Three in a Row
Four run third pushes Crushers past Thunderbolts
AVON, Ohio -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, used a come from behind effort to erase a 2-0 deficit on Tuesday night at All Pro Freight Stadium and scored a 5-3 victory over the Windy City Thunderbolts.
For the Crushers (36-43) the win was their third in a row, and their fourth in their last five games, while the loss for the Thunderbolts (36-42) was their third in a row, and dropped their record to 4-8 in August.
Lake Erie used a four-run third inning, and a strong start from Josh Heddinger (3-4) in his Lake Erie Crushers debut to score the victory.
Windy City capitalized on a pair of walks and a throwing error to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After walks were issued to Coco Johnson and Cody Keefer, the T-Bolts executed a double steal with two outs. Crushers catcher Bryan De La Rosa's errant throw down to second ended up in center field, allowing Johnson to score.
The Thunderbolts added another run in the top of third. Corey Bass extended the inning on a two-out double down the line in left, and he scored moments later on Keefer's single.
Lake Erie went to work and scored four times on four hits to take the lead in the bottom of the third. De La Rosa started the inning with a double down the left field line, and Max Casper laid a sacrifice bunt down to move him to third. Rob Paller then walked, and Brendan Costantino brought De La Rosa home on a RBI single to right. On the very next pitch, Connor Oliver gave the Crushers the lead, as he smashed his 13th homer of the season, with a three-run homer to right.
Windy City added another run in the top of the fourth inning to narrow the deficit to one (4-3). Ransom LaLonde reached on a single, advanced to third moments later on Eric Grabe's fielding error at short, then scored as Blair Beck bounced into a 6-4-3 double play.
The Crushers were able to add another one in the bottom of the fifth inning, on Jose Barraza's third hit of the game. Oliver walked with one out, and stole second base, before coming around to score on Barraza's RBI single to right field.
Heddinger scored the victory for the Crushers, tossing seven strong innings, allowing just three runs, only one earned on six hits with a pair of strikeouts. Chandler Jagodzinski (9) scored the save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning, while Tyler Murphy (2-5) took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits over five innings.
Barraza paced the Crushers offensively with his three hit performance, going 3-for-3 with a double and a pair of singles. Costantino went 2-for-4 on the night with a RBI and De La Rosa went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
The Crushers will continue their three game series with the Windy City Thunderbolts at All Pro Freight Stadium on Wednesday night. Right-hander Juan Caballero (1-1, 4.22) will start for the Crushers and the Thunderbolts will go with right-hander Jayson Yano (0-0, 0.00). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.