05/26/2010 10:57 PM
(EVANSVILLE, In.) – The Evansville Otters rallied to score two runs in the ninth to force extra innings but lost to the Gateway Grizzlies 4-2 in 13 innings on Wednesday night.
The monumental comeback took place when Brandon Cohen laced a double to left field to cut the deficit to one. Later in the inning, reliever Jake Shafer threw away a possible double play ball as the Evansville Otters tied the game.
Evansville looked for the win as Pat Rose hit a ground ball to second base and was called out on a close play at first base. The out ended the rally and pushed the teams to extra innings.
In the 13th, Tommy Vessella loaded the bases and Jared Simon came in to face Charlie Lisk with two outs. The designated hitter blooped the first pitch he saw to right field, scoring two runs and putting the gateway Grizzlies ahead 4-2.
Reliever Eric Blackwell stayed in the game for his third inning of work and looked to shutdown the Evansville Otters. Blackwell ended up walking the first two hitters he faced, but composed himself to strike out the next three hitters he faced for the win.
Gateway improves to 4-2 on the season as Eric Blackwell received the win for only allowing one hit, and striking out five.
Jason Roenicke started the game for Evansville and pitched nine strong innings for the Otters only allowing two runs. Mark Brackman battled against Roenicke all night as both pitchers clashed in a pitcher’s duel.
The Otters drop down to 2-4 this season and have off on Thursday before beginning a 9-game roadtrip.