Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Crushers get 10 hits but only scratch across two runs and drop their third straight game

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JOLIET, Ill. --  The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, fell to the Joliet Slammers, 5-2, on a night that the Crushers grounded into three double plays throughout the game and the Slammers added two late runs to pull away.


The loss for the Crushers (12-8) is their third straight and marks