The New Jersey Jackals congratulate each other on a win over the Evansville Otters on May 25, 2023 at Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ
Jackals Salvage Sweep With Patience at the Plate
May 26, 2023
PATERSON, N.J. – Patience is a virtue and the New Jersey Jackals demonstrated that in their 6-3 victory
in the series finale against the Evansville Otters to avoid the sweep. In the second inning, Evansvillle
struck first on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Noah Myers. With a runner on second, Ethan Skender hit a
ground rule double to left scoring Bryan Rosario to give the Otters a 2-0 lead.
New Jersey quickly answered back in the third inning with a two-run homer off the bat of Josh Rehwaldt.
Rehwaldt’s center field blast was the 22 nd over-all home run at Hinchliffe Stadium in four games.
The Jackals breakout inning occurred in the fifth inning. With one out, Rehwaldt singled, followed by a
walk to Ti'Quan Forbes. Otters starting pitcher Jhon Vargas began to show signs of fatigue as a wild pitch
advanced Rehwaldt and Forbes to third and second respectively. This led to the intentional walk to New
Jersey’s slugger Keon Barnum to load the bases.
Vargas’ gamble of loading the bases did not pay off as he yielded two consecutive walks with the bases
loaded to give the Jackals a 4-2 lead. Evansville manager Andy McCauley went to his bullpen and handed
the ball to right hander Jon Beyner. Beyner gave up an RBI double to Alfredo Marte, who spent parts of
three seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers, to give New Jersey a 6-2
lead. The Otters would muster one more run in the top of the seventh.
The Jackals victory ended Evansville’s eight-game winning streak. This is the second time that Hinchliffe
Stadium was the scene of an eight-game winning streak ending. In 1934, Josh Gibson ended the New
York Black Yankees eight-game winning streak. Gibson’s solo shot in the fourth inning gave his
Pittsburgh Crawfords a 2-1 victory over New York.
Hats off to home plate umpire Tim McCaffrey. Arbiter McCaffrey was eagle eye with the pitch clock and
issued a number of warnings. The Frontier League is easing in the use of the pitch clock, and stricter
enforcements will occur later in the season. McCaffrey also stopped play twice to warn the press box
about playing music while players were set in the box.