All Hands On Deck

All Hands On Deck

The Crushers use nine pitchers and score all of their runs after the sixth inning in the win

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MARION, Ill. --  The Lake Erie Crushers took down the Southern Illinois Miners, 5-2, on Friday night in a game that included 13 combined pitchers and all seven runs being scored after the sixth inning.


For Lake Erie (12-5), the Crushers have now won four straight games and are now 10-1 when they score first. The Miners (9-9) now have a 4-6 record over their last 10 games.


The Crushers were finally able to break the scoreless tie in the seventh inning. Daniel Aldrich walked and Bryan De La Rosa singled, moving Aldrich to second. Brendan Costantino walked which loaded the bases with no outs. Juan Avila, who pitch-hit for Parks Jordan, hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Aldrich, but that was all Lake Erie could get.


The Men of Crush added on in the eighth inning when Connor Oliver hit a stand-up triple to right-center field. With one out, Jose Barraza was intentionally walked before William Beckwith hit an RBI single to center, putting the Crushers up 2-0.


The Miners cut the lead in half in the bottom of the eighth inning. Nolan Earley hit a lead-off single. Earley would move to second on a passed ball, to third on a fielder's choice, and came home on a wild pitch.


The Crushers broke the game open in the top of the ninth inning. Costantino led off with a single. Juan Avila then hit a double down the left field line. With runners on second and third, Max Casper was hit by a pitch to load the bases and then Oliver walked, allowing a run to score. Barraza hit a two-RBI single to right field which put the Crushers up 5-2.


The Miners would add one more in the bottom of the ninth. The first two hitters of the inning walked. A fielder's choice off the bat of Francisco Rosario put runners on first and third with one out. The only run of the inning would come from an Earley sacrifice fly to center, and the Miners would strand bases loaded to end the game.


Crusher starter Steven Hagen went 4.2 innings, allowing two hits with no runs and he struck out seven. Hagen did not allow a hit until the fourth inning. Juan Caballero came in to replace Hagen but was hit by line drive by Rosario, the only batter he faced. Chandler Jagodzinski (1-1) picked up the win as he got the final out in the fifth and only allowed one hit in the sixth inning. Devin Malone (1) picked up the save as he replaced Trevor Longfellow in the ninth and shut the door.


Jarett Miller (0-2) started for Southern Illinois but picked up the loss. He went six innings, before leaving with an injury, allowing one run on five hits. The Miners bullpen allowed four runs.


The Crushers continue the series on Saturday at Rent One Park as they battle the Southern Illinois Miners. The Crushers starting pitcher will be righty Colin Feldtman (0-1, 10.22), while the Miners are going to send left-hander Dan Ludwig (1-0, 2.70) to the mound. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.