In a crucial series for both teams, Jonathan Stilwell’s Otters (24-16) took four of five from Walt Taylors Whatevers (18-17). Going into the series, the Otters held a slim 1/2 game lead over the red-hot Whatevers (14-6 over their last 20 games).
Game 1: Otters 5, Whatevers
Stephen Strasburg got the call for the visitors, and Justin Verlander took the mound for the Whats. Trea Turner led off the game with a HR. Then later in the inning Mitch Haniger knocked in Freeman and Anthony Rendon with a double. Khris Davis launched two solo HRs later in the game to add to the Otters tally. Strasburg had a shutout going until with one out in the 8th Dustin Pedroia hit a pinch hit homer to put the Whats on the board.
Otters 5- 9-1
WP – Strasburg
LP – Verlander
HR – Otters – Trea Turner (2), Khris Davis 2 (8,9)
Game 2: Otters 4, Whatevers 2
The Otters jumped out in front in the 1st inning when Freddie Freeman homered with Mike Trout on base. Giancarlo Stanton answered with a solo homer for the Whats in the 2nd inning. The Otters added runs with HRs along the way from Sal Perez and Trout. The Whats managed an unearned run in the 8th inning on an error, a wild pitch, and a single. Luis Castillo held the Whats to a single hit over 7 innings.
WP – Luis Castillo, SV – Giles
LP – Greinke
HR – Otters – Freeman (9), Trout (7), Sal Perez (7)
Game 3: Otters 4, Whatevers 2
The Otters jumped on Brad Peacock in the first inning when Rendon homered and Haniger tripled, bringing in two base runners. The Whats scored in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Francisco Lindor.The score stood 4-1 until the 7th inning when the Whats loaded the bases with walks, then Marwin Gonzalez singled home Josh Reddick. But Gurriel grounded into a double play to end the threat. Nick Vincent and Wade Davis closed out the game for the visitors.
WP – deGrom; SV – Davis
LP – Peacock
HR – Otters – Rendon(4)
Game 4: Otters 6, Whatevers 4
For the fourth time the Otters scored in the top of the first inning. Rendon hit a two run homer, and then Haniger followed suit. Although there was plenty of traffic on the bases, Aaron Nola held the Whats scoreless until with one out in the 7th inning, Edwin Encarnacion homered with Vazquez on 2nd . The Otters added runs on a Freeman HR in the 8th, and then Turner scampered home on a passed ball in the 9th. The Whats mounted a rally in the bottom of the 9th on a Ryan Braun walk, a double from Reddick, and a two run single from Lindor. After two more walks loading the bases, a fly to left ended the game.
WP – Nola; SV – Milner
LP – Martinez
HR – Otters – Rendon (5), Haniger (3), Freeman (10)
Whats – Encarnacion
Game 5: Whatevers 5, Otters 4
The Otters scored in the first inning when Rendon tripled home two runners. The Otters added runs in the 3rd and 5th innings, and were up 4-1 going into the bottom of the 5th inning. But then Votto homered. With the score 4-2, the script changed in the bottom of the 7th. Josh Reddick and Votto homered back to back to tie the game. The game drifted into extra innings. After the Otters left Freddie freeman on third base in the top of the tenth, Yuli Gurriel launched a Wade Davis offering to win the game for the home team. The Whats had hit 5 solo homers during the course of the game.
WP – Shaw
LP – Davis
HR – Otters Freeman (11)
Whats – Marwin Gonzalez, Votto 2, Josh Reddick, Yuri Gurriel