The Crushers get outstanding pitching and hold the Boomers scoreless in 14 innings
Game 1 Box score: http://frontier.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=373314
Game 2 Box Score: http://frontier.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=354564
Avon, OH. -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, took down the Schaumburg Boomers, 2-0 in game one, and 4-0 in game two, on Sunday night at All Pro Freight Stadium, using impressive pitching from starting pitchers, Stetson Nelson (5-6) and Steven Hagen (5-5) who held the Boomers to three hits in the double-header.
For the Crushers (35-43), the victories mark their first winning streak at home since sweeping the Joliet Slammers from July 8, 9 and 10. This also gives the Crushers a 5-4 season series record over the Boomers. With the losses, the Boomers (34-45) have now dropped five of their previous six games.
The first run of the game came in the fourth inning when Connor Oliver hit a hard ground ball to the first baseman, Mike McClellan, that bounced down the first base line. Oliver made it to second base, sliding in ahead of the tag. Jose Barraza then hit a groundball to the shortstop that bounced through Nick Oberg's legs and rolled into left field. Oliver scored on the error and put the Crushers up, 1-0.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Richard Seigel led off with a single to right field. He stole second base before Bryan De La Rosa doubled to deep center field, scoring Seigel and pushing the Crushers lead to, 2-0.
Nelson was dominant over seven innings for the Crushers. He did not allow a run and only gave up two hits and had three strikeouts. The first hit he allowed was Kenny Towns' single in the first inning and the final hit he gave up was to Mark Nelson in the seventh inning. Nelson picked up the win as he pitched his first shutout of the season.
The Boomers' starting pitcher, Seth Webster (7-7) was given the loss but pitched very well. He allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits. Webster struck out six Crusher hitters.
The Crushers got on the board in the second inning of the second game as Seigel knocked a one-out single. Eric Grabe then slammed his fourth home run of the season to left field.
In the third inning, the Crushers went up 3-0 when Oliver led off with his 12th homer of the year, to right field.
Lake Erie went back to work in the fourth inning after Parker Norris, a pinch-hitter for Bryan De La Rosa, and Max Casper singled with one out. Robb Paller then walked which loaded the bases for Brendan Costantino, who hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Norris. The Crushers' lead was extended to four runs.
Hagen also went seven innings for the Men of Crush. He gave up one hit and struck out 10 Boomer hitters.
He struck out four consecutive hitters between the end of the second and the start of the third inning. This was Hagen's first shutout of the season, as well.
Boomers' starter, Scott Schultz (4-5) was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs on six hits and walked three hitters over four innings. Jake Joyce and Kagen Hopkins each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
The Crushers have Monday off but will start a series with the Windy City ThunderBolts at All Pro Freight Stadium on Tuesday. Both starting pitchers will be announced later. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05.