Miners send Crushers to fifth straight loss
AVON, Ohio -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, lost their fifth straight game on Tuesday night, falling to the Southern Illinois Miners, 4-0 at All Pro Freight Stadium.
For the Crushers (29-37) the loss was their fifth in a row, and was their fourth straight loss at home, while the victory for the Miners (45-21) was their third in four games against the Crushers this season.
The Lake Erie offense was limited to just three hits on the night, and they were never able to get a base runner beyond second base.
Both teams had chances to score early in the contest, but neither team was able to cash in until the Miners snapped a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning, on a two-out RBI single from Craig Massey to score Francisco Rosario.
The Miners were able to add to their lead in the top of the sixth inning. Steve Marino began the inning with a walk, before Edison Sanchez reached on a fielding error committed by Lake Erie's starting pitcher, Stetson Nelson (4-5). Toby DeMello followed the error with a RBI double to left, knocking Nelson out of the game. Two batters later, with runners on second and third, and one out, Aaron Gates stroked a two-run double down the left field line to give the Miners a 4-0 lead.
While the Crusher bullpen combination of Jordan McCoy and Brad Duffy combined to toss four innings of scoreless relief, Lake Erie was held in check offensively over the final four innings of the contest, getting just one hit during that stretch.
Lake Erie's three hits were all singles, coming from Richard Seigel, Bryan De La Rosa and Eric Grabe. Seigel reached safely twice on the night and has now reached safely in four straight games. Connor Oliver and Jose Barraza saw hit streaks of six and seven games respectively come to an end.
Southern Illinois right-hander Jarret Miller (6-3) scored the victory, tossing seven scoreless innings, and allowed just three hits while striking out six in the process. Nelson took the loss for the Crushers after surrendering four runs, three earned on six hits while fanning five batters over five innings.
The Crushers will continue their three game series with the Southern Illinois Miners at All Pro Freight Stadium on Wednesday morning. Right-hander Steve Hagen (3-4, 3.19) will start for the Crushers and the Miners will go with left-hander Dan Ludwig (7-1, 3.39). The first pitch is scheduled for 11:05 AM.