Otters Drop Weekend Finale, Series
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Tyler Vail struck out eight batters but his pitching heroics were not enough as the Evansville Otters fell to the Lake Erie Crushers 2-0 in front of 1,106 fans at Bosse Field Sunday.
Vail faced 24 batters in 6.1 innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits. He joined Andre Simpson as one of only two players in franchise history with at least 300 strikeouts in an Otters' uniform.
After a scoreless first inning, Lake Erie took the lead in the second when Brody Wofford hit a solo home run to right field, giving the Crushers a 1-0 advantage.
Two batters later, Jake Veith launched another solo home run to right, making it a 2-0 game.
Evansville was hitless until two outs in the third when David Cronin singled but J.J. Gould, who reached on an error, was thrown out trying to advance to third to end the inning.
The Otters had four hits over the final six innings.
Pat Ledet earned the victory for Lake Erie, pitching seven innings while surrendering just four hits and striking out nine. Jack Maynard got the save, pitching the final two innings and striking out four.
The Crushers improved to 27-24 while the Otters fell to 29-24 with the loss.
The Otters continue their homestand Tuesday through Thursday against the Joliet Slammers.
First pitch Tuesday from Bosse Field is at 6:35 p.m.
Broadcast coverage can be found on 91.5 WUEV-FM and streamed on the Otters Digital Network via YouTube with Dave Nguyen (play-by-play) and Bill McKeon (analyst) on the call.
The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.
Tuesday is $2 Tuesday with $2 popcorn and General Admission tickets. Wednesday is Deaconess and Orthopaedic Associates Night and Fellowship Night. Thursday is Bud Light Thirsty Thursday presented by Working Distributors and German Heritage Night, featuring German music, German beer, and kraut balls.
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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