RECAP | Holdgrafer pitches a gem as Otters sweep Crushers
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Evansville Otters completed their second sweep of the season Thursday behind Tim Holdgrafer's eight scoreless innings in a 5-3 win.
Evansville got the game's scoring started with a two-run single from centerfielder Miles Gordon in the bottom of the second inning.
One inning later, the Otters' lead doubled with a solo home run from third basemen J.R. Davis before left fielder Jeffery Baez scored on an error.
The 4-0 lead held on until the seventh, when the Otters added a run of insurance on an RBI single from Baez.
In the meantime, Tim Holdgrafer was dominant on the mound for the Otters, not allowing a hit until the sixth inning.
Holdgrafer would leave the game after the eighth inning, giving up just two hits, walking a pair and striking out 10. It was his second double-figure strikeout performance of the season.
Lake Erie struck in the ninth, as Jake Polancic entered the game for the Otters. Designated hitter Jackson Valera reached on a hit by pitch and third basemen Kokko Figueiredo got on with a single. The two were brought home by a three-run home run from centerfielder Jared Mang.
Logan Sawyer would then enter the game for the Otters, navigating around another walk to close the game out, earning his Frontier League-leading fifth save.
The win was earned by Holdgrafer as Brock Begue was handed the loss.
Evansville out-hit the Crushers for the third straight night, 9-4.
The win marks the second series sweep for Evansville this year - both at Bosse Field.
Up next, the Otters head west for their first matchup with West Division opponent Gateway. Friday's series opener is set to begin at 6:45 p.m., with coverage available on the Evansville Otters YouTube page.
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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