Big Innings Cost Crushers In 12-6 Loss
AVON, Ohio - The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy Health, were victimized by a pair of five run innings at Sprenger Healthcare Stadium on Friday night, as they dropped their series opener to the Traverse City Beach Bums, 12-6.
The loss for the Crushers (40-36) was their sixth straight at home, while the victory for the Beach Bums (34-41) was their third in four games in Avon this season.
The action was fast and furious in the early stages of the game. As the two teams combined to score 11 runs on 13 hits over the first three innings of the game.
Traverse City got on the board first, scoring in the top of the first inning. Isaac Benard reached on a single and made his way to third on a double off the bat of Well Kenjor, before scoring on Steve Lohr's RBI groundout.
The Beach Bums took a 6-0 lead in the top of the second inning, scoring five times on three hits while sending eight batters to the plate. Benard drove in the first run on a RBI single to right to score Alec Olund, before Alexi Rivera smashed a Grand Slam to right, his fifth homer of the season.
The Crushers battled back in the bottom of the second, sending nine batters to the plate and scored five times on six hits. Terry McClure got things going with a one out single, which began a string of four straight hits. Zach Racusin followed McClure with a single to right and Dalton Wheat followed with a RBI double off the wall in right. Mason Brown then delivered a two run single to right field, plating Racusin and Wheat. Two batters later, Aaron Hill belted a double to left field, and Dane Hutcheon followed with a two run single to right to bring the Crushers within a run (6-5).
However, the Beach Bums wouldn't allow the Crushers to capitalize on that, as they sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth inning and scored five runs on six hits to take an 11-5 lead. Every run was scored with two outs. Luke Lowery brought in the first run on a RBI double to left, which was followed by a three-run homer from former Crusher Connor Oliver, his seventh of the season. Ryan Kemp drove in the last run of the inning on a RBI single to center.
The Crushers were able to get one back in the bottom of the fourth as Hutcheon drove in Doug Trimble on a RBI single, but the Beach Bums answered in the top of the fifth inning on Lowery's two out RBI single to take a 12-6 lead.
Andrew Click (1-1) came on in relief and scored the victory for the Beach Bums. He tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of one hit relief and fanned a pair of batters. Justin Sinibaldi (1-3) took the loss for the Crushers, allowing 12 runs on 15 hits over five innings of work. Luke Watts and Branden Nunn combined to toss four scoreless innings of relief.
Hutcheon led the way for the Lake Erie offense, going 4-for-5 and drove in three runs. McClure added a pair of hits as well, going 2-for-5 with a pair of singles.
The Crushers will continue their three game series with the Traverse City Beach Bums at Sprenger Stadium on Saturday evening. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM.
The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, and 2011 Frontier League Organization of the year, play ball at Sprenger Health Care Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, Ohio. The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.
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