tuesday, September 11 at Québec, 7:05 – Kenny Koplove (SC) vs. Arik Sikula (QUE)
Game 2: Wednesday, September 12 at Québec, 7:05 – TBA (SC) vs. Lazaro Blanco (QUE)
Game 3: Thursday, September 13 at Sussex County, 7:05 – TBA (SC) vs. Jay Johnson (QUE)
Game 4: Friday, September 14 at Sussex County (if necessary), 7:05
Game 5: Saturday, September 15 at Sussex County (if necessary), 6:05

Sussex County put together its best regular season in franchise history in 2018, leading the league with a 63-38 record and a .624 winning percentage. The Miners survived a scare from fourth-seeded Trois-Rivières in the semifinals, taking the first two on the road, then dropping the next two back at Skylands Park before edging the Aigles, 3-2, at home on Sunday.

All-star first baseman Audy Ciriaco has continued his superb play into the postseason, going 11-for-21 (.524) in the semifinals. Sussex County was also aided by two gutty pitching performances from righty starter Cory Jones, who threw 9 innings in Game 1 and 8.2 innings in Game 5 to earn a pair of wins.

Quebec was the league’s hottest team at the end of the season, finishing 58-44 (.569). For the third season in a row, the Capitales faced Rockland during the playoffs; after losing to the Boulders in the 2016 semifinals and winning in the 2017 finals, Quebec polished off Rockland in 2018, taking the series 3 games to 1.

OF Nick Van Stratten led the Capitales’ attack in the semifinals, going 7-for-15 (.467) with three RBI and three runs scored. Righty Lazaro Blanco had an especially impressive outing in the team’s Game 3 victory, giving up no earned runs in seven innings of work, fanning 10.

Home-field advantage will be an interesting angle to the series. Sussex County went 41-13 at Skylands Stadium this season, a league record for both victories and winning percentage (.759). The Miners went 7-3 at home against the Quebec this season. However, including both regular season and playoffs, Sussex County has lost six of its last eight home games.

Meanwhile, the Capitales went 36-18 (.667) at Stade Canac this season, including a perfect 7-0 record against the Miners. Dating back to 2016, Quebec has won its last seven home playoff games.

  • Head-to-head in 2018: Quebec won the season series, 10-7
  • At Skylands Stadium: Sussex County won the series, 7-3
  • At Stade Canac: Quebec won the series, 7-0
  • Miners vs. Quebec in 2018: .264 BA, 75 runs scored, 28 stolen bases, 4.02 ERA – full team stats vs. QUE
  • Capitales vs. Sussex County in 2018: .275 BA, 79 runs scored, 17 stolen bases, 3.76 ERA – full team stats vs. SC
  • Previous series match-ups:
    • Quebec won 2017 semifinals, 3-0

 

MINERS ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES WITH 3-2 WIN IN GAME FIVE

SEPTEMBER 9 PLAYOFF RECAP

Photo Courtesy: Torri Koppenaal/ Sussex County Miners

 

Sussex County 3, Trois-Rivieres 2 (Sussex County wins series, 3-2) – Box Score

Martin Figueroa’s (pictured) sacrifice fly in the eighth inning gave Sussex County a 3-0 lead and that proved to be the difference in the game as the Miners defeated Trois-Rivieres in the decisive game five, 3-2. With the win, Sussex County advanced to the Can-Am League Championship Series where they will take on Quebec.

Sussex County starting pitcher Cory Jones tossed 8 2/3 solid innings and earned his second win of the postseason. Jones gave up two earned runs on nine hits and struck out nine in a 155-pitch performance.

Offensively for the Miners, Figueroa went 1-for-3 with two RBIs while Audy Ciriaco had two hits in four at-bats along with two runs scored. Mikey Reynolds also chipped in a pair of hits for Sussex County.

For the Aigles in the losing effort, Alexi Colon had a 1-for-5 game and launched a two-run home run.

Game one of the best-of-five championship series will take place on Tuesday in Quebec beginning at 7:05 PM.

 

Fans can watch all Can-Am League games live and for free at www.canamleague.tv.

