RECAP: Castellani, Freedom blank Otters in series finale
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters ran into a tough matchup Sunday against the Florence Freedom’s Mike Castellani on the mound, who led the Freedom to a 4-0 win over the Otters.
Sunday’s series finale was a pitcher’s duel early in the game. Both starting pitchers, Castellani for Florence and Tyler Beardsley for Evansville, were throwing up zeroes on the scoreboard.
With both offenses being held in check early on, there were a combined four hits through four innings. Evansville didn’t get their first hit off Castellani until the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Freedom broke the scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the fifth.
With two outs, Florence loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. Then Isaac Benard knocked in the two runs with a single to score Ricky Ramirez Jr. and Caleb Lopes.
Florence tacked on another run in the top of the sixth to take a 3-0 lead on a solo home run by Connor Crane. For Crane, it was his 11th home run of the season but his 13th RBI against the Otters this season.
Beardsley went six innings in Sunday’s start, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out three in the loss. Beardsley’s record moved to 8-4 on the season.
Sunday was the first time this season in 10 starts at home that Beardsley surrendered more than two runs, and it was his first loss at Bosse Field this season.
The Freedom increased their lead to 4-0 in the top of the eighth on an RBI hit by Austin Wobrock.
Castellani was solid for Florence in the rubber game, going 8.1 shutout innings, giving up three hits, and striking out four. With the win, Castellani improved his record to 9-2.
Florence reliever Karl Craigie recorded the final two outs for the Freedom.
Otters reliever Cam Opp pitched two innings, giving up one run with two strikeouts, and Taylor Wright pitched a scoreless top of the ninth with a pair of strikeouts.
Keith Grieshaber recorded two of the Otters’ four hits on Sunday.
Sunday also marked the Otters’ first series loss to the Freedom this season.
Following the conclusion of Sunday’s afternoon contest between Florence and Evansville, the Otters’ magic number to clinch a postseason berth remained at four.
The Otters will conclude their regular season home schedule Tuesday through Thursday with a three-game set against the Gateway Grizzlies.
First pitch for Tuesday's series opener is at 6:35 p.m. from Bosse Field.
Broadcast coverage can be found on the radio at 91.5 WUEV-FM or WUEV.org 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.
For Evansville's final regular season homestand, the Otters are presenting Bites, Brews and Baseball.
Tuesday will be $2 Tuesday with $2 popcorn and G.A. tickets, and it will be Taco Tuesday. There will be taco vendors, margaritas, a mariachi band, and pregame Zumba on the front lawn. Tuesday is sponsored by United Methodist Church.
Wednesday is Deaconess Heart Services Night and Weenie Wednesday. For Weenie Wednesday, there will be a pregame hot dog eating contest for pre-registered participants, discounted hot dogs, limited edition "Weenie Wednesday" shirt for sale, and special music guest DJ Perm.
Thursday's regular season home finale will be Customer Appreciation Night, College Night, and Bud Light Thirsty Thursday. For College Night, those with a valid college I.D. can get $2 G.A. tickets and free popcorn. There will special price drafts for Bud Light Thirsty Thursday presented by Working Distributors. Thursday will also feature special music guest DJ McNaughty. Thursday is sponsored by Army ROTC.
The Evansville Otters want to thank all fans and corporate partners for their support and help in making the Otters' 25th anniversary season a success.
To purchase a playoff pass or a group outing, 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.