Sunday, September 02, 2012
Moldenhauer Blasts Crushers to Victory
Moldenhauer’s (1-4, HR (9), 3 RBI) three run bomb to right in the top of the
third inning helped the Lake Erie Crushers (53-41) stay alive in the Frontier
League playoff race and Trevor Longfellow’s four inning relief appearance
ensured they would live to fight for one more game as they beat the Southern
Illinois Miners (54-38) 6-2.
The seven-inning game, which was a resumed game from last night where both
teams scored a run before a tornado warning sent both teams home for the night,
was the second of four do-or-die games for the Crushers and the second straight
win for the ballclub.
When play resumed earlier today (of course, not until another rain delay)
Trevor Longfellow (11-2, W) took the mound in relief of Pat Arnold (ND) and
retired the Miners in order in the bottom of the second inning.
After sitting for so many hours, the Crushers could not wait to swing the
sticks and wasted little time putting more runs on the scoreboard. Jason
Taylor (3-4, 2B, 2 R) led-off the top of the third with a single to left before
Daniel Bowman (1-3, RBI, 3B) grounded out and Andrew Davis (0-1, 3 BB) worked
the second of his three walks on the night to put runners on first and second.
That brought up the winner of the Frontier League Home Run Derby Russ
Moldenhauer. “Moldy” took a 2-2 fastball from Cody Hall (who even though he had
thrown 40 pitches the previous night was brought back out to pitch again
tonight) and hit a moon shot to right and when it finally came back into orbit
some 430 from home plate gave the Crushers a 4-1 lead.
Longfellow allowed the only run of his outing in the bottom of the third inning
when he allowed back to back singles to Cannon Lester (2-2, 2B) and Sean
Coughlin (2-2) and then threw a wild pitch with two outs and Lester on third to
force home the run.
The Crushers got the run back however when Robby Kuzdale (1-3, HR (6), BB), who
is battling a lower back issue, hit a home run off of Brian Fowler to give the
Crushers a 5-2 lead.
The bats were not done though as the Crushers produced some two out lightning
in the top of the sixth when Jason Taylor hit a double down the left line to
put a runner on second with two outs. Bowman then came up, and the rookie
who has shown a flair for the dramatic and an ability to come through with a
clutch hit, took the first pitch he saw from Fowler and smoked a triple into
the right center field gap to cap the scoring.
Trevor Longfellow picked up his team leading eleventh win of the season while
going four innings only allowing one run on four hits and striking out five
without walking a single batter.
Cody Hall (L, 9-1) picked up his first loss of the season and it is the first
time this season the Miners have lost a game in which Hall has appeared.
Adding to some of the more unusual statistics was Pat Arnold as he has now
started ten games for the Crushers and has picked up a No Decision in every
single one of the starts.
The Crushers will play the second game of the double header starting at 7:05
Central (8:05 Eastern). The probable starters for the game are Eric
Gonzalez-Diaz (7-9, 4.46) for the Crushers and Shawn Gilblair (10-5, 3.88) for
the Miners. You can tune into the game on www.lakeeriecrushers.com for
all the action.
by Jake Donnelly