May 18, 2024

Gone[zo] – Alfredo Gonzalez Launches Walk-Off Homer to Take Game One Against Quebec

Avon, Ohio– The winning streak has extended yet again for the Lake Erie Crushers (6-1), this time in dramatic fashion against the Quebec Capitales (3-4). Lake Erie walks things off to win its 6th straight, this time by a score of 3-2. The win keeps them in the first-place spot in the Frontier League West.

Crushers C Alfredo Gonzalez got things started in the 1st, sending a sacrifice fly to left field to score 1B Scout Knotts for the opening run of the ballgame.

Two innings later, the Crushers found another run as CF Sean Cheely found his first hit of the 2024 season down the third baseline for a double. 2B Ethan Skender, singled him to third before Scout Knotts singled into center field to bring Cheely home for the second run of the ballgame, Crushers leading Quebec 2-0 after three.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Capitales found themselves with bases loaded and just one out. Fortunately for the Crushers, RHP Leonardo Rodriguez was able to bear down as he got RF Marc-Antoine Lebreux to ground out to first base for out number three. Crisis averted.

Quebec’s DH Tommy Seidl and 3B Jeremy Profar would manufacture 2 runs charged to RHP Enrique Ozoa in the top of the 5th inning to put the score even, 2-2.

Then things settled down.

The Crushers went hitless after stranding the bases loaded in the bottom of the 4th, going 0-13 into the 8th inning. On the other side of the ball, Crushers LHP Cal Carver, LHP Kenny Pierson, and RHP Sammy Tavarez combined for 4.1 scoreless innings as the 2-2 score would hold into the bottom of the 9th.

While the top of the ninth saw an onslaught for the Crushers on the mound, with Sammy Tavarez striking out the side, the bottom of the ninth saw just one pitch.

The first pitch to the veteran Alfredo Gonzalez from new Quebec RHP Frank Moscatiello was sent into the stratosphere, clearing the wall in left field for a walk-off home run. Not a soul in the stadium had any doubt it was gone.

The win for the Crushers moves them to 6-1 on the season, extending the team’s streak to six straight wins. The Capitales move below .500 with the loss, now at 3-4 on the 2024 campaign.

The two sides will match up two more times this weekend at Crushers Stadium. Quebec’s Ryo Kohigashi will face off against Lake Erie’s Matt Mulhearn for game 2 of the series on Saturday, May 18 at 7:05 p.m. EST.

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Quebec Capitales 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
Lake Erie Crushers 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 8 1

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