Unlucky Number Seven
Another big seventh inning pushes Freedom past Crushers
AVON, Ohio -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, surrendered seven runs in the seventh inning for the second night in a row, as they fell to the Florence Freedom, 11-1 on Wednesday evening at All Pro Freight Stadium.
For the Crushers (17-22) the loss was their seventh in their last eight games, while the win for the Freedom (14-26) was their fifth out of their last six games.
Florence led 4-1, before they struck four seven in the seventh, just as they had done on Tuesday night in the opening game of the series. The seven-run seventh allowed the Freedom to pull away, as the Crushers weren't able to catch up.
Florence fired the first two shots, plating a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Daniel Fraga began the game with a double to right field, and scored on Taylor Oldham's RBI single to center. Oldham stole second, and eventually scored on a two-out RBI single from Collins Cuthrell.
Lake Erie was able to dive into the deficit in the bottom of the second. A dropped third strike allowed Jose Barraza to reach to begin the inning, and he made his way to third on a single to right field off the bat of Nick Covello. Bryan De La Rosa then bounced into a 1-6-3 double play, which scored Barraza to cut the Freedom lead to one (2-1).
Florence was able to add single runs in the fourth and sixth. Josh Henderson reached on a one out walk in the fourth inning, before making his way to third on Jordan Brower's double to right, and he scored on Garrett Vail's sacrifice fly.
The Freedom took a 4-1 advantage in the top of the sixth inning. Henderson and Brower began the inning on back-to-back base hits, and Travis Weaver brought Henderson home on a bunt single. Shortly thereafter, Juan Caballero was able to put an end to the inning, by inducing a 4-6-3 double play.
Florence used the long ball to score their first of seven runs in the top of the seventh inning, as Oldham drove in his second run of the game with a solo homer over the wall in left, his sixth homer of the season. Henderson delivered his second hit of the game later in the seventh, as he stroked a one out RBI single to center to score Andrew Godbold. The bases were loaded with two down when Cam Roth called on Trevor Longfellow, who issued three consecutive bases loaded walks to Weaver, Fraga and Oldham, before Austin Newell smashed a two-run single to right field.
The Crushers were able to score their final two runs with single runs in the eighth and ninth. Eric Grabe smacked a run scoring single in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Marquis Riley belted a solo homer to right in the bottom of the ninth, his first of the season.
Jeremy Gooding (3-4) scored the victory for the Freedom, allowing just a run on four hits while fanning five batters of seven innings of action. Justin Sinibaldi (0-2) took the loss for the Crushers, after allowing three runs on seven hits over five innings of work.
Lake Erie had eight hits on the night, with batters 1-8 in the order hitting safely once.
The Crushers will finish their three-game series with the Florence Freedom at All Pro Freight Stadium on Thursday night. Right-hander Mike Devine (5-1, 2.41) will start for the Crushers and the Freedom will go with left-hander Stetson Nelson (1-3, 5.33). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.