Otters seize league lead; take three from Tsunamis.

Jonathan Stilwell’s defending champion Otters took three of four from Craig Dolan’s fadingTsunamis on Tuesday, May 4. The series win propelled the Otters into the league lead, by percenteage points, over Dave Larson’s Taz Devils (14-12) while the Tsunamis fell three games behind the league leaders. The series was played via Facetime.

Both teams notched big innings in the series. The Asians out-homered the Otters 8-5, but committed eight errors over the first two games to open the doors for more Otter runs. There were three passed balls in the series as well.

Game 1  Otters 8, Tsunamis 2

Marco Gonzales v. Zac Gallen. Trea Turner led off the home half of the 1st inning with a solo HR. But Gonzalez’ ZZ rating gave the Otters fits trying to mount any rallies. Meanwhile Gallen was holding the visitors at bay, allowing only 3 hits over 8 innings of shutout work. With the score 1-0, The home 8th opened with an error. Then five hits and three walks later the Otters had scored seven runs. The rally was capped off by a homer from Rendon and a bases loaded triple from Yasmani Grandal. The Tsunamis spoiled the shutout with a homer from star left fielder Juan Soto.

Tsunamis   2 -4-5    L- Marco Gonzales. HR Juan Soto. 

Otters        8-10-1  W- Zac Gallen. HR Trea Turner, Anthony Rendon.

Game 2  Otters 6, Tsunamis 2

Fried vs Nola. The game was scoreless through 4 innings. Then the Asians struck first when Alex Dickerson homered in the top of the fifth. The home Otters struck back for five runs in the bottom half of the inning. Grandal laced another triple to drive in two, and Cory Seager contributed a two rbi double. Both teams added another run to make it 6-2, in favor of the Otters. 

Tsunamis    2-5-3  L- Max Fried. HR Tucker Barnhardt, Alex Dickerson.

Otters         6 -7-0  W- Aaron Nola. 

Game 3  Tsunamis  8, Otters 4

Bauer vs Darvish. A match up of aces. The Otters took an early lead with a homer from Ronald Acuna. Through 6 innings Darvish was nursing a 3-1 lead. But in the 7th the Asians began an unrelenting assault. Before he left the game, Darvish surrendered a homer to Rios. Then the Tsunamis tied the score 3-3 after 7. In the 8th Buxton added a three run homer. In the 9th Yastrzemski launched another Tsunami homer – the fourth of the game. The barrage of power left the visiting Tsunamis up 8-4.

Tsunamis  8 -7-1  W-Trevor Bauer. HR Trevor Story, Brian Buxton, Mike Yazstremski.

Otters         4 -9-1  L- Victor Gonzalez. HR Ronald Acuña.

Game 4  Otters 9, Tsunamis 7

Kim vs Castillo. With the score tied 2-2 the Tsunamis scored four in the top of the 5th led by a homer from Rios. Then they added another run in the 6th. score 7-2. In the bottom of the inning Freeman homered to get one run back. Bottom 7th, the Otters started started a rally when kim left the game – two double and three walks had loaded the bases. A three run homer from Acuna capped off the six run rally – Otters up 9-7.Nick Anderson came in for the save. The Otters had 9 walks in the game.

Tsunamis   7-11-1  L – Jarlin Garcia. HR Edwin Rios (9).

Otters        9-7-0    W- Richard Rodriguez. SV Nick Anderson. HR Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuña.