RECAP | Late innings hurt Otters in matinee loss
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - In the final three innings Wednesday, the Schaumburg Boomers scored six runs against the Evansville Otters, leading to an eventual 9-2 loss for Evansville.
Evansville grabbed an early lead in the second inning on an RBI single from Devin Buckner, but the lead was quickly answered by Schaumburg.
A two-run ground-rule double from Cosimo Cannella gave the Boomers the lead in the bottom of the second - a lead they would never surrender.
The Schaumburg advantage expanded to 3-1 in the third with a solo home run by Mike Hart.
From there, the game settled down in the middle innings, the Boomers holding to their two-run lead into the seventh inning.
In the seventh, Evansville brought themselves within one with an RBI single from Zach Biermann.
Yet again, Schaumburg struck right back. Chase Dawson brought home the first on a triple, his 17th of the season - the most triples in Frontier League single-season history.
The next at-bat, Hart drove in another run, this time on a sacrifice fly to center field.
Schaumburg added to their 5-2 lead in the eighth, immediately loading the bases on Tyler Spring. The four-run inning was highlighted by a two-run single from William Salas.
The Otters went down in order in the ninth, falling 9-2 on Wednesday afternoon in Schaumburg.
Miles Gordon and Andy Armstrong both managed two-hit games.
Brice Stuteville received the loss, his first of the season, allowing three runs on six hits in his six innings of work. Jumpei Akanuma continued his solid year with his third win of 2022, allowing one run on seven hits in six innings.
The series will be decided Thursday evening with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch from Wintrust field in Schaumburg, Ill. Coverage begins 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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