EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters (55-38) continue their last six-game homestand this weekend for the regular season finale series against the Lake Erie Crushers (40-53) at Bosse Field amidst a postseason push.
During the midweek, the Otters lost two of three at home against the Joliet Slammers with the only win coming in the middle game 13-2 on Wednesday.
Heading into the weekend, the Otters are a half game back of the Florence Y’alls in the Frontier League West Division standings
J.R. Davis is coming a strong series at the plate, going 7 for 10 with eight RBIs against Joliet.
Shortstop Andy DeJesus has put together some solid at-bats lately, getting hits and earning his walks. The solid at-bats have allowed DeJesus to move up toward the middle of the lineup recently and find himself in solid RBI spots. On Wednesday against Joliet, DeJesus had two hits with four RBIs, including his fourth home run of the season.
Among league leaders, Krane is top-five in the league in home runs (17) and RBIs (73).
Davis and Krane were named Frontier League postseason all-stars on Thursday.
Joining them among the selections was closer Logan Sawyer. Sawyer continues to be one of the Frontier League’s most effective relief pitchers. Sawyer leads the league with 23 saves, and he has seen his ERA decrease to a few ticks above three. He also has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 47 to 6.
The Otters are 43-44 all-time against the Lake Erie Crushers, who the Otters will look to beat this weekend. This year, the Otters are 7-2 against Lake Erie.
Right-hander Ryan O’Reilly is Friday’s probable starter. O’Reilly is 5-4 with a 3.18 ERA, having pitched in 13 games and making 11 starts, while posting a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 65 to 29. He’s pitched in 76.1 innings. Last time out, O’Reilly took a no-decision after going seven innings and allowing only two runs in on Sunday at Schaumburg. He struck out six.
Righty Austin Gossmann is slated for Saturday. Gossmann is 2-6 with a 4.28 ERA in 14 starts, 84 innings pitched, and accumulating a 97 to 26 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In his last start, Gossmann took a no-decision after 5.2 innings pitched outing with 10 strikeouts and only two earned runs allowed.
Holdgrafer is 9-4 with a 3.60 ERA and 115 strikeouts on the season. He’s pitched in 97.1 innings. Holdgrafer was dealt a loss Tuesday against Joliet, giving up only two earned runs in six innings with nine strikeouts.
Evansville Otters broadcast coverage for the homestand can be found frontierleaguetv.com.
The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.
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