Crushers split twin bill with Sussex County
AVON, Ohio — The Lake Erie Crushers split their double header with the Sussex County Miners at Mercy Health Stadium on Sunday afternoon, falling 4-3 in the opener before taking the finale in dramatic fashion, 2-1.
The Crushers (4-5) snapped a three game slide with the win in the finale while the Miners (7-3) won their third straight series to start the season after taking the opener.
The Miners scored first in the top of the second inning on Nick Garland’s two out RBI single to left.
Lake Erie answered with a trio of runs in the bottom of the second. They recorded four consecutive singles in the inning from Jared Mang, Jarrod Watkins, Ermindo Escobar and Kokko Figueiredo. Escobar’s single scored Mang, Connor Owings walked with the bases loaded to plate the next run and Kenen Irizarry’s RBI groundout scored Escobar.
The Miners clawed back with a run in the third on Mike Reynolds’s RB single to left to make it 3-2. They took the lead for good in the top of the fourth inning when Carson McCurdy delivered a pinch hit two run double down the line in right to bring in the final two runs of the game.
Vin Mazzaro (1-0) retired the last 11 batters he faced and picked up the win after allowing three runs on four hits over six innings, while John Baker (2) picked up the save. Brock Begue (0-1) took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits over three and a third.
There were plenty of base runners in the second game on both sides, but not many runs scored.
After four scoreless innings, the Miners plated their only run of the game in the top of the fifth when Ariel Sandoval brought Errol Robinson home on a sacrifice fly.
The Crushers were down to their final strike in the bottom of the seventh when they provided a few fireworks. Figueiredo started the inning with a single and made his way to second on Nick Cicci’s sacrifice bunt. With Figueiredo on second and two out, Jackson Valera blasted a 3-2 pitch off the wall in center field for a RBI double to tie the game at 1-1. Jack Harris followed by smashing Baker’s (0-1) 1-2 pitch to left field. Valera came around to score from second on a close play at the plate to win the game.
Gleyvin Pineda (1-0) picked up the victory, tossing a perfect inning in relief. Baker took the loss, allowing a pair of runs on three hits over two-thirds of the seventh inning.
The Crushers are off on Monday but will begin a three game series with the New York Boulders at Mercy Health Stadium on Tuesday evening. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.