The Evansville Otters led by four runs in the game and narrowly edged the Washington Wild Things in a 4-3 road win on Tuesday night.
It is a Frontier League high eight consecutive road wins this season for the Evansville Otters.
Outfielder Greg Alexander spotted Evansville an early lead on a 3-run home run to right field and he added a late sacrifice fly for the 4-0 advantage.
Evansville's starting pitcher Dan Marcacci tossed seven scoreless innings but encountered trouble in the eighth. After recording the first out, the rookie right-hander allowed back to back runners to reach and was removed for reliever Patrick Crider. The lefty allowed an RBI single to Scott Lawson and another single to former Evansville Otter, Estee Harris, who cut the deficit to one.
Leading 4-3, Eric Massingham then entered the game with the tying run at third and only one out. On a bunt attempt, catcher Blake Ochoa missed and catcher Phil Britton threw out Luis Rivera leading too far off of third. Massingham then struck out Ochoa to end the inning.
Massingham would also have trouble in the bottom of the ninth inning after he threw a one-out grounder away to first. The runner, Ryan Ditthardt reached second and was pinch run for by Tim Battle who stole third. Evansville brought the infield in and second baseman Ryan Still made a diving catch for the second out. Following a walk, Massingham then struck out Doug Thennis looking to end the game.
With the 4-3 win, Evansville is now 25-42 this season as Washington falls to 29-36.
Dan Marcacci (4-1) is the winning pitcher, after allowing just two runs in 7 1/3 innings pitched, a season high. The loss is charged to pitcher Jhonny Montoya (2-5) who yielded four runs (three earned) over 6 1/3 innings. Closer Eric Massingham got the last five outs for the 16th save of the season.
The teams will meet again on Wednesday night in the middle game of the series. Right-hander Scott Kelley (5-4, 4.22 Earned Run Average) will start for Evansville and another righty in Justin Edwards (3-2, 3.26 ERA) will be on the mound for Washington. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. EST at CONSOL Energy Park.
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