Jun 30, 2024

The Wind Spoils Crushers’ Series Finale as They Fall 1-0

Avon, OH – The wind was not in the favor of the Lake Erie Crushers (28-17) on Sunday. The visiting Washington Wild Things (28-16) were able to squeak out with a 1-0 win in Avon to salvage a game in the series.

Washington’s starter Aaron Forrest pitched a 1-2-3 1st inning before being pulled before the 2nd after an apparent injury. He would be relieved by Ryan Munoz, who pitched three excellent innings coming cold out of the pen.

On Lake Erie’s mound stood the 6’1″ 185lb Cuban, RHP Pedro Echemendia, making his first start in a Crushers uniform after being signed on Sunday morning. He pitched out of a few jams in the early innings and was staying very efficient in the early going.

However, with two outs in the 4th, CF Caleb McNeely poked a double and then came around to score on an RBI single by 2B Ethan Wilder. Washington struck first, just as they did in the previous two games.

The Crushers couldn’t muster anything offensively against Munoz, but looked to change things against RHP Christian James, who was brought in for the 5th. James issued a one-out walk to DH Jack Harris, but the Crushers went quietly to end the inning.

Echemendia pitched through the 6th inning, and he was great in his Crushers debut. His final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Despite his efforts, he would be on the hook for the loss.

RHP Christian Scafidi, RHP Sammy Tavarez, and RHP Trevor Kuncl pitched scoreless innings in relief, but the Wild Things still led 1-0 into the bottom of the 9th.

SS Jarrod Watkins led off the 9th against Washington closer, RHP Gyeongju Kim. With two strikes Watkins got out in front of a Kim delivery, hooking it deep into right field, but the wind pushed it foul. Watkins’ foul ball had home run distance and would have tied the game, but the wind had other ideas.

Kim would settle in after the loud foul ball and retire the Crushers in order in the 9th, notching his 10th save to give the Wild Things a slim 1-0 win in the series finale.

The Wild Things managed a win in a series where they only scored three runs. The Crushers pitching staff was incredible against a great offense filled with scary bats – a bit of silver lining despite the 1-0 loss on Sunday.

Jared Lemieux spoke after the game saying, “It’s frustrating, but that’s baseball. It’s hard to win games.”

Despite the loss, the Crushers are still within a game of Washington for 1st place in the Frontier League West.

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington Wild Things 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Lake Erie Crushers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

 

The Crushers, for the first time since May 19, will be at home for two consecutive series as they take on the Windy City Thunderbolts. The two go head-to-head at Crushers Stadium on Tuesday, July 2, with the first pitch set to be thrown at 7:05 p.m. EST.

Tuesday’s game will also be Paw-ty in the USA! It’s an exciting day where you can bring your dog to the ballpark for all the action. The day will also see lots of exciting deals, from Dollar Dog Day to $2 LaBatt Beers and $3 pretzels for those in attendance. Oh, and don’t forget, you’ll want to get to the stadium early, as the first 50 dogs will receive a free poop bag dispenser.

Make sure you also mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 3rd for Red, White, and BOOM fireworks after the game (7:05pm EST start time). It’s the BIGGEST fireworks show in Lorain county brought to you by the city of Avon. You won’t want to miss it!

Then on Thursday for the Fourth of July, it’s America’s Pastime Day. What’s better than baseball and the Fourth of July? Nothing. Simple as that. Come out to the ballpark for a Thirsty Thursday with half off all Great Lake Brewing products. Fireworks will be shot off after the game (because you can’t do 4th of July without fireworks) commemorating America’s Pastime – the beautiful sport of baseball.

It’s a great week ahead at Crusher’s Stadium, and we can’t wait to see you with us at the ballpark!

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