The Beat Goes On
The Crushers get a three-run home run by Sean Hurley and good pitching, propelling them to victory.
Avon, OH. -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, beat the Windy City ThunderBolts, 4-1 on Wednesday evening at All Pro Freight Stadium, with six innings from starting pitcher, Juan Caballero (2-1), and four runs on the board before the fourth inning.
With the win, the Crushers (37-43) hold their longest winning streak in the second half of the season. They are now 7-4 this year against Windy City. For the ThunderBolts (36-43), the loss marks their ninth defeat over their previous 11 games. The T-Bolts fall to 3-9 in games decided by three runs, this season.
Lake Erie jumped on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Robb Paller singled and moved to second on Brendan Costantino's groundout to second base, which deflected off of the pitcher's mitt. Connor Oliver then walked, to put runners on first and second base. Corey Bass, the T-Bolts catcher, attempted a pickoff throw to first base, following a pitch. The ball was too high for Larry Balkwill to bring down at first base and rolled into foul territory. Paller came all the way around to score the first run of the game on the error.
The Crushers would extend their lead in the bottom of the third inning. Paller walked and Costantino was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Later in the inning, with two outs, Sean Hurley lifted his fifth home run of the year to left field. The ball landed on top of the Nordson grass hill and the Crushers went up 4-0.
That four-run lead would hold until the top of the ninth inning. Coco Johnson doubled off of Brad Duffy with one out. Tim Zier singled, moving Johnson to third base and Johnson scored the only Windy City run on a wild pitch.
Both teams had chances and plenty of base runners. The two teams combined to walk 18 times. Lake Erie had bases loaded in the fifth and the eighth inning but did not plate a runner. The T-Bolts had bases loaded in the seventh inning and could not score a run.
Caballero was the starting pitcher for the Men of Crush and he pitched six, strong innings, which earned him the win. He did not allow a run, giving up only two hits, and he struck out five hitters. However, he also walked five tonight. Manny Arciniega worked out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning and recorded two innings out of the bullpen, allowing no hits and striking out three while walking three T-Bolts. Brad Duffy gave up a run on two hits in the ninth inning.
Jayson Yano (0-1) started his first game with Windy City, tonight. He was given the loss after surrendering four runs, three earned, on five hits over four innings. The ThunderBolts bullpen did not allow a hit. Jake Stolley went two innings while Chris Chigas and Brian Loconsole went one inning of relief.
The Crushers will go for the sweep of the ThunderBolts, tomorrow, at All Pro Freight Stadium. Lake Erie's starting pitcher will be lefty Connor Reed (2-1, 4.66). Windy City will counter with right-hander Kyle Von Ruden (1-3, 3.10). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.