RECAP: Big nights from Scott and Felix in Otters’ win
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – The Evansville Otters had a big night both on the mound and at the plate in Friday’s 9-1 win at the Schaumburg Boomers, as starting pitcher Braden Scott had 12 strikeouts and catcher Justin Felix had five RBIs.
The Boomers scored first in the bottom of the first inning, taking a 1-0 lead on an RBI double from Quincy Nieporte. Afterwards, Schaumburg was held in check by Evansville’s lefty in Scott.
Scott struck out the side in order in the third inning, bringing his strikeout total to five.
Then in the fourth, the Otters’ offense exploded to jump ahead.
Following a leadoff single by Josh Allen, Jeffrey Baez hit his seventh home run with the Otters for a two-run shot to give the Otters a 2-1 lead.
A couple batters later, Elijah MacNamee doubled and came around to score on an RBI knock from John Schultz to make it 3-1 Evansville.
Andy DeJesus singled to advanced Schultz and put runners at first and second for the Otters’ backstop Felix. Felix came through with a three-run blast, his third of the season, to continue the momentum and to extend Evansville’s advantage to 6-1.
In the top of the fourth, Evansville strung together six consecutive hits at one point and batted around the lineup.
Scott collected another pair of strikeouts in each of the home halves of the fourth, sixth, and seven innings.
The Otters pushed their lead further in the top of the eighth, as Felix tripled with two runners on for an 8-1 Otters lead. Felix scored a sac fly by Miles Gordon, giving the Otters their ninth run of the game.
Scott struck out his 12th batter of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Otters reliever Joe Riley finished the game with two strikeouts of his own in the ninth.
Scott earned the win, and he matched a season-best for him with eight innings pitched and a dozen strikeouts. He previously achieved those marks on Aug. 4 in a win at Windy City.
Schaumburg starter Kyle Arjona took the loss, allowing six runs in seven innings.
Offensively, every Otter in the lineup had a hit. MacNamee, DeJesus, and Felix each had two hits. Felix had five RBIs and Baez had two.
For Felix, it was his first multi-hit game since June 4, which was also at Schaumburg. He had a multi-RBI game that day as well.
Following Friday’s games, the Otters are still ahead of the Florence Y’alls by 1.5 games and 4.5 games ahead of the Southern Illinois Miners in the Frontier League West Division standings.
The Otters and Boomers will square off again Saturday at 6 p.m. for game two of the series from Wintrust Field in Schaumburg, Ill.
Evansville Otters broadcast coverage Saturday can be found on the Evansville Otters Youtube channel.
The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.
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