Crushers fall to Boomers
Crushers drop back and forth battle to Boomers
AVON, Ohio -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, fell to the Schaumburg Boomers in a back-and-forth battle on Friday night at All Pro Freight Stadium, 10-8, in 11 innings.
For the Crushers (33-43) the loss was their fourth in their last five games, while the victory for the Boomers (34-43) was their first in four games at All Pro Freight Stadium this season.
Both teams had issues throwing strikes, as the two teams combined to issue 16 walks on the night. In addition, both teams combined to commit five errors on the night. Richard Seigel had a huge night for the Crushers, going 5-for-6.
Lake Erie struck first, scoring four times with two outs in the bottom of the first inning to stage an early lead. Brendan Costantino started the rally with a one out single, and two batters later, Jose Barraza stroked a single into the left field corner. Eric Grabe followed with a RBI single to left to score Costantino, and Barraza scored later in the inning on a passed ball. After a single from Richard Seigel, Bryan De La Rosa smashed a two-run single to right to cap the big frame.
Schamburg was able to cut that lead in half with a pair of runs in the top of the second. Mark Nelson reached on a one out single, and made his way to third on a double from Mike McClellan. Mikal Hill then reached on Grabe's fielding error at short which allowed Nelson to score. Two batters later, Nick Oberg drove in the next run on a two-out RBI single to center.
Lake Erie was able to get one of those back in the bottom of the second. Rob Paller walked with one down, and made his way to second after Connor Oliver was issued a two-out free pass. Barraza followed with a RBI double to left center field to score Paller.
The Boomers responded with a pair of runs in the top of the third. Argenis Aldazoro started the inning with a double to center, and came around to score on a single to right from Tillman Pugh. Pugh made his way to third on an errant throw from Paller in left, before heading to third on a single from McClellan, and scored on Hill's RBI groundout.
They weren't done, as the Boomers added a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead. Jordan Dean began the inning with a walk, before Connor Reed induced a pair of fly outs. Nelson then tied the game with a RBI double to right. McClellan followed with a RBI double to left to give the Boomers the lead.
The lead didn't last long, as the Crushers tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Costantino and Oliver stroked back-to-back one out doubles, and Barraza drove in the game tying run on a groundout to plate Costantino.
In the eighth, Pugh reached on a walk, and scored after a pair of throwing errors. Lake Erie answered in the bottom of the inning. Paller reached on walk to start the inning, and advanced to third on a two-base throwing error. Costantino drove Paller home moments later on a RBI single to center.
In the 11th, the Boomers scored three times on a pair of hits. Hill drove in the first run on a RBI double to left, and Oberg drove in the final two on a single to left field. Lake Erie was able to score one final time in the bottom of the 11th, on a RBI single from Seigel, his fifth hit of the game.
Dexter Price (4-4) scored the win for the Boomers, tossing 2.2 innings of scoreless one-hit relief, while Kurt Lipscomb (1) scored the save. Justin Sinibaldi (0-5) allowed three runs on two hits in the 11th and suffered the loss.
Seigel's five-hit performance led the way for the Crushers, on a night where the Crushers hit safely 15 times on the night. Costantino was next in line with three hits on the night, while Oliver, Barraza and De La Rosa all hit safely twice.
The Crushers will continue their three game series with the Schaumburg Boomers at All Pro Freight Stadium on Saturday night. Left-hander Stetson Nelson (4-6, 4.85) will start for the Crushers and the Boomers will go with right-hander Kagen Hopkins (3-5, 3.44). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.