Otters battle back to sweep Miners

MARION, Ill. – The Evansville Otters put together another comeback win Thursday, battling back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Southern Illinois Miners 4-3 and complete the three-game sweep on the road.

The Otters fell behind early as the Miners jumped out in front in the bottom of the first inning when Kyle Davis smashed a two-run home run and put the Miners ahead 2-0.

Evansville cut the deficit in half in the top of the third as Rob Calabrese hit a sac fly to left field, scoring Jack Meggs, and making the score 2-1.

The Miners increased their advantage back to two in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from Joe Duncan that scored Jamey Smart. Southern Illinois led 3-1 after three.

Otters starter Brandyn Sittinger settled in after the third, going six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and six walks while striking out six. He would earn a no-decision.

Miners starter Marty Anderson was cruising through five, only allowing a run on two hits, but he would run into trouble in the sixth.

Calabrese led off with a solo home run, his ninth of the season, cutting the Miners’ lead to 3-2.

David Cronin followed with a single, Keith Grieshaber moved Cronin to third on a double, and Ryan Long walked to load the bases with no outs.

Elijah MacNamee scored Cronin on a sac fly to tie the game at three.

Anderson was pulled in the middle of the inning, finishing with three runs-two earned-allowed off five hits and two walks. He struck out five in 5.2 innings pitched, taking a no-decision.

From there, it was a battle of the bullpens as Cam Opp pitched two scoreless frames for the Otters and Heath Renz, Nick Durazo, and Will Headean did not allow a run for the Miners.

Southern Illinois turned to Gabe Gentner in the top of the ninth.

Tanner Wetrich led off with a single and moved over to second on a sac bunt by Meggs.

With one out, Wetrich stole third base, but the throw from Miners catcher Arturo Nieto sailed into the outfield, allowing Wetrich to score the go-ahead run for the Otters.

Otters closer Taylor Wright came on in the bottom of the ninth with a 4-3 edge, pitched a clean ninth inning, and ended the game on a strikeout to Davis. He earned his 16th save of the season, his third in three games.

Opp earned the win, improving his record to 4-1.

Gentner was given the loss, dropping his record to 2-4.

Calabrese had two RBIs in the game while Grieshaber and Wetrich each had two-hit games.

Completing their fifth sweep of the season, the Otters improved to 52-35 on the season and surpassed last season’s win total of 51 wins with nine games remaining on the schedule.

The single-season win record for the Otters is 57 after going 57-37 in the 2014 season.

Evansville’s magic number to clinch a postseason berth is at five.

The Otters will head back to Bosse Field on five-game win streak as they begin a six-game homestand with a three-game series against the Florence Freedom. Evansville’s last regular season homestand will conclude with a series against the Gateway Grizzlies.

First pitch for Friday’s series opener will be at 6:35 p.m.

Broadcast coverage can be found on the radio at 91.5 WUEV-FM or WUEV.org or streamed on the Otters Digital Network via YouTube with Dave Nguyen (play-by-play) and Bill McKeon (analyst) on the call.

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

This coming weekend Aug. 23-25 features Swat Pest Night on Friday, Star Wars Night on Saturday, and Sunday’s game is presented by Parenting Time Center. For Star Wars Night, the Otters will be wearing themed-jerseys, which will be auctioned off throughout the game with proceeds benefiting the Arc of Evansville. There will also be fan-favorite characters in attendance for fans to interact with.

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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