Crushers win third straight at home in 5-3 victory
AVON, Ohio - The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy Health, won their third straight home game on Friday evening at Sprenger Healthcare Stadium, as they came away with a 5-3 victory over the Windy City Thunderbolts to take the series opener.
The victory for the Crushers (36-28) was their fifth in their last six games overall, while the loss for the Thunderbolts (25-39) was only their second in their last seven games on the road.
Windy City used the long ball to take a 1-0 advantage, as Blair Beck blasted the first pitch his saw in the bottom of the second inning over the wall in center field. The homer was his seventh of the season.
Lake Erie responded with a pair of runs on the bottom of the second to take the lead. The Crushers had the bases loaded after walks issued to Doug Trimble and Zach Racusin sandwiched a double from Dalton Wheat. Bryan DeLaRosa then hit into a 4-6-3 double play which scored Trimble to tie the game. Aaron Hill gave the Crushers the lead two batters later as he smashed a two out RBI double down the line in left to score Wheat.
The Thunderbolts tied the game in the top of the third. Omar Obregon reached on an infield single, and advanced to second on Dane Hutcheon's errant throw on the play. Tim Zier's groundout put Obregon on third with one out, and with the infield drawn in, Axel Johnson singled into shallow right-center field, scoring Obregon to tie the game at 2-2.
The Crushers came right back with another run to regain the lead in the bottom of the third. Back-to-back singles from Hutcheon and Terry McClure started the inning, putting runners at the corners with nobody out. Cody Lenehan then bounced into a 4-3 double play which brought Hutcheon home to give the Crushers a 3-2 lead.
Lake Erie added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Trimble started the inning with a single to center, made his way to second on Dalton Wheat's sacrifice bunt and scored on Racusin's RBI base hit to center. Lake Erie tacked on one more run in the bottom of the eighth, on Cody Lenehan's solo homer to left, his third of the season.
The Thunderbolts added one more run in the top of the ninth, as Axel Johnson scored on Tyler Straub's RBI groundout.
Oriel Caicedo (1-1) scored the victory for the Crushers. He allowed just a pair of runs on seven hits while fanning four batters over six innings of work. Kent Hasler struck out the side in the seventh on 11 pitches, while Seth Lucio worked a perfect eighth inning in relief. Logan Lombana (5) picked up the save after allowing just a run on one hit in the ninth. Braulio Torres-Perez (1-2) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on 11 hits over seven innings.
Newly acquired Terry McClure led the Crushers offensively with three hits on the night, going 3-for-4 with a trio of singles. Trimble, Racusin and Roark all turned multi-hit performances as well with two hits each.
The Crushers will continue their three game series with the Windy City Thunderbolts at Sprenger Healthcare Stadium on Saturday evening. Right-hander Micah Beyer (0-0, 0.00) will start for the Crushers and the Thunderbolts will counter with righty Eddie Avila (0-5, 6.75). 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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