Crushers stay red hot with 11th straight win
By Matt Lofgren
August 19, 2013
The red hot Lake Erie Crushers tied a franchise record Sunday at All Pro Freight Stadium as the team won their 11th straight game with a series sweep of the Frontier Greys.
Being the first team to the 50 win mark, the Crushers got a pair of big RBI hits in the eighth inning from Craig Hertler and Kevin Berard to give Lake Erie a 6-4 win and improve the team to 50-31 this year.
Matt Rein gave a solid performance to his teammates to continue the torrid streak by going 6.0 innings and allowing four runs, three of them earned, on eight hits. Rein left the game with a no decision as manager Jeff Isom sent the youthful Brandon Smith to work to keep the team within striking distance.
Smith worked diligently as he earned his second career win with the team in two innings of work and allowing just two hits.
While the pitching kept the game close, the Crushers did tremendous work to string together hits for the win. Five different Crushers had RBI hits in the game while Emmanuel Quiles, Juan Sanchez and Craig Hertler all had three hit ball games.
Every time the Crushers fell behind, there was always someone on hand to get the team back into a winning position. After falling behind 1-0 in the first, Lake Erie scored a pair of runs in the home half of the inning to take back the lead.
In the third, Rein struggled by letting in three runs, two of which compliments of a Mark Micowski two-run home run. An inning later, the Crushers came back to tie the game at 4-4.
Then in the eighth, the Crushers looked like the magic might have ran out on them after the first two batters of the inning went down easily. Quiles and Sanchez extended the inning with some good two out hitting for Hertler to knock in Quiles on an RBI double.
Berard chipped in Sanchez with a single and the inning ended with Hertler being thrown out at the plate.
Closer Dale Dickerson came on for the save in the ninth and things looked pretty rocky at first as the first batter he faced was a walk. Dickerson locked in with Quiles behind the plate to deny the Greys a comeback and give the Crushers their third straight series sweep.