The Evansville Otters won both games of a doubleheader at Traverse City (17-11) on Wednesday by winning the first game 3-2 and taking the final game 1-0.
In game one, Evansville scored first against Traverse City right-hander Casey Delgado. Catcher David Cruz led off the third inning with a hit by pitch, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and groundout. He scored on a throwing error by shortstop Denver Chaves.
Pitcher Chad James retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced but the lefty lost the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth. After getting the leadoff batter out, James walked the next three hitters. A sacrifice fly from catcher Chris Cowell tied the game at one and an infield single from outfielder Jeff DeBlieux moved Traverse City ahead 2-1.
The Otters tied the game in the seventh and final inning after left fielder Taylor Wrenn dropped a fly ball that led to a two-base error. With Nik Balog on second, Traverse City removed starter Casey Delgado and Chris Sweeney greeted closer D.J. Johnson with a game-tying RBI double to right field. Evansville went ahead later in the inning with an RBI infield single from shortstop Cory Urquhart.
Closer Orlando Santos then struck out all three hitters he faced in the bottom of the seventh to secure the 3-2 victory in game one. James (2-2) went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs on one hit for the win.
Evansville also took the early lead in game two. Catcher Kolin Conner reached on a one out single and scored later in the inning on a Chris Elder double to center field.
Evansville tried to add to the lead with runners at first and second with no outs in the fifth but reliever Chuck Ghysels got the final outs of the inning and left those runners stranded.
Pitcher Robert Ramer (6-0) pitched 6.0 innings of scoreless three hit ball for the win. Closer Orlando Santos weaved around two seventh inning walks for his second save of the day.
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