RECAP | Otters split doubleheader with Aigles
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Following the postponement of Friday's series opener, the Evansville Otters split a Saturday doubleheader against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles, falling 2-0 in the first game before a come-from-behind 7-5 win in the night cap.
In game one, a pair of RBI singles gave the Aigles all they needed to prevail, scoring a run each in the second and third innings.
It was a tough-luck loss for Justin Watland, who allowed the two runs on four hits, striking out nine. Sam Poliquin earned his first win of the season, allowing just two hits across seven scoreless innings.
As for game two, the offense was well spread. Trois-Rivieres got things started in the first with a pair of runs.
In the second, the Otters answered for two of their own as catcher Ronnie Allen Jr. picked up two RBIs on a double.
The 2-2 score held to the fourth, when Trois-Rivieres found the run column again, this time from right fielder Steve Brown, who sent a two-run home run over the left-field wall. Catcher Guillaume Morin added one more run on an RBI single later in the fourth, giving the Aigles a 5-2 lead.
Allen Jr. once again led the charge from behind for the Otters, singling in two more runs in the top of the sixth to bring Evansville within one run.
In the top of the seventh, the Otters came out swinging, getting runners on quick. Designated hitter Justin Felix singled in the game-tying run as the Aigles continued to search for the first out of the inning.
Pitches later, right fielder Trevor McKinley singled in a pair of runs to give the Otters a 7-5 advantage, one that would hold the distance.
Closer Logan Sawyer entered for the bottom of the seventh, sitting the side down in order to give Evansville the win.
Brady Tedesco was awarded with the win, his second of the week. Kyle Thomas received the loss, his first result of the season. Sawyer earned his fourth save of the year and 30th of his professional career.
Allen Jr. finished with a two-hit game and four RBIs, while Felix, McKinley and first baseman Zach Biermann also added two-hit games each.
The two sides fight for the series win on Sunday, with first pitch from Stade Quillorama scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET (12:05 p.m. CT). Coverage for the game can be found on the Evansville Otters YouTube page.
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