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.
After Greys starting pitcher Joe Zeller struck out Craig Hertler for the first out of the game, Greys catcher Chris Kay was so excited that he accidentally spiked the ball into the ground in front of him trying to throw down to third. It was bad, just like the Greys now 18-32 record. But the Crushers did exactly what has to be done when playing against last place teams. They beat the Greys 4-1 behind a dominant starting pitching performance from Matt Rein.
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.
The Crushers quest to reach the .500-mark before the All-Star break will have to be completed another day. After winning on Wednesday afternoon to improve to 23-23 on the season, the Crushers lost to Wild Things 3-1 on Thursday night, dropping to 23-24. Matt Smith was hung with the loss, but he pitched a quality start. He completed six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and striking outs six batters. The loss dropped him to 2-3 on the year.
Craig Hertler drew a leadoff walk in the first and third innings and came around to score both times as the Crushers went on to beat the Wild Things 6-4. The Crushers have now won two in a row have reached an even 23-23 on the season. The loss was Washington’s seventh in eight games.
The Crushers quest to hurdle to the top of the standings continued on Tuesday night, and Craig Hertler supplied the gas in the 4-2 victory over the Washington Wild Things. The Crushers improved to 22-23 with the win, and moved ahead of Washington into fifth place in the East. Washington dropped to 22-24.
It’s hard to be upset with a 4-2 week, but the Crushers have to be disappointed that they lost their weekend series with the Aviators after starting the week by sweeping the ThunderBolts. The IBI's Kyle Ferrara recaps the week that was and more for the Lake Erie Crushers.
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.
On this July fourth, the Windy City ThunderBolts would like to declare their independence from Avon, Oh. The Crushers beat the Bolts 5-1, clinching the series sweep behind a third straight brilliant performance from the starting pitching. Dave Middendorf pitched eight innings, giving up just one run on four hits, striking out three. He earned the win to improve to 6-3 on the season. The Crushers are now 20-21.
Alex Kaminsky threw seven shutout innings against the ThunderBolts en route to a 3-0 Crushers win. Kaminsky improves to 3-4 on the season after allowing just three hits, one walk, and one hit batsman. The Crushers are now 19-21.
Tuesday night’s magic number was two. Two, as in the second complete game shutout Crushers starter Matt Rein has thrown in his last three starts. Two, as in just two hits allowed by the Crushers dominant southpaw. Two, as in this game was essentially over in the second inning, as the Crushers beat the ThunderBolts 11-0. Rein picked up his fourth win as the Crushers improved to 18-21.
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.
Mickey Jannis was just getting ready to eat a sandwich before the game, when he was interrupted by a reporter looking to do a feature piece on him and his return to the Crushers. Without complaint or hesitation, he politely agreed and walked outside to chat. It was ironic that the Crushers’ opponent that day was the Normal CornBelters. It was a nice, normal day, a perfect time to interview the Crushers most normal pitcher.
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.
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