RECAP | Fifth inning misfortunes plague Otters in loss
SAUGET, Ill. - After taking an early lead Saturday, the Evansville Otters watched the game get away in the fifth inning, leading to a 5-1 loss at Gateway.
Zach Biermann picked up where he left off Friday, hitting a solo home run in the second inning to give Evansville a 1-0 lead.
Evansville starting pitcher Ryan O'Reilly pitched well through the first four innings, battling on the mound to strand some Gateway baserunners.
Evansville's 1-0 lead held steady until the fifth inning when the mistakes began to add up against the Otters.
After reaching on a leadoff single, Jose Rosario scored on a wild pitch, tying the game at one a piece.
A couple of batters later, Andrew Penner added another run, driving home Alex Hernandez while reaching on an error.
After a second out in the inning, Isaac Benard singled to center, driving in a single run - but the ball got past center fielder Miles Gordon, allowing a second run to score and for Benard to reach home also, the score quickly at 5-1 Grizzlies.
Evansville managed a base hit in the sixth but were then sat down in order for the remaining 11 batters.
Ryan O'Reilly received the tough-luck loss, allowing five runs - one earned - on four hits in five complete innings. J.P. Williams received the win for Gateway, his second of the year.
The two sides face off one final time on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled at 5:45 p.m. Coverage begins on the Evansville Otters YouTube page at 5:35 p.m.
The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.
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