Win Some, Lose Some
The Crushers win game one of the double-header, but fall behind early in game two and lose
Game 1 box score: http://frontier.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=374418
Game 2 box score: http://frontier.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=319900
Avon, OH. -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, and the Traverse City Beach Bums started Saturday's suspended game in the third inning on Sunday afternoon, and the Crushers held on, 3-2, but the Beach Bums got revenge with a 7-1 victory in game two of the twin bill.
With the win and loss, the Crushers (39-45) finish the nine-game home stand with a 6-3 record. They are 10-9 in August. For the Beach Bums (36-46), the split decision gives Traverse City six wins in the nine meetings with the Crushers so far this season. Traverse City is now 7-3 in double-headers in 2016.
On Saturday evening, the game started 14 minutes late due to rain in the area. Once the contest got underway, the Beach Bums scored two runs in the top of the first inning. Marcos Derkes singled and Casey Rodrigue walked. Steven Hagen then allowed a two-run double to Will Kengor, his 16th hit against the Crushers this season.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Crushers took the lead for good. Jose Barraza singled to start the inning and Eric Grabe walked. While Richard Seigel was hitting, Barraza was picked off second base by Beach Bums' catcher, Gaby Juarbe. Seigel then singled to right moving Grabe to second base and Sean Hurley walked to load the bases. Max Casper hit an RBI single on the left side of the infield. Robb Paller then singled to score Seigel and Hurley, putting the Crushers up, 3-2.
The rain came down after the second inning and the rest of the game was suspended until Sunday.
On Sunday, neither team scored a run as the game resumed in the third inning. The Beach Bums had chances to tie, or take the lead, throughout the game. In the fifth inning, Traverse City had runners on second and third with one out and later in the inning, they had bases loaded with two outs, but did not score a run. In the sixth inning, runners were on second and third base with one out and nobody scored. Finally, in the eighth inning, runners were on second and third base with two outs and neither runner touched home plate.
The Crushers pitching was outstanding in game one on Sunday. Justin Sinibaldi (1-5) took over for Hagen and went 3.1 innings, earning the win. He struck out six and walked six but did not allow a hit. Jeff Dally, in his first appearance with the Crushers, went two strong innings, allowing no hits, with two strikeouts and two walks. Chandler Jagodzinski (11) came on with one out in the eighth inning and completed the five-out save.
For the Beach Bums, Benjamin Libuda (3-4) was saddled with the loss. He allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over five innings. James Ball pitched two innings and Rob Blanc pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
The Beach Bums jumped on the board early against Crushers' starting pitcher, Josh Heddinger (3-5). In the first inning, with two outs, Jose Vargas knocked a solo home run to right center field. Kengor and Steven Patterson then walked and moved up a base on a wild pitch. Still with two outs, and two in scoring position, Elijah Trail doubled to left field, scoring two runs and putting the visitors up, 3-0.
In the second inning, the Beach Bums added another run as Derkes doubled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Bottger.
Traverse City went up, 6-0, in the top of the fourth inning as they went to work with two outs, again. Bottger walked and scored on a triple from Vargas. Vargas then scored on a wild pitch.
The Crushers only run of the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Bryan De La Rosa hit his third home run of the year, a solo shot, to left field.
The Beach Bums added one more run in the seventh inning. Kengor led off with a lead-off double and moved to third on a fly out to center by Patterson. Trail hit a sacrifice fly to center field, and the Beach Bums went up, 7-1.
Heddinger was given the loss after he went 3.2 innings, allowing six runs on five hits and five walked. He also struck out five hitters. Manny Arciniega came on for the Crushers out of the bullpen and went 3.1 innings to finish out the game. He allowed a run on two hits and struck out four.
For Traverse City, Michael Shreves (3-8) was the winning pitcher after he threw all seven innings, striking out five and giving up one run on six hits.
The Crushers will have Monday off and then will travel to Schaumburg, Illinois to take on the Boomers. On Tuesday night, the Crushers will start right-hander Steve Hagen (5-5, 3.24). The Boomers' starting pitcher will be righty Kagen Hopkins (4-5, 3.20). First pitch is scheduled for 7:30.