Otters move into lead with split home-and-away series. Whats left needing to sweep Asians to tie for lead (Nov. 30)

In a critical series for the second half title, Jonathan Stilwell’s Otters and Walt Taylor’s Whatevers split their home-and-away series with the home team winning at both ends. The split put the Otters, into h a commanding position, with a 23-17 record for the second half and the Whatevers a 21-17 with two games left, their home-and-away series with the Tsunamis.

Game 1  Otters 9, Whatevers 4 played at Whatevers

Jose Berrios, Otters v Lucas Giolito, Whatevers.

The Otters scored in the first on an RBI double by Corey Seager. The Whats countered with two in the second on RBI doubles by George Springer and Whit Merrifield. In the bottom half of the second, an RBI triple by Jake Cronenworth was followed by a two-run homer by Yasmani Grandal make it 4-2 in favor of the Otters. 

The Whats  tied it in the fourth on a two-run homer by Springer. Grandal broke the tie in the sixth with his second homer, a solo shot off Adam Cimber, to again give the Otters the lead. The Otters blew the game wide open in the seventh on an RBI single by Lourdes Gurriel, a fielding error by Ryan Tepera, and two run triple by Cedric Mullins. Richard Rodriguez picked up the win for the Otters and Adam Cimber took the loss for the Whats.

What    4-6-1      LP-Adam Cimber 5-2. HR: George Springer #10

Otters   9-12-2   WP-Richard Rodriguez. HR: Grandal 2 HRs.

Game 2  Whatevers 4, Otters 3 played at Otters

Alek Manoah, Whatevers, v. Luis Garcia, Otters.

Scoreless thru two innings, the Whats got their first run via an RBI groundout by Shohei Ohtani. The Otters tied the game at 1-1 without a hit in the fourth with the help of two walks, a hit batter, and a SF by Trea Turner. Solo homers by Cedric Mullins and Mike Trout in the fifth put the Otters ahead 3-1. The Whats got a two-run homer by Vlad Guerrero, Jr., followed by a solo shot by Joey Votto off Andrew Chafin to take the lead 4-3. The Whatevers’ bullpen shut down the Otters the rest of the way with Emmanual Clase getting the last four outs for his thirteenth save

Otters  3-5-1     LP- Andrew Chafin. HR Cedric Mullins, Mike Trout.

Whats  4-5-0    WP- Alek Monoah 5-1. Sv Clase #13. HR. Vlad Guerrero #19, Joey Votto #20.

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