Normal CornBelters Win Second Straight!
Normal CornBelters @ Evansville Otters
Sat May 18, 2013
The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, used two big early innings to defeat the Evansville Otters 8-3 on Saturday night at Bosse Field. The CornBelters will play their first regular season home game of the 2013 season at The Corn Crib on Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. versus the Windy City Thunderbolts (CEFCU Opening Night).
The CornBelters opened the scoring in the second inning with four hits with two outs. Matt Wright and Santiago Chirino singled followed by a Devin Thaut base hit that scored Wright and a two-run double off the left field wall by Keoni Manago.
The Belters added to the tally in the third inning when Pat McKenna led off with a walk followed by a base hit by Steven Felix. Romulo Ruiz doubled inside the third base bag to score McKenna, and Felix came home on a ground out by Matt Wright to put the Belters ahead 5-0 in the third inning.
The Otters dented the scoreboard in the third inning on a solo home run over the 385-foot sign in left center by C.J. Henry to cut the CornBelters lead to 5-1.
Evansville cut the margin to 5-2 with a two-out RBI double to the right field wall by Andrew Clark, scoring Frank Martinez who reached via walk.
The CornBelters added insurance in the ninth when Manago led off with a walk followed by a fielder's choice by Mike Schwartz to put runners at first and second. Pat McKenna sacrificed the runners to second and third, and both scored on a single to right by Steven Felix. After two wild pitches put Felix at third, pinch hitter David Medina drove him home for the final Normal tally. The Otters added a run in the ninth when John Nester led off with a single and scored on a wild pitch and two fielder's choices.
Jose Trinidad earned the win in his CornBelters debut with 6 2/3 innings of work. Mitch Mormann pitched the remaining 2 1/3 innings for the save. Otters starter Matt Crim took the loss.
The CornBelters (2-0) conclude the opening series in Evansville on Sunday with a 5:05 p.m. first pitch with a 4:50 p.m. pre-game on http://ww.995theticket.com. The Belters will send lefty Ryan Demmin to the mound while the Otters will counter with lefty Matt Zielinski.
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