Crusher fall again late, down 0-2 in series
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — The Lake Erie Crushers find themselves in a tough position two games into the Frontier League championship series.
Falling Sunday night to the Schaumburg Boomers 7-5 by surrendering another late lead, the Crushers are now one loss away from elimination.
Battling back from a 5-0 deficit, the Crushers worked to tie the ball game up in the top of the fifth, but reliever Mickey Jannis gave up two earned runs in the bottom of the seventh and the Crushers could not complete the comeback.
Starter Alex Kaminsky didn't have his best stuff working, but was able to grind out five innings for manager Jeff Isom and his teammates. Kaminsky's rough inning came in the second as the Boomers sent five men across the plate to score.
Poor fielding again plagued the Crushers as for the second night in a row Lake Erie struggled for three errors, two of which came in the second that translated for four runs. The six total errors are uncharacteristic of the Crushers this season, but can be directly related to the team losing both games by a combined three runs.
For the second night in a row, the Crushers let the early lead slip away and not play as an advantage.
Daniel Bowman continued his stellar performance in the post season with a triple in the first and eventually scored on a wild pitch by the Boomers' Shawn Sanford.
Fighting back to tie the game at 5-5 in the fifth, Lake Erie made Schaumburg pay after a pair of costly error. Andrew Davis came through with a clutch single with a pair of runners on to tie the game.
Then in the seventh, Jannis let a pair of runners on for the Boomers' Justin Vasquez and Vasquez made him pay on the first pitch of the at bat to send home the runners and give Schaumburg the 7-5 lead.
Lake Erie was able to get runners on via the walk late in the game, but were not able to capitalize.
Game three of the series, and a must win for the Crushers, will be at home Tuesday with a 7:05 first pitch. Matt Rein will be on the hill for Lake Erie.