RECAP: Otters lose 10-3 in series finale against Grizzlies
SAUGET, Ill. - Thanks to two home runs and an offensive surge, the Gateway Grizzlies impressed their fans on the Fourth of July with a 10-3 rubber match win over the Evansville Otters.
Gateway opened the scoring in the bottom of the third, when Dylan Jones came home to score from third on a 3-6-3 double play. The Grizzlies thus took a 1-0 lead against Otters’ starter Austin Gossmann.
Gateway broke the game open in the top of the fourth, as Dustin Woodcock hit a two-run homer that left GCS Credit Union Ballpark, giving the Grizzlies a 3-0 advantage. Gateway would add their third and final run of the inning after Ty Moore hit a two-out RBI single, driving home Nick Rotola. Gateway then led 4-0.
There the score would hold until the bottom of the seventh, when the Grizzlies piled on for a five-run seventh. Samson Abernathy relieved Austin Gossmann after he had tossed six innings of four-run ball, striking out five and walking none.
After two one-out singles off Abernathy, Andres Regnault smacked his third home run of the series, hitting a three-run shot to right field. Gateway picked up two more runs as Connor Owings and Justin Jones managed back-to-back, two-out RBI doubles off of Otters reliever Jacob Bowles, who was relieved after a two-out walk to Nick Rotola. The score was then 9-0.
The Otters put their first and only runs on the board in the top of the eighth, when Riley Krane hit a three-run home run to right, his sixth of the season.
Gateway added another run in the bottom half of that inning, as Ty Moore scored on an RBI-double from Dustin Woodcock against Justin Lewis, who gave up just the one run in his one inning of relief. From there the score would hold, 10-3.
Jordan Barrett (2-3) earned the win, while Austin Gossmann (2-2) took the loss.
Evansville will return home for a six-game homestand that opens Tuesday against the Joliet Slammers. First pitch in that game will be at 6:35 p.m.
Tuesday is Taco Tuesday at Bosse Field, featuring tacos, nachos, frozen margaritas, walking tacos, and discounted Corona and Modelo.
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.
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