QUEBEC ADVANCES TO CLCS; TROIS-RIVIERES FORCES A DECISIVE GAME FIVE

SEPTEMBER 8 PLAYOFF RECAP

Photo Courtesy: Quebec Capitales 

 

Quebec 7, Rockland 3 (Quebec wins series, 3-1) – Box Score

Quebec will get the opportunity to repeat as Can-Am League champions as they advanced to the league championship series with a 7-3 win over Rockland. The Capitales scored four runs in the sixth inning to overcome a 3-2 deficit and cruise to the decisive victory.

The Capitales had 11 hits in the game with four batters having multi-hit games. Zach Wilson went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI while Maxx Tissenbaum (pictured) added a pair of hits in four at-bats and three runs batted in. Yordan Manduley and James McOwen each chipped in two hits as well for Quebec and Kalian Sams launched his third home run of the postseason.

Capitales pitcher Jay Johnson threw three scoreless innings of relief to notch his second win of the series. Johnson allowed a hit and struck out three in the 10 batters that he faced.

For Rockland in the loss, Conrad Gregor had a 3-for-4 outing with a home run.

Quebec will begin the CLCS on Tuesday night and play the winner of the Trois-Rivieres-Sussex County series.

 

Trois-Rivieres 8, Sussex County 6 (Series tied, 2-2) – Box Score

Trois-Rivieres forced a winner-take-all game five as they defeated Sussex County by the score of 8-6. With the Miners leading 5-3 after six innings of play, the Aigles scored two runs in the seventh to tie up the contest and then three more in the ninth to take the lead for good.

The Aigles banged out 10 hits in the game and was led by Alberth Martinez who went 4-for-5 with two home runs, two doubles and six RBIs. Taylor Brennan and Sam Dexter each collected a hit and scored two runs while Michael Suchy doubled and drove in a run.

Trois-Rivieres pitcher Ethan Elias tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and earned the victory. Elias gave up a hit and a walk while striking out one in the 33-pitch outing.

For Sussex County in the losing effort, Audy Ciriaco had a 3-for-5 game with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Game five will be at Skylands Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 PM.

 

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AIGLES KEEP SEASON ALIVE WITH GAME THREE WIN OVER MINERS

SEPTEMBER 7 PLAYOFF RECAP

Trois-Rivieres 5, Sussex County 3 (Sussex County leads series, 2-1) – Box Score

Trois-Rivieres kept their season alive as they defeated Sussex County in game three of their semifinal matchup by the score of 5-3. The Aigles scored four runs in the third inning to take a 4-0 lead and would coast from there to the big victory.

The Aigles collected 10 hits as a team with eight batters in the lineup collecting at least one. Javier Herrera went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI while Sam Dexter (pictured) added a hit in three at-bats along with an RBI and two walks.

Trois-Rivieres starting pitcher Kevin McNorton threw a complete game and earned the victory. McNorton allowed three earned runs on six hits and fanned 12 batters in a 137-pitch performance.

For the Miners in the loss, Jayce Ray had a 2-for-4 outing and drove in two runs.

Game four of this best-of-five semifinal will be back in Sussex County on Saturday at 6:05 PM.

 

Quebec 6, Rockland 2 (Quebec lead series, 2-1) – Box Score

Quebec is one win away from advancing to the Can-Am League Championship Series as they defeated Rockland in game three by the score of 6-2. Zach Wilson’s RBI single in the fifth inning gave the Capitales the lead for good at 3-2 and they would go on from there to grab a 2-1 series lead.

Wilson drove in a pair of runs in a 1-for-3 night while TJ White had two hits in three at-bats along with a run scored. Adam Ehrlich also chipped two walks and two runs for Quebec.

Capitales starting pitcher Lazaro Blanco tossed seven solid innings in picking up the victory. Blanco gave up two unearned runs on four hits and struck out 10 batters.

For the Boulders in the losing effort, Reggie Wilson had a 2-for-3 game and scored a run.

Game four of the best-of-five series is Saturday night at 6:05 PM in Quebec City.

 

Fans can watch all Can-Am League games live and for free at www.canamleague.tv.