Feierabend silences Otters; Sixth inning triples seal the deal
EVANSVILLE, Indiana – A complete team effort from the Lake Erie Crushers transpired to a win Saturday night versus the Evansville Otters at Bosse Field.
The night did not begin the way the Men of Crush were hoping it would. Dakota Phillips belted a home run in the bottom of the second inning to kick off the scoring for the night.
The top of the sixth inning was when Lake Erie finally went to work offensively. Consecutive RBI triples from Trevor Achenbach and Connor Oliver gave the Crushers their first lead of the contest. Bryan DeLaRosa capped the frame off with a single to score Oliver. Lake Erie possessed a 3-1 lead after the sixth inning.
Ryan Feierabend dazzled in his second straight start against the Otters. Feierabend lasted seven innings, with the Phillips homer being his only blemish. Nine strikeouts accompanied one run on two hits for the southpaw ace for the Grapest Show on Turf.
Taylor Sugg worked a flawless inning on the mound, racking up a strikeout in the bottom of the eighth.
Feierabend’s counterpart, Austin Gossman, delivered 5 2/3 innings of work. He surrendered three runs on six hits while fanning six Lake Erie batters.
J.T. Perez shut the door in the ninth to send the Crushers to victory 3-1. For Perez, it is his tenth save of the season.
Feierabend (7-3) earned the victory as Gossman (2-5) received the loss in the low-scoring affair in Indiana.
The Crushers now see themselves with a 33-37 record in the Frontier League’s 2021 season.
The rubber match will get underway Sunday, with the first pitch being tossed at 1:35 pm EST. Paul Hall Jr. will take patrol of the mound for the Crushers. Evansville’s Tim Holdgrafer will oppose him.