Long Balls Sink Otters In First-Half Finale


The Evansville Otters were downed 8-4 by the Washington Wild Things Sunday evening in the rubber match of the series from Wild Things Park.

The Wild Things’ Carter McEachern hit a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning to put Washington up 1-0.

Jeff Gardner tied the game for the Otters in the second with a solo homer of his own, his sixth of the year.

Then in the bottom of the second, Connor Simonetti slugged a solo shot to put Washington back in front 2-1.

Washington struck for four runs in the fifth to increase their lead 6-1. James Harris blasted a three-run homer and Hector Roa followed up with an RBI single to cap off the four-run frame.

Evansville got one back in the top of the sixth when Travis Harrison drove home a run with a triple to right-center.

The Wild Things got that run back and one more in the bottom of the sixth. McEachern picked up his second RBI of the game with a single and Mick Fennel scored after a throwing error from Evansville catcher Joe DeLuca.

Two runs came across for the Otters in the top of the seventh. David Cronin singled home a run and Toby Thomas drove home a run on a fielder’s choice, but those were the final runs the Otters would muster.

Trevor Bradley picks up the win for Washington as he threw five innings allowing just one run on four hits and striking out five.

Evansville’s Randy Wynne is dealt his fifth loss of the season. Wynne was tagged for six runs across five innings on nine hits while striking out three.

The Otters head into the Frontier League All-Star Break with a 26-23 record and will resume action Friday, July 13 at the Normal Cornbelters.


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