The Crushers lose the completion of a suspended game and then drop the second game
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WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, fall to the Washington Wild Things in game one, 1-0 on Tuesday evening, which was a game suspended in the third inning on May 22. The Crushers then dropped the second game, a seven inning contest, 4-3.
With the losses, the Crushers (32-41) have now dropped six of seven games against the Wild Things this season. They fall to 15-25 away from All Pro Freight Stadium. The Wild Things (34-37) snapped a six game losing streak with the win tonight and won their first game in the month of August.
The two teams started the game in the bottom of the third inning with Zac Grotz (3-2) taking the mound for the Wild Things and Justin Sinibaldi taking over, for the Crushers, on the hill.
The pitching was phenomenal throughout the contest. Sinibaldi went three innings, in relief of Juan Caballero who started the game in May. He did not give up a run, allowing three hits and striking out four hitters. Grotz went six innings, getting the win. He did not allow a run and struck out seven Crusher hitters.
The only run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth inning. With one out, Jimmy Yezzo hit a triple to right field. David Popkins immediately followed with an RBI double to left field.
Brad Duffy (1-1) was given the loss as he gave up the run on two hits, while working three innings.
Washington jumped on the board early. In the bottom of the first, Ricky Rodriguez hit a pop fly to left-center field. Crushers' left fielder, Sean Hurley, lost the ball in the twilight sky. The ball bounced in for a double. David Popkins followed with a hard hit ball to center field. Again, Connor Oliver could not find the ball and Popkins sailed into second base with an RBI double.
The Crushers tied the game in the top of the third inning with a big hit by Hurley. Max Casper hit a one out single to left field. He would get to second base on a bad pickoff attempt by Chase Cunningham on the mound. With two outs, Hurley roped a double to center field scoring Casper, making it a 1-1 game.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Wild Things fired the next shot. Austin Wobrock walked to lead off the inning. Crushers' starting pitcher, Steven Hagen (4-5), then got the next two outs before allowing a two-run bomb to Yezzo. Hagen then walked Kyle Pollock and Justin Garcia. Still with two outs, Alvaro Gonzalez hit an RBI double, which capped the three run inning and put the Wild Things on top, 4-1.
Lake Erie made it interesting in the top of the sixth inning. Jose Barraza walked and stole second base. Eric Grabe and Richard Seigel then struck out leading up to an RBI single by Brendan Costantino. Costantino would then move to second and third on wild pitches. An error by the pitcher, Andrew Woeck, allowed Costantino to score and De La Rosa, who had just walked, to reach third base. However, De La Rosa was stranded at third base and the Crushers still trailed, 4-3.
The Crushers and Wild Things will square off again on Wednesday. Lake Erie will put right-hander Mike Devine (7-5, 4.44) on the mound. Washington will go with left-handed pitcher Matt Snyder (0-0, 18.00). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.