Ninth inning costs Otters in middle game of series

Ninth inning costs Otters in middle game of series

    Evansville Otters

July 10, 2024 – Frontier League (FL)
Press release from the Evansville Otters

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania – A three-run ninth inning sealed the Evansville Otters’ 5-4 loss to the Washington Wild Things on Wednesday night.

The Otters (20-33) fell to a season low of 13 games under .500. They outran the Wild Things (35-17) early and were helped by great pitching for most of the game.

Right-hander Zach Smith started the game and went six innings, allowing two runs. He was in control, allowing no walks and recording six strikeouts against the Frontier League’s best team. Next, Jon Beymer from the bullpen threw two scoreless innings, striking out three and allowing just one hit.

Michael McAvene (0-4) suffered the loss after allowing all runs in the ninth inning. Gyeongju Kim (3-2) took the win after pitching in the first inning.

During the opening innings, the Otters took the lead. Delvin Zinn hit a single to first, followed by Gary Mattis’ double to right field. The next batter, David Mendham, brought Zinn home with a fielder’s choice RBI, then Dakota Phillips hit a sacrifice fly to make the game 2-0.

Later in the fifth, Evansville scored another run. Zinn sparked a two-out rally, got his third hit of the game, and two batters later, Mendham brought him in with a single.

The final run for Evansville was scored in the sixth inning. Randy Bednar led off with a two-bagger before Alec Olund smacked a hit up the middle that brought him home and made it 4-0.

Washington responded with two runs in the sixth home run.

In the final inning, the first three men had hits for Washington, making the game 4-3. With one out and runners on second and third, Zinn made a great stop at shortstop to prevent a base hit up the middle, then threw out the runner on home base to temporarily preserve the lead.

After the fielder’s decision, the next batter hit an infield single to tie the game. Two batters later, a deep flyball single to right tied the game.

Evansville outscored Washington 12-10. Mattis had four hits in the game, while Zinn scored three of his own. Mendham also had a multi-hit day.

The Otters will play Washington in the series finale tomorrow, with first pitch at 6:05 p.m. CT. Coverage will be available on the Otters Digital Network and FloBaseball.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Indiana. Stay up to date with the Evansville Otters by visiting or following the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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