Crushers done in by four-run second, fall to Boomers, 6-3
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, lost their third straight game on Wednesday afternoon, dropping a 6-3 decision to the Schaumburg Boomers.
For the Crushers (16-17) the loss drops them below the .500-mark for the first time this season, while the victory for the Boomers (18-17) was their sixth straight at home.
Schaumburg staged an early lead, scoring four times in the second inning and never looked back. The Crushers had chances to strike throughout the contest, but they stranded nine base runners and weren't able to capitalize.
In the bottom of the second, Paul Kronenfeld was hit by Jordan Kraus's (2-3) 1-2 pitch, and he came around to score on Mikal Hill's RBI double to left-center. Ino Patron followed with a single to right, and Chris Robinson drove Hill home on a RBI double to the gap in right-center. Patron scored on Jordan Dean's groundout later in the inning, and Robinson came home on a wild pitch to complete the big frame.
The Boomers added another run in the bottom of the third. The inning began with three consecutive hits. Mark Nelson started the inning with a single, and scored on Dusty Robinson's RBI double, which was followed by a single from Kronenfeld. Kraus was able to work his way out of the inning, having only allowed the one run.
The Crushers began battling back in the fourth inning. Jose Barraza started the inning with walk and advanced to second on Parker Norris's base hit. Bryan De La Rosa then belted a RBI double to left to score Barraza, and Parker Norris came home later in the inning on Brady North's sacrifice fly.
Lake Erie was able to get as close as two (5-3) in the top of the seventh inning, a frame that began with three consecutive singles. Brendan Costantino started the inning on a bunt base hit, and Marquis Riley followed with a single to left. Barraza then smashed a RBI single back up the middle to score Costantino, but that was all the Crushers could get in the seventh.
Schaumburg added a big insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning. With runners on first and third and one out, Dean smashed a run scoring single to bring Chris Robinson home to give the Boomers a 6-3 advantage.
Jake Joyce (4-2) tossed 1.1 innings of action in relief for the Boomers, and while he walked three, he didn't allow any runs or any hits, and came away with the win, while Dexter Price (3) tossed a perfect ninth inning for the save. Kraus came away with the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings of work.
Seven Crushers reached safely at least once for the second night in a row. Costantino and De La Rosa each hit safely twice to pace the Lake Erie offense.
The Crushers will finish their three-game series with the Schaumburg Boomers on Thursday night. The Crushers have not announced their starter, and the Boomers will go with right-hander Seth Webster (3-2, 3.75). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:30 PM.