Crushers Even Series with Game Two Win over Otters
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Lake Erie Crushers pulled away late from the Evansville Otters Saturday, scoring five runs in the ninth inning and defeating the Otters 9-1 to even the series.
After scoreless first and second innings, the Crushers scored the first run of the game as Kody Ruedisili hit into a fielder's choice in the top of the third inning to give the Crushers a 1-0 lead.
The Otters had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the bottom of the third.
Making his first start as an Otter, outfielder Jake Gozzo reached first base on a dropped third strike call, as catcher Bryan DeLaRosa could not throw to first baseman Jake Veith in time after dropping the pitch from starter Jared Koenig.
With one out, David Cronin worked a walk, giving the Otters runners on first and second.
Keith Greishaber singled to make the bases loaded with one out and Ryan Long stepping to the dish.
Unfortunately, Long struck out for the first of two times in the evening, and a fly out by Mike Rizzitello ended the threat for the Otters.
Evansville stranded two runners in the fourth and fifth innings without a run scoring.
An RBI single by Ruedisili in the fifth and a solo home run by Emmanuel Marrero in the sixth gave the Crushers a 3-0 lead.
Otters starter Austin Nicely went seven innings, allowing three runs - two earned - on five hits. Nicely took the loss.
A solo home run by Lake Erie's Aaron Hill in the eighth extended the Crushers' lead to four.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Otters scored their first run of the game on a pinch-hit RBI single by Dakota Phillips, driving in Rizzitello to make the score 4-1.
Lake Erie would pull away in the top of the ninth to secure the win, sending 11 men to the plate, scoring five runs, including a three-run home run by Jake Veith, to give the Crushers their 9-1 advantage.
Game three of the series will be Sunday at 5:05 p.m. Tyler Vail will toe the rubber for the Otters and will be opposed by Pat Ledet.
Broadcast coverage can be found on 91.5 WUEV-FM and streamed on the Otters Digital Network via YouTube with Dave Nguyen on the call.
Sunday's game will be sponsored by Trilogy Health Services.
The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.
To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 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.
For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.
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