RECAP: Otters canâ€™t solve Grizzlies in series opener
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters couldn’t quite string together hits Friday as the Gateway Grizzlies and Jordan Barrett were able to shut out the Otters 3-0 in the series opener.
The Grizzlies jumped on the board in the first inning against Otters starter Brandyn Sittinger.
Sittinger walked two of the first three batters he faced, and then Brent Sakurai reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.
A fielder’s choice by Shawon Dunston Jr. scored Connor Owings, giving Gateway a 1-0 lead.
Sittinger was able to settle in to limit the damage to one run.
The Grizzlies would add their second run of the game in the top of the third inning on a solo home run by Dustin Woodcock, the second home run he has hit against the Otters this season.
Barrett retired the first six batters he faced in order, but it appeared the Otters would change the momentum of the game in their favor in the bottom of the third.
Rob Calabrese led off with a single, Tanner Wetrich singled with one out, and David Cronin walked to load the bases.
Barrett got the next two batters out to get out of the jam and hold onto the Grizzlies’ 2-0 lead.
Sittinger did find his rhythm as the game went along but exited the game after six innings. He allowed two runs – one earned – with seven strikeouts, but Sittinger was given the hard-luck loss.
Michael Gizzi started the seventh inning for the Otters and gave up a solo homer to Connor Owings with one out, extending the Grizzlies’ lead to three.
Barrett threw seven shutout innings, allowing no runs on three hits while tossing eight strikeouts. He would earn the win.
Grant Black came on in the eighth and retired the Otters in order, setting up a save situation for Geoff Bramblett in the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth with one out, Elijah MacNamee worked a walk and would advance to third on a single by Taylor Lane.
Jack Meggs, representing the tying run at the plate, grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game, giving Bramblett his 12th save of the season.
First pitch Saturday for game two of the three-game set is at 6:35 p.m. from Bosse Field.
Broadcast coverage can be found on the radio at 91.5 WUEV-FM or streamed on the Otters Digital Network via YouTube with Dave Nguyen (play-by-play) and Bill McKeon (analyst) on the call.
The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.
Saturday’s promotions include Breast Cancer Awareness Night with a themed-jersey auction and postgame fireworks by Marathon. Sunday will be Mascot Day.
To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.
The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.