Crushers lose fifth straight in extra innings, 4-3
Lake Erie scored a pair of runs late to comeback and tie the Schaumburg Boomers, but fell in extra innings 4-3 to lose their fifth in a row.
It was a whirlwind of a game Saturday at All Pro Freight Stadium with the first place Crushers suffering a tough blow late. Taking an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Andrew Davis, the Crushers would trade scores with the Boomers for the rest of the night.
Starter Matt Rein gave Lake Erie a quality start going seven innings and giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits and striking out seven batters. Rein lost hold of the lead in the fourth inning after getting two quick outs before the speed of Schaumburg got the best of him.
Davis cost the Crushers a run in the inning on an error with the bases loaded as the Crushers fell behind 2-1.
In the sixth, the Boomers added another run when Rein gave up a leadoff double that was brought in by Schaumburg's Ty Nelson.
The Crushers waited until the bottom of the eighth to bring the offense back. Getting the inning started off right, Seth Granger took advantage of a pitch and found a gap for a double.
Daniel Bowman followed and wasted no time getting Granger in from second as he ripped a triple to keep the Boomers at bay. After a pitching change, Russell Moldenhauer knocked a single where the Boomers weren't to send Bowman home and tie the game up at 3-3.
After Moldenhauer's RBI single, the Crushers did not get another hit in the ball game. Reliever Brandon Smith, who came on to work the eighth inning, would get credited with the loss when in the top of the 10th with runners on first and second, Steve McQuail broke the tie with an RBI single and the Crushers could not muster the magic to come back again.
With a loss Saturday and a Traverse City win, Lake Erie now holds a one game lead for first place in the east. The Crushers and Boomers will meet for game three of the series Sunday at 5:05 first pitch.