Jun 23, 2024

Crushers Drop Second Straight One Run Game to Gateway

Sauget, IL – The Lake Erie Crushers (23-15) dropped another tight game to the Gateway Grizzlies (22-15) on Saturday, falling by a score of 3-2.

The Crushers scored the first run of the game without a ball leaving the infield in the 2nd. After two infield singles, CF Burle Dixon dropped down a beautiful drag bunt down the first base line to score 1B Vincent Byrd Jr.

Gateway’s 1B Jack Thomas-Wold had the response for the Grizzlies in the bottom half of the inning, singling to RF to drive in a run and knot the score at 1-1. Gateway would then load the bases with nobody out against Crushers starter, RHP Matt Mulhearn.

SS Jarrod Watkins would turn a double play for Lake Erie, allowing a run to score, but in a big threat early in the game, those outs are a premium. Mulhearn would put away the third out, limiting the damage to just a 2-1 Grizzlies lead after two.

Vincent Byrd Jr. would record the first hit to reach the outfield for the Crushers in the top of the 5th, sneaking a seeing-eye grounder through the left side to drive in a run and put things even once again at 2-2.

Gateway once again responded quickly in the bottom half with a shot off the bat of RF Kyle Gaedele that cleared the wall in left. Gaedele’s first homer of the season came on the 10th pitch of the at-bat and gave the lead back to the Grizzlies, 3-2.

Mulhearn, the former Grizzly, would exit the game in the sixth with two outs and a man on second, tying his longest outing of the season. LHP Kenny Pierson entered the game and issued a four pitch walk to Jack Thomas-Wold before getting the final out of the 6th inning.

Matt Mulhearn’s final line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K on 77 pitches.

The 3-2 score would stand into the top of the 9th with Gateway’s Nate Garkow coming in for the save. He would strike out the side to lock down the second straight one-run win for Gateway.

Gateway’s Kaleb Hill (2-0) would get the win, and Matt Mulhearn (1-3) would be allotted the loss in the stadium he played his college ball at.

Lake Erie has now dropped five of their last six games and sit in 3rd place in the Frontier League West.

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lake Erie Crushers 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
Gateway Grizzlies 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 3 6 1

 

The Crushers will try to salvage a game in the series finale on Sunday, June 23. First pitch is set for 2:05pm EST. Anthony Escobar will try to play stopper for Lake Erie.

Frontier League Standings: https://frontierleague.com/sports/bsb/2023-24/overall-standings

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