Crushers use trio of three-run innings to beat Wild Things
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Lake Erie Crushers used a trio of three-run innings to rally past the Washington Wild Things, in a 9-5 victory on Wednesday night at Consol Energy Park.
The victory for the Crushers (23-30) guarantees them their second series victory since the All Star Break, while the loss for the Wild Things (24-32) was their fourth in their last five games.
The Lake Erie offense has been on fire over the last two nights. One night after achieving season highs in both runs (17) and hits (18), the Crushers pounded out nine runs on 11 hits, giving them 26 runs on 29 hits over the first two games of the series.
It all began with a two-out rally in the top of the first inning. Jose Barraza and Anderson Hidalgo reached on back-to-back two out singles, before Juan Sanchez belted a two-out triple to left center to snap the scoreless tie. Sanchez scored later in the inning on a passed ball.
The Wild Things answered with a pair in the bottom of the first. Matt Peters drove in the first run on a RBI double, and he scored later in the inning on Scott Kalamar's sac fly RBI.
Lake Erie put up another three-spot in the top of the third. With the bases loaded and one out, Boo Vazquez drove in Chandler Brock on a RBI groundout, and Emmanuel Quiles followed with a two-run single to give the Crushers a 6-2 lead.
Washington added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to chip away at the deficit. Andrew Heck drove in a run on a RBI triple in the fourth and Matt Ford belted a run scoring double in the sixth inning to bring the Wild Things within two (6-4).
The Crushers put the game away with three huge insurance runs in the ninth. Back-to-back walks were issued to Trevor Stevens and Austin Prott to start the inning. The Crushers executed a double steal, which prompted an errant throw from Washington catcher Maxx Garrett, allowing Stevens to score. Brock followed with a RBI single to right center, and Barraza capped the inning with a RBI double to right.
Washington scored one last run in the bottom of the ninth on Lee Orr's solo homer.
Zach Morton (3-1) scored the victory for the Crushers, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings of action, and struck out six to score the victory. Trevor Longfellow (8) grabbed the save after allowing just a run on two hits over two innings of relief. Richie Mirowski (0-3) allowed six runs on six hits over three innings and took the loss.
Barraza led the way for Lake Erie offensively, going 4-for-5 on the night with two runs and drove one in. He's hit safely six times in the series with four RBIs. Brock, Hidalgo and Sanchez all hit safely twice as well for the Crushers. Prott's ninth inning walk extended his on base streak to 21 games.
The Crushers will finish their three game series with the Washington Wild Things on Thursday night. Left-hander Brad Zambron (2-3, 3.98) will start for the Crushers and the Wild Things will counter with right-hander Luke Wilkins (4-2, 3.00). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, and 2011 Frontier League Organization of the year, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, Ohio. The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 14 teams operating throughout the Midwest. Season tickets for the 2015 season are on sale now! 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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