Crushers get much needed 8-4 win over the Greys
By Matt Lofgren
August 31, 2013
Winning just one out of their last nine games, the Lake Erie Crushers collected themselves to grab a much needed 8-4 victory over the Frontier Greys Friday night in Avon.
Fueled by a 6-run sixth inning, the Crushers were able to get back on track in the East after falling out of first place with a tough stretch of baseball.
Starting off strong in the first, Lake Erie got on the board early on by stringing together hits and eventually getting a sacrifice fly by Daniel Bowman who led the Crushers with two RBIs on the night.
Adding a run in the third inning compliments of an Anderson Hidalgo single that scored Bowman, the Crushers kept newly acquired Jason Wilson in the game with their bats while he struggled in his start.
Lasting just 4.1 innings and giving up four runs on eight hits, Wilson did just enough to keep the Crushers in the game.
Earning the win for the team was the Crushers' bullpen in a combination Connor Whalen and Jordan Wellander. The two combined for 4.2 innings of work and one hit baseball while paving the way for Whalen's second victory of the season.
Lake Erie's offense waited until the sixth inning to explode for the big runs.
Capitalizing on an error to start the inning to get Juan Sanchez on and then a passed ball to score him two at bats later, the Crushers got contributions from Seth Granger, Bowman and Russell Moldenhauer in the inning.
The Crushers were locked down from their en route to the win to keep the standings tight.
Just one game out of first place, the Crushers still have a playoff spot in East with five games left to play. With two more contests against the struggling Greys, it looks like it will come down to a home series against Traverse City for first place in the east.