(EVANSVILLE, INDIANA) – The Evansville Otters (13-9) split a doubleheader against the Gateway Grizzlies on Wednesday, losing the first game 10-6 and winning the final game 4-2.
The win marked the 700th managerial win for Evansville’s Andy McCauley in his coaching career.
Down by a run in game one, Evansville tied Gateway in the bottom of the second inning on a solo home run from infielder Shayne Houck. It was his team high third home run of the season.
The Otters then batted around for the lead with a five run third inning. Infielder Josh Allen pushed Evansville ahead with an RBI single to right-center field. Houck followed a few batters later with another run-producing single and first baseman Nik Balog also hit a three run to center field. Losing 6-1, Gateway responded with three runs in the fourth and four more runs in the fifth to take the lead. Evansville failed to score the rest of the game in the eventual 10-6 win for Gateway.
Game two stayed a scoreless game to the bottom of the third inning. The Otters scored two runs in the frame against Grizzlies pitcher Luke Westphal without the benefit of a hit. Westphal walked three in the inning as Evansville scored on a fielding error and another run on a wild pitch.
Ahead 2-0, the Otters added another run in the fourth with a solo home run from outfielder Chris Sweeney. It was his second home run of the season and pushed Gateway down 3-0.
The Grizzlies stormed back for two runs in the sixth including a line-drive off of Marin’s back that pulled Gateway within a run. Marin was taken out of the game after that at-bat and reliever Jose Velez struck out the next batter to end the inning. The Otters scored an unearned insurance run in the bottom of the eighth and closer Orlando Santos maintained the 4-2 lead with a scoreless seventh inning for the win.
Marin (4-0) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two unearned runs for the win.
The series concludes on Thursday, June 12 on FC Tucker Emge Realty Night. It is Budweiser Thirsty Thursday with 16 ounce drafts for $2 and 32 ounce drafts going for $4. Gateway has right-hander Andrew Aizenstadt (1-1, 4.32 ERA) projected to throw against Evansville righty Robert Ramer (4-0, 2.19 ERA). The game starts at 6:35 pm CDT.