Jun 28, 2024

Crushers End Injury-Riddled Series With Win

Crestwood, IL – The Lake Erie Crushers (26-16) finished the road trip strong with a big 11-3 win over the Windy City Thunderbolts (17-26) on Thursday.

If an official scorer could legally give an RBI to a third base coach, Jared Lemieux would definitely receive one for the Crushers’ first run of the game in the top of the 2nd.

LF Ronald Washington smacked a ball right back up the middle that was knocked down by a diving 2B Emmanuel Sanchez. Despite the speed of Washington, Sanchez elected to grab the ball that had bounced a few feet away and throw to first base, very late. Meanwhile, Lemieux had the windmill turning like a small Texas town depended on it. 2B Ethan Skender never stopped running and scored from second on a ball that didn’t leave the infield. Lake Erie led 1-0.

In the top of the 4th, Windy City starter Ruddy Gomez was pulled from the game in the middle of an at-bat after an apparent back injury. Gomez walked off the mound after delivering a ball to Ethan Skender. The Thunderbolts righty was dealing, amassing seven strikeouts in just 3.1 IP. The Crushers wish Gomez the best and hope that the apparent injury is not too serious.

Windy City would call out Dan Brown from the bullpen. Brown struggled to throw strikes in his outing, walking six straight batters and allowing Lake Erie to take a 5-0 lead without putting a ball in play. It’s very difficult when a reliever has to come in cold and spontaneously, and Windy City was on the short end of the stick on a chilly night on the outskirts of Chicago.

In the top of the 6th, DH Vincent Byrd Jr. slapped a ball inside the bag at third to drive in two more Lake Erie runs, extending their lead 7-0.

During the inning, Ethan Skender fouled a ball off the inside of his leg, very close to the kneecap. He would exit the game putting very little weight on his left leg. Walner Espinal would replace Skender and draw a walk in the remainder of the at-bat.

Ronald Washington added on moments later with an RBI single through the right side. C John Tuccillo would make it double digits in the run column with a 2 RBI double, giving him his fourth hit and fifth RBI of the series. Lake Erie led 10-0 after the top of the 6th looking to escape Chicagoland with a win and head back home to Avon.

LHP Darrien Ragins pitched a nice game for Lake Erie in the rout. His final line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 ER on 101 pitches.

LHP Cal Carver relieved Ragins in the 6th inning, coming in with the bases loaded and one out. Carver got a shallow fly ball out and a strikeout to strand the bases loaded. One run scored in the inning and was charged to Ragins – the Crushers still leading 10-1 after six.

The Thunderbolts would muster just two runs after the sixth inning. With the Crushers tacking on a run in the 9th, the final score finished 11-3.

Darrien Ragins (4-0) would get the win with Ruddy Gomez (0-2) getting the loss despite pitching well before exiting the game.

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lake Erie Crushers 0 1 0 4 0 5 0 0 1 11 13 1
Windy City ThunderBolts 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 11 1


The Crushers remain 1.5 games behind the Washington Wild Things as the top team in the West will come into Avon for a weekend series beginning Friday, June 28 at 7:05pm EST. It’s Military Appreciation Night with postgame fireworks and a custom jersey auction! It’s the series of the summer so far. Lots at stake!

We hope to see you at Crushers Stadium with us on Friday and then again for Country Night on Saturday (with postgame karaoke and fireworks!) and Stomper’s Birthday on Sunday!

Cant join us at the ballpark? No worries! You can stream the Lake Erie Crushers all season long at FloSports.tv.

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

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