Roberts tames Wild Things
Josh Roberts retires 13 in a row in Crushers victory
AVON, Ohio – Lake Erie Crushers right hander Josh Roberts silenced the Washington Wild Things on Sunday evening at All Pro Freight Stadium, as he tossed six scoreless innings in a 4-1 Crushers victory.
For the Crushers, (30-34) the victory gives them four in their last five against the Wild Things, while the loss for the Wild Things (28-35) was their third in their last four games.
Roberts (7-4) and Washington starting pitcher Casey Barnes (5-4) dominated the first three innings of the contest. Roberts had runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the second, when he endured a 12 pitch battle with Ryan Ditthardt, and struck him out to end the inning. Roberts then finished his outing by tossing four perfect innings.
Barnes retired the Crushers in order his first time through the lineup, but allowed the game’s first run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Patrick Norris and Jereme Milons stroked back-to-back singles to start the inning, before Andrew Davis reached on Scott Lawson’s error at second. Kellen Kulbacki drove Norris home moments later on a sacrifice fly to snap a scoreless tie.
The sixth inning began with Milons’s second single of the night, and he moved to third on Kulbacki’s base hit. Jason Taylor then knocked Barnes out of the game with a single through the left side of the infield to score Milons from third.
Lake Erie plated two more runs in the seventh inning to put the game away. Zach Messer reached on shortstop Kevyn Feiner’s throwing error, and Milons walked with two outs, setting up a two out RBI opportunity for Davis. Davis delivered with his league leading, 24th double of the season which scored both Messer and Milons.
The Wild Things plated their lone run in the top of the eighth. Eric Stephens reached on Jodam Rivera’s fielding error at the beginning of the inning, and he scored on Feiner’s groundout. In the ninth, Ruben Flores (13) walked the first two batters of the inning, bringing the tying run to the plate, but retired the next three batters to seal the deal.
Roberts allowed just a pair of hits in six scoreless innings and struck out eight batters in a winning effort, while Flores snagged his 13th save of the season. Barnes allowed a pair of runs on seven hits over five and a third and was tagged with the loss. Sheffield Lake, Ohio, native, Steven Grife tossed an inning and two-thirds, allowing a pair of unearned runs on one hit for Washington.
Seven out the starting nine for Lake Erie hit safely for the Crushers. Milons led the way with a 2-for-3 performance, and extended his on base streak to 16 games. Davis’s double in the seventh inning marked his 41st hit in the month of July, and extended his on base streak to 35 games.
The Crushers will finish their three game series against the Washington Wild Things at All Pro Freight Stadium on Monday night. Left Hander Paul Fagan (4-8, 4.25) will start for the Crushers, and the Wild Things will counter with right hander Justin Hall (6-4, 3.77).The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
by Andy Barch
All Pro Freight Stadium
2009 Baseball Boulevard
Avon, Ohio 44011