RECAP | Otters drop opening game in Quebec
Quebec City, Canada. – The Evansville Otters surrendered eight unanswered runs, dropping the opening game against the Quebec Capitales, 9-8.
Quebec scored six runs in the eighth inning capped off by a two-out grand slam. The Capitales walked four times in the inning.
In the ninth, a leadoff solo home run bounced off the top of the left field wall to tie the game before a two-out solo blast snuck over the centerfield fence to give the Capitales the win.
Zach Smith pitched his third quality start to begin the season. He worked six innings allowing just one run and four hits.
The Otters got out to an early lead scoring first for the eleventh consecutive game. Jacob Olson hit a three run home run in the third inning. Bryan Rosario notched a base hit into right, stole second and scored on a base hit from George Callil.
The Capitales hit a solo home run in the sixth to cut the lead to three but the Otters would respond with four more in the eighth. Noah Myers knocked in the first run of the inning. Ethan Skender then pounded a double off the left field wall. Dakota Phillips followed with an RBI hit down the right field line and Kona Quiggle closed the scoring with a two run double.
All four hits and four runs came with two hits. The Otters led 8-1 going into the bottom of the eighth.
Rosario recorded two hits and stole three bases on Friday to raise his total to ten bags on the season. Skender had a multi-hit ballgame for the second consecutive day.
Evansville aims to even the series on Saturday against the Capitales. First pitch Saturday is 6:05 p.m. CT from Stade Canac in Quebec City.
The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.
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