First Home Loss
Crushers fall to Wild Things in first home loss of the season
AVON, Ohio -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, fell at home for the first time this season, as they dropped a 5-1 decision to the Washington Wild Things at All Pro Freight Stadium on Friday night.
For the Crushers (13-10) the loss snapped an eight-game home winning streak, while the victory for the Wild Things (12-12) was their second in three tries against the Crushers this season.
Lake Erie was held in check offensively by Washington right-hander Trevor Foss (4-2) who went the distance and limited the Crushers to just a run on six hits with seven strikeouts over nine innings of work.
Washington fired the first shot, getting on the board in the top of the second inning. Ricky Rodriguez started the inning with an infield single, and scored the game's first run on Nick Ferdinand's RBI double to center.
The Wild Things were able to add two more in the top of the third. A pair of one out walks were issued to Jimmy Yezzo and Bryan Haar before Rodriguez reached on a two-out single to load the bases for Logan Uxa, who belted a two-run single to center.
Another big two out hit produced two more runs for the Wild Things in the top of the fifth. Rodriguez walked with two outs to start the rally, before Uxa reached on a base hit, and Ferdinand struck again with a two-run single to left.
The first 12 Crushers were retired in order by Foss, before William Beckwith started the bottom of the fifth inning with a single to center. Beckwith made his way to second after Juan Avila was hit by a pitch, and advanced to third after Bryan De La Rosa reached on a fielder's choice. Parker Norris then drove Beckwith home on a sacrifice fly.
Colin Feldtman (0-3) took the loss for the Crushers, allowing a trio of runs on three hits over 2.2 innings of action. Six different Crushers saw action in relief in the night as well.
Connor Oliver produced Lake Erie's only two extra base hits of the night, going 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, while Beckwith turned in a multi-hit game as well, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.
The Crushers will continue their three-game series with the Washington Wild Things on Saturday night at All Pro Freight Stadium. The pitching matchup has not been announced. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.