July 5, 2017 - Frontier League (FL) - Lake Erie Crushers
AVON, Ohio -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, used a strong pitching performance to pave the way for another come from behind victory, as they took the rubber match in a three-game series with the Evansville Otters, winning the series finale, 3-2, at Sprenger Health Care Stadium on Wednesday night.
The win for the Crushers (20-27) was their fourth in their last six games, marking their second straight series victory, while the loss for the Otters (26-20) was their third in their last four games overall.
Lake Erie used the trio of Connor Reed (2-5), Andrew Utterback and Chandler Jagodzinski (11) to hold the Otters to just a pair of runs on six hits.
Evansville struck first, plating a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. Reed faced one over the minimum through his first three innings, before the Otters scored twice on four hits in the fourth. Dane Phillips reached on a one out double, and came home moments later on Alejandro Segovia's RBI double down the right field line. Segovia made his way to second on a single from Jeff Gardner, and scored on Nick Walker's sacrifice fly.
Lake Erie was able to answer in the next half inning, plating a pair of runs on a trio of hits to tie the game at 2-2. L.J. Kalawaia started the inning with a single to center, and made his way to third on Brandon Murray's one out base hit. Murray stole second before Sean Hurley tied the game on a two out, two-run single to center to tie the game.
The Crushers took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. They had the bases loaded with two outs, when Cody Lenehan hit a slow roller to third. Walker fielded it cleanly but his throw to third took Segovia off the bag, allowing Lenehan to reach safely, and Brandon Murray to score on the play.
Reed picked up the victory, allowing just a pair of runs on five hits while fanning five along the way. Utterback tossed a pair of scoreless innings in relief, while Jagodzinski tossed a perfect ninth inning to grab the save. Diego Ibarra (1-3) took the loss after allowing three runs on six hits over six innings of action and struck out nine.
Kalawaia and Murray led the Crushers with two hits each, and Kalawaia extended his on base streak to 14 games in the process.
The Crushers are off on Thursday, but will begin a three-game series with the Florence Freedom at Sprenger Health Care Stadium on Friday night. Right-hander Juan Caballero (2-1, 3.74) will make the start for the Crushers. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05