Otters shut out Boomers back-to-back nights

The Evansville Otters shut out the Schaumburg Boomers for the second consecutive Wednesday, winning 5-0 behind a complete game shutout by Tyler Beardsley.

Beardsley recorded the Otters’ third shutout this season, and second against the Boomers.

In a game that was a pitcher’s duel through 6.5 innings, Beardsley and Boomers starter Gunnar Kines were battling back and forth, pitch for pitch.

Kines came in as the reigning Frontier League Pitcher of the Week after his complete game shutout performance against the Joliet Slammers last week.

Beardsley came out on top, retiring the Boomers in order in six of the nine innings. The right-hander rung up eight Boomers on strikes, allowed no runs on five hits.  He earned his second win at home this year, improving his record to 4-2.

Beardsley received his run support in the sixth inning as the Otters broke through Kines.

In the bottom of the sixth, with two outs, Ryan Long reached on a hit by pitch from Kines. Carlos Castro then roped a double to deep centerfield to score Long, giving the Otters a 1-0 lead.

That would be the last inning for Kines, who allowed four hits, one earned run while tossing eight strikeouts in the losing effort.

In the top of the seventh, Beardsley ran into some trouble.

Back-to-back singles by Matt Rose and Alex Polston and a walk to Connor Oliver had the bases loaded with no outs for the Boomers.

Beardsley was able to get Zach Taylor looking on a fastball on the outside corner for a called strike three for the first out.

A ground ball to J.J. Gould at shortstop allowed him to turn a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning, giving the Otters momentum in the bottom of the seventh.

With the Otters having the bases loaded and one out, David Cronin came through with a clutch RBI single that blooped over the head of Polston at shortstop to give the Otters a 2-0 lead.

With Keith Grieshaber at the plate and bases still loaded with one out, a wild pitch by Schaumburg reliever Darrell Thompson allowed Hunter Cullen to touch home, extending the Otters lead to three.

With runners now on second and third, Grieshaber ripped a double to left field, scoring Chris Panzarella and Cronin, breaking the game open for the Otters at 5-0, and capping a four-run seventh for the Otters.

Then Beardsley took care of business the rest of the way, sealing a series win for the Otters.