Welch, Castro lead Otters to weekend sweep

EVANSVILLE, Ind – Behind a quality start from Jake Welch and a Carlos Castro three-run home run, the Evansville Otters beat the Windy City Thunderbolts 11-4 in front of 1,515 at Bosse Field Sunday.

It’s the second consecutive sweep at Bosse Field for the Otters after sweeping Joliet in a three-game series earlier this month. It’s the third sweep for Evansville this season.

Welch earned the victory, pitching 6 2/3 innings while allowing two runs–one earned–on five hits. He struck out nine batters and only walked two in facing 28 batters.

Chris Washington took the loss for Windy City, surrendering three earned runs on seven hits. He struck out two but also walked three batters.

Ryan Long’s RBI ground out scored David Cronin to give Evansville a 1-0 advantage in the first inning.

Windy City tied the game in the second on an error by Cronin at second, which allowed Brett Coffel to reach and Taisei Fukuhara to score.

The Otters answered in the bottom half of the frame. Tanner Wetrich hit an RBI double that scored Jack Meggs and Cronin’s RBI single scored Wetrich to give Evansville a 3-1 advantage.

After the Thunderbolts cut the Evansville lead to 3-2 in the third, the Otters put the game away with a five-run seventh–highlighted by Castro’s three-run home run to left field, which made it a 7-3 score.

Evansville added three runs in the eighth after Windy City hit back-to-back home runs in the top half of the inning.

Cronin was 3 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI while Long was 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI. Castro finished 1 for 5 with a run and three RBIs.

Evansville improved to 38-27, its highest mark over .500 this season. Windy City fell to 28-38 with the loss.

The Otters will hit the road Tuesday for a three-game, midweek series against the Lake Erie Crushers.

First pitch Tuesday is at 6:05 p.m. from Avon, Ohio.

Broadcast coverage can be heard on the radio at 91.5 WUEV-FM and WUEV.org with Dave Nguyen on the call.

The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.

Evansville will return home to Bosse Field next weekend Aug. 2-4 for a three-game series against the Southern Illinois Miners.

Friday’s game is E is for Everyone Night, partnering with Evansville’s city-wide campaign. There will also be a postgame firework show. Saturday’s game will be Educators Appreciation Night presented by the Public Education Foundation. Before the new school year begins, all educators are invited for a night of baseball and enter to win door prizes and giveaways. Sunday’s series finale will be Bark in the Park sponsored by Meijer and It Takes A Village. Fans can bring their dog to the ballpark.

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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