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Baseball: Evansville Otters pound ThunderBolts 15-5

Updated: August 24, 2014 6:35AM



With the wind blowing out on a scorching morning, Tuesday was a rare hitter’s day at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.

The Evansville Otters sure take advantage.

The Otters pounded out 25 hits, three which left the yard, and rolled to a 15-5 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts in front of a mostly young crowd of 2,656 on Big Splash Day.

“We knew it was going to be an offensive-type day and we just couldn’t get anyone out,” T-Bolts manager Ron Biga said. “It was rough.”

It was another frustrating day for the T-Bolts (19-36) who won two straight in Joliet over the weekend, only to return home Monday for the first time since July 3 and drop the first two against Evansville (33-21).

“It was a good ballgame (Monday), but we just couldn’t scratch across any runs (in a 2-0 loss),” Biga said. “(Tuesday), we came out and did an OK job offensively and our pitching staff really let us down.”

The middle of the order led the barrage for the Otters in the 3-hour, 36-minute marathon as cleanup hitter Nick Balog went 5-for-6 with a homer, four RBI and three runs and No. 5 hitter Chris Sweeney was 4-for-5 with two round-trippers, six RBI and three runs.

The long day began early for Windy City as starter Tad Barton (0-2) allowed the first three hitters of the game to reach via a hit, a walk and a hit batter. After Balog’s sacrifice fly, Sweeney launched a long three-run homer that easily cleared the left-field wall and struck a school bus in the parking lot.

Kolin Conner’s RBI single made it 5-0 after one and Barton’s day quickly was done.

The Otters also mounted four-run innings in the fourth and eighth to go along with single runs in the sixth and seventh.

The T-Bolts had a solid day at the plate with nine hits. Kyle Robinson had a sacrifice fly in the first and Ryan Soares hit his third homer of the season, a solo shot, in the fourth.

Trailing 9-2, Windy City had a chance to make things somewhat interesting in the fifth when Evansville starter Taylor Dennis (1-1) walked three and hit a batter, but the T-Bolts managed just two runs on a passed ball and the first of two sacrifice flies by Ryan McIntyre.

“We had chances to get some big hits and, as bad as this was, maybe get back in the game,” Biga said. “We’ve been talking about two-out hits. It’s like ‘Who wants to get one?’ We’re disappointed that we’re not getting them when we need them.”



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