RECAP | Early home runs doom Otters in loss
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - A pair of first-inning home runs for Tri-City Valleycats doomed the Evansville Otters early as Evansville fell Friday night, 13-7.
In the game's first at-bat, Cito Culver sent a ball over the right field wall to give the ValleyCats an immediate advantage.
Two batters later, Pavin Parks cashed in on a home run of his own, this one good for two runs.
Brett Adcock grabbed a couple of strikeouts to close out the first as Evansville trailed 3-0 after the first.
Jesus Lujano sent the first pitch of the second inning over the wall for the ValleyCats' third home run of the day, advancing the lead to 4-0.
The lead grew again in the fourth, Tri-City capitalizing on a couple of Otter errors and on a bases-loaded walk.
Evansville began their comeback attempt in the fifth with a bases-clearing triple from Miles Gordon. A couple of batters later, Steven Sensley brought in Gordon with a sacrifice fly. After five innings, Tri-City led 7-4.
Tri-City really pulled away in the seventh and eighth, scoring five more runs. Brantley Bell and Brad Zunica each had a two-run home run in that span.
The Otters managed another trio of runs in the bottom of the eighth, scoring on back-to-back fielders choice outs from Bryan Rosario and Andy Armstrong. Tyler Doanes brought the final run in on an RBI double.
Tri-City brought a final run across in the ninth on a bases-loaded walk by Denis Phipps to boost their lead to the winning margin, 13-7.
The win went to Austin Faith, his first of 2022. Adcock received the loss, giving up seven runs in 5.2 innings.
Zach Biermann had a solid day, picking up three singles. Rosario also had multiple hits in the game.
The two sides continue the series on Saturday night at Bosse Field at 6:35 p.m.
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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