Wednesday featured plenty of offense and a pair of close games. Read more about all of it here:
In the early game, the Evansville Otters defeated the Joliet Slammers 13-2. The Otters struck for three runs in the first inning, getting RBI singles from J.R. Davis, Andrew Penner, and Andy DeJesus. Joliet’s Kyle Jacobsen hit a two-run home run in the third to make it 3-2 Otters. Evansville answered with five runs to take an 8-2 lead in the fourth. A two-RBI single by Davis and a three-run double by Penner gave them the advantage. The Otters kept adding in the sixth when DeJesus belted a three-run homer to make it 11-2, and they tacked on a two-run single by John Schultz in the eighth to make it a 13-2 final.
The Schaumburg Boomers scored five runs in the eighth inning to take a 6-2 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. Quincy Nieporte homered in the fourth inning to make it 1-0 Boomers. Lake Erie answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half coming on a Javier Betancourt RBI single that included an errant throw that scored the second run. A single by Angelo Gumbs in the eighth tied the game and Luke Becker followed with an RBI groundout. Matt Bottcher then hit an RBI single and Alberto Schmidt hit a two-run double to cap the inning and the night.
The New Jersey Jackals clobbered the Washington Wild Things 21-8. The Jackals scored a pair of runs in the first two frames after a single by Dalton Combs, a sac fly by Josh Rehwaldt, and a two-run homer by Alex Kachler. Four more came in the third, when Combs homered, Nicco Toni hit a sac fly, and Alex Kachler hit a two-run shot. Justin Wylie singled home a run in the fourth before Washington had a seven-run inning in the fifth. Tristan Peterson homered, Scotty Dubrule drew a bases-loaded walk, Bralin Jackson hit a two-run single, and both Trevor Casanova and Cam Phelts forced in runs with bases-loaded walks as well. In the sixth, Combs homered again and New Jersey scored six more in the seventh on a double by Kachler, a walk to Chirino, a sac fly by Combs and a homer by Wylie. The eighth saw four more Jackals runs on a double by Toni, a sac fly by Isaacs, a walk to Combs, and a sac fly by Wylie. Peterson got one more for the Wild Things in the ninth on a groundout.
Miguel Ausua threw a complete game to lead the Windy City ThunderBolts over the Gateway Grizzlies 12-3. Jace Mercer got the offense going with an RBI groundout in the first for the Bolts. They batted around in the third thanks to two walks, a hit batter and three Gateway errors. Jack Strunc and Donivan Williams both earned RBIs to extend the lead to 7-0. Jose Rosario singled home a run in the fourth to get Gateway on the board, but the Bolts had another big inning in the fifth. Rob Calabrese hit a three-run double and Rob Weissheier followed with a two-run homer. The Grizzlies tacked on two runs late but Ausua was too strong, allowing three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in the win.
The Florence Y’alls scored the winning run in the ninth inning to edge out the Southern Illinois Miners 5-4. Florence’s first two runs came on a Luis Pintor two-run home run in the first inning. The Y’alls got another run on an RBI single by Chad Sedio, but the Miners got on the board with a double by Jamey Smart that made it 3-1. In the fourth, Yeltsin Gudiño tied the game on a double that made it 3-3. Florence would answer in the sixth when Harrison DiNicola hit an RBI single, but the Miners got the run back on a fielder’s choice by Jared Mang in the eighth that tied the game at 4-4. In the ninth, the Y’alls plated the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Jose Brizuela that made it 5-4. Florence is still just .5 games out of first in the West Division.
The New York Boulders used a home-run derby victory to outlast Équipe Québec after a 9-9 tie. Ray Hernandez homered in the second for the first two Boulders runs, and his groundout in the third plated one more. Québec got their scoring started in the fifth. David Glaude and Gift Ngoepe both hit RBI singles and Connor Panas hit a sacrifice fly to tie it at 3-3. New York’s Marcus Mastrobuoni hit a home run in the sixth, Phil Capra scored on a wild pitch, Kevonte Mitchell singled home a run, and Zach Kirtley plated two with a double. Québec plated two more on a single by Jeffry Parra in the bottom of the inning. In the seventh, Ruben Castro doubled home a run to make it 8-6 Boulders. Mastrobuoni singled home the ninth run for the Boulders, but Québec came back with a run on a Raphael Gladu single and a pair of runs on a double by Parra. Neither team scored in the tenth, but New York was able to win the home run derby.
The game between the Sussex County Miners and the Tri-City ValleyCats was suspended due to weather and will continue Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET.
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