RECAP | Baez records five-hit night in Otters' win at Schaumburg
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - Jeffrey Baez recorded a five-hit night Tuesday, as the Evansville Otters took a series-opening 13-7 win at Schaumburg.
The outfielder's five hits were the first for an Evansville Otters player to have a five-hit night at the dish since J.R. Davis did so on June 8, 2021 against the Florence Y'alls.
Evansville's offense started brewing early, scoring a trio of runners on consecutive plays in the top of the first inning.
The Otters added two more in the second on a two-run single from Dakota Phillips, bringing the lead to 5-0.
Schaumburg managed a single run in each of the second and fifth innings but still trailed 5-2.
Evansville added their first round of insurance in the sixth as Miles Gordon scored on a wild pitch followed by Jeffrey Baez bringing in a run on an RBI single.
Steven Sensley backed it up with a three-run home run, his fourth of the season, and giving the Otters a 10-5 buffer.
Elijah MacNamee earned an RBI in the seventh with a sacrifice fly to bring in Zach Biermann.
In the bottom half of the seventh, Schaumburg put together their big push, chasing reliever Brady Tedesco from the game after allowing four straight batters to reach.
The Boomers managed four runs, bringing themselves to within four at 11-7.
Evansville snagged some additional insurance coverage in the ninth as Baez recorded his fifth hit of the night with a two-run home run to right, his third home run of 2022.
Despite it not being a save situation, Evansville brought in Logan Sawyer to finish out the game successfully in the ninth, winning 13-7.
Biermann (3), Sensley (2) and Baez (5) all had multi-hit outings as Evansville put up 15 hits.
Parker Brahms got the win for Evansville, his third of the season. Shumpei Yoshikawa received the loss, his third in a row.
The two sides conclude the mini-series Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m., with coverage available on the Evansville Otters YouTube page at 6:20 p.m.
The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.
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