EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Troy Marks was dominant, striking out 11 and allowing just two hits in a seven-inning, 2-0, shuout victory for the Wild Things Monday night in the opening game of a doubleheader against Evansville.
The Otters scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn a split of the doubleheader with a 4-3 victory. Evansville erased a 3-0 lead by Washington in that game.
Marks, making just his second start for the Wild Things (39-23), who moved back into first place in the Eastern Division by one game over the Otters (37-23) with the victory, improved to 2-0 and has now allowed just seven hits with 15 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings.
The second game was completed too late for this edition.
Leadoff batter Daniel Poma scored both runs for Washington against Evansville’s Blake Monar, who was nearly as good as Marks. Monar gave up just four hits and struck out eight.
Poma scored on a dropped third strike in the first inning after walking to open the game, and later crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice by Carter Bell in the sixth.
In the second game, John Schultz singled in Phillip Wilson with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Wilson opened the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by Cory Urquhart.
Washington built a 3-0 lead with two runs in the second and one in the fourth. William beckwith opened the second inning with a solo home run and Poma drew a bases-loaded walk for the other run.
In the fourth, Carter Bell singled and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Poma.
Evansville tied it in the bottom of the inning when Shayne Houck got on via an error and moved to third on a single by Nik Balog. Chris Sweeney singled in Houck and Balog scored on a wild pitch. Sweeney came home on an error.