After a rain delay that lasted nearly three hours on Wednesday afternoon, the Gateway Grizzlies exploded for nine runs on 13 hits as they beat the Evansville Otters, 9-1. Gateway has won the first two games of their series at Bosse Field.
The teams played a scoreless first inning before the rain began to pour in Evansville. Tyler Vail exited the game following the delay and gave way to Dylan Badura (1-1).
Badura tossed a scoreless second inning but got clobbered in the third as Gateway (12-18) scored five runs on five hits. It started with a one-out single from Cody Livesay and that was followed by Seth Heck’s RBI double to deep left field. Brandon Thomas then stepped in with two runners on and ripped a two-run triple to centerfield. Blake Brown capped off the frame by hitting a double to deep center, which plated a pair of runs.
Meanwhile, Grizzlies right-hander Vince Molesky (2-1) sat through the rain delay and put together a quality outing. He went six innings and allowed just one run to pick up the victory. He struck out nine batters.
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Jon Jones and RHP Will LaMarche combined to shut out the Otters (19-11) in the final three innings of the game.
Thomas continued his terrific series with his fourth home run of the season in the seventh. Tyler Tewell laced a bases clearing triple in the eighth to put the ballgame away.
The Grizzlies go for a sweep on Thursday evening at Bosse Field. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. Gateway sends LHP Corey Kimes to the mound against LHP Payton Baskette for the Otters.