Lake Erie treaded water Monday in Evansville by winning game one of a double header and dropping game two. In game one, the Crushers got a strong performance out of starter Matt Smith. Smith has been having an up and down season so far this year, but Monday on the road he was almost untouchable.
Lake Erie's offense was shut down Friday night in Avon as the Crushers (31-28) fell to River City 3-1 in another rightly contested match. As things heat up for the second half of the year, the Crushers, who sit in fourth place in the east, fell behind a full two games behind Southern Illinois despite getting a solid outing from Alex Kaminsky on the mound.
Lake Erie (28-26) rebounded from Saturday's no hit loss with late 2-1 victory over the Grizzles on Sunday. Coming off of the team's worst loss of the season, the Crushers regrouped on the mound and at the plate to take the series from Gateway.
Lake Erie fell a few feet short of a four game sweep of the Frontier Greys Sunday in Avon falling 3-2 in a defensive battle. All star Dave Middendorf just didn't have it in him as he made one crucial mistake in his four innings of work on the mound.
For the first time this season, Lake Erie cleared the .500 mark by winning both seven inning games of a double header against the Frontier Greys Friday night in Avon. Winning game one in a pitchers duel 2-1 with reliever Mickey Jannis on the hill, the Crushers held on to the momentum for a 7-2 thrashing in the second game.
Lake Erie could not complete a late comeback Saturday night as errors costs the Crushers a 4-3 loss to Rockford. After winning four games in a row at home, the Crushers streak came to a halt, despite a promising chance to get the win.
Lake Erie put forth a disappointing effort Sunday in Traverse City, falling to the Beach Bums 8-0 on just two hits to be swept in the weekend series. After winning seven of their last nine games, the Crushers came in on an odd schedule after each game of last week's series against the Frontier Greys was rained out and pushed further into the night. Coming out flat in key situations this weekend, the Crushers were outscored 18-5 with the majority of the runs coming on Sunday.
A late comeback fell just short as Lake Erie scored a run in the eighth inning, but fell to Traverse City 3-2. Starter Dave Middendorf pitched a compete game with all three runs earned on five hits. Falling behind 2-0 in the first, Middendorf settled in but Lake Erie's offense could not get on track.
Traverse City picked up a 7-3 victory Friday night in the opening game of a weekend series with Lake Erie. The Crushers fell behind early on and struggled to climb the hill back on top. Starter Alex Kaminsky earned the loss after giving up four runs on five hits and four walks in four innings of work.
After several days of severe storms, Lake Erie and the Frontier Greys were finally able to finish Tuesday's game, losing 6-4, but game number two of the doubled header was another rainout. In front of one of the largest crowds seen at All Pro Freight Stadium this season at 3,140, rain put everyone on hold again Wednesday.
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