RECAP | Otters fall in road trip opener
Sauget, Ill. – The Evansville Otters opened their final week of the regular season falling 9-0 to the Gateway Grizzlies on Tuesday night at Grizzlies Ballpark.
Gateway’s pitcher Lukas Veinbergs tossed the first complete game shutout against the Otters this season, allowing six hits with nine strikeouts on 120 pitches.
The Grizzlies scored in seven of eight innings at the plate, led by three solo home runs.
Three singles in the first inning led to the first two runs for Gateway. The Grizzlies added a solo home run in the second inning.
Two walks and two straight singles with two outs in the third inning chipped across another run for a 4-0 ballgame. Two solo homers in the 4th inning blew the game open.
Gateway added a run apiece in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings.
Otters’ starter Zach Smith was handed the loss. He totaled six strikeouts but allowed six runs.
Dakota Phillips hit his league-leading 32nd double of the season and extended his on-base streak to 18 games.
Evansville and Gateway will play a doubleheader Wednesday with two seven-inning games. Game one’s first pitch from Grizzlies Ballpark is slated for 5:30 PM CT with game two to follow 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first ballgame. Fans can listen to the action on the Otters Digital Network with the broadcast simulcast on TV with FloSports.
All home and road Otters games this season are televised on FloSports with audio-only coverage available for free on the Evansville Otters YouTube page.
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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