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All Pro Freight Stadium / Lake Erie Crushers
June 15, 2011
Late rally halted in seventh straight loss
AVON, Ohio – The Lake Erie Crushers came from behind to tie Thursday night’s game against the Traverse City Beach Bums on two separate occasions, but their bid to tie the game for a third time, came to a grinding halt in the ninth inning, as the Beach Bums scored a 9-7 victory to complete a three game sweep.
The Crushers (7-17) have now lost seven consecutive games, marking the longest losing streak in the history of the franchise, while the Beach Bums (11-13) have now won eight out of their last nine at All Pro Freight Stadium.
The Crushers took their first lead of the series in the bottom of the first inning when Andrew Davis smashed his fourth homerun of the season, a solo shot that cleared the wall in right.
Traverse City responded by plating four runs in the top of the second. Tom Zebroski drove in the first run on a double, and Zack Pace’s sacrifice fly scored Evan Sharpley before James Guerrero capped the big inning with a two-run base hit.
Joel Collins drove in Lake Erie’s next two runs on sacrifice fly balls. In the second inning he drove Chris Luick home, and Scott Houin scored the first of two runs in the fourth inning on Collins’s sacrifice. Later in the fourth, an errant pickoff attempt by Traverse City starting pitcher Wayde Kitchens brought Luick home to tie the game at 4-4.
The Beach Bums plated a pair of runs in the sixth inning to take their second lead of the night. Nate Peterson’s one out double scored Sharpley, and Pace reached on a fielder’s choice to bring Peterson home.
Houin and Luick both walked to start the bottom of the sixth inning, and they both advanced on Kyle Boe’s sacrifice bunt. Kellen Kulbacki then tied the game by ripping a two-run single to right field.
The seventh inning for the Beach Bums began on back-to-back singles from J.T. Hall and Chase Burch. Hall advanced to third on Burch’s single, and Burch advanced to second on the play. Jose Vargas then singled home the next run to put the Beach Bums ahead for a third time. Chris Allen then struck out Sharpley, before Peterson lined into an inning ending double play.
Traverse City scored two big insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Burch smashed a solo homerun to plate the first run, and Zebroski delivered a clutch, two-out RBI single to give the Beach Bums a three run lead.
Jason Taylor walked to start the second inning, and Patrick Norris followed with a pinch hit single. Kyle Shaffer brought Taylor home with a base hit to right center field to make it a two-run game, with the tying runs on base, and nobody out. Traverse City closer Scott Mueller then retired the next three batters to seal the deal.
Scott Dunn (1-2) tossed two scoreless innings of relief and earned the victory for Traverse City, while Mueller came on in the ninth to secure his fifth save of the season. Paul Daniels (0-1) allowed a run on two hits in the seventh inning, and suffered the loss.
Eight out of Lake Erie’s starting nine reached safely, while four players reached multiple times. Luick walked three times, and scored three of Lake Erie’s seven runs, while Boe, Collins, and Houin all reached twice, all three reaching on a walk and a single. The seven runs scored by the Crushers, marked their largest offensive output since scoring seven times in an 11-7 loss to Normal on June 1st.
The Crushers will begin a three game series with the Rockford Riverhawks at Road Ranger Stadium on Thursday night. Right hander Jairo Cuevas (0-0, 0.00) will get the start for the Crushers, and the Riverhawks will counter with right hander Brett Scarpetta (1-0, 2.79) The first pitch is scheduled for 8:05 PM.
The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, OH. The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. Season tickets for the 2011 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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