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McNeely and Reed are key players in Wild Things’ sixth consecutive win

McNeely and Reed are key players in Wild Things’ sixth consecutive win







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Washington’s Caleb McNeely tips his hat after hitting a home run in the third inning of Tuesday’s game against Evansville at Wild Things Park.

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Washington’s Caleb McNeely prevents a double play when Evansville second baseman Gary Mattis has trouble throwing to first base during Tuesday’s game at Wild Things Park.

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Washington’s Tyreque Reed scores a run in the first inning of Tuesday’s game against Evansville at Wild Things Park.

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Washington starting pitcher Malik Barrington delivers a convincing performance during Tuesday’s game against Evansville at Wild Things Park.

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Since returning to the team from the injured list on July 4, Tyreque Reed has been an influential player in the midst of an influential team.

Caleb McNeely, on the other hand, has shown consistent performances throughout the season and will therefore participate in the Frontier League All-Star Game next week.

Reed and McNeely were two of the key players in the Wild Things’ 7-1 victory in the series opener against Evansville on Tuesday night, extending Washington’s winning streak to six games.

Reed capitalized on the momentum of his four-hit, two-home run game on Sunday, hitting 3-for-4 with four RBIs against the Otters, including a three-run home run in the third inning. McNeely, the Wild Things’ regular center fielder, got a rare start at third base and went 3-for-4 and hit a solo home run in addition to several nifty fielding plays.

Left fielder Evan Berkey hit three home runs for Washington with a two-run shot to the opposite field in the fifth inning, ending any chance of a comeback.

Washington had 12 hits against three Evansville pitchers, including starter Tristan Harvin (2-4), who allowed 11 hits and seven runs in five innings.

Evansville struck first, scoring in the first inning against Washington starter Malik Barrington (3-2). Giovanni Digiacomo led off with a single, stole second base, advanced on a wild pitch and scored when David Mendham grounded out.

Barrington allowed one run and three hits in six innings. He allowed three walks and struck out six times.

Washington tied the score at 1-1 in the first when Reed scored on an infield single for Ethan Wilder.

The Wild Things took a four-run lead with a third inning that included Reed’s three-run line drive home run to center field. McNeely opened the inning with his 12th home run, which is tied for the league lead. McNeely has the most runs in the league with 53 RBIs.

Reed, the designated hitter, got his third hit of the game, a soft liner to right field with one out in the fifth inning, and Berkey followed with a hit to the opposite field that bounced off the top row of signs in right field, making the score 7-1.

Since being activated from the injured list, Reed has completed 8 of 15 at-bats with three home runs and nine RBIs.

Nick MacDonald and Justin Goossen-Brown followed Barrington to the mound and combined for three scoreless innings as relief pitchers.

Additional bases

Announced Tuesday, Washington pitching coach Alex Boshers will be part of the West Division team for the Frontier League All-Star Game to be played in Quebec City on July 17. The West Division will be managed by Lake Erie’s Jared Lemieux, who will also include Florence hitting coach Craig Massey on his team. The East Division will be managed by Quebec’s Pat Scalabrini. … Washington outfielder Wagner Lagrange missed his fourth consecutive game with an injury. … According to a team official, Washington bench coach Ryan Withorn has announced his resignation to pursue a career as a college coach. … Evansville first baseman Dakota Phillips made a sensational catch on a foul ball hit by Robert Chayka to end the third inning. Phillips ran across both mounds into the Wild Things’ bullpen and caught the ball while running at full speed into the fence in front of the Party Deck. Phillips lay on the front edge of the bullpen mound for about five minutes while the Evansville coach examined his left knee, but remained in the game. … Attendance was 731, the lowest of the season.