Crushers Swept by Schaumburg
Boomers come from behind to beat Crushers, 4-3
AVON, Ohio — The Lake Erie Crushers saw an early 3-0 lead disappear in their series finale against the Schaumburg Boomers on Thursday night, as they were swept by the Boomers at Mercy Health Stadium, falling 4-3.
The loss for the Crushers (17-25) marks the third time that they’ve been swept this season, while the victory for the Boomers (19-21) gave them their second sweep of the 2022 campaign.
Lake Erie took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. After Gunnar Kines (0-1) kept the Boomers off the board in the first inning for the first time in the series, Lake Erie started the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles from Austin White and Kokko Figueiredo. Kenen Irizarry brought White home on a RBI groundout to give Lake Erie a 1-0 lead.
The Crushers used the long ball to add to their lead in the bottom of the second inning. Irizarry struck again with a two out single and he scored on Connor Owings’s two-run homer to left, his second of the series and his ninth of the season.
Schaumburg tied things up in the top of the fourth. They were held to just one hit through the first three innings before they scored three times on five hits in the fourth. Brett Milazzo drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly before Thomas DeBonville tied things up with a two-run homer to right, his fourth of the season.
The Boomers took the lead in the top of the seventh inning. Kines retired the first two batters before he walked William Salas and his outing came to an end when Chase Dawson delivered a single to left. He was replaced by Sam Curtis, who allowed a two out RBI single to Clint Hardy, which proved to be the game winner.
Kines took the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits while fanning six batters over six and two-thirds. Juan Pichardo (1-1) picked up the victory after tossing two scoreless innings in relief and Darrell Thompson (4) scored the save after tossing two scoreless innings as well.
Jackson Valera delivered a pinch hit two out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Owings’s homer in the third extended his hitting streak to seven games.
The Crushers will begin a three game series with the Washington Wild Things at Mercy Health Stadium on Friday night. Right-hander Jay Alvarez (2-2, 6.18) will start for the Crushers and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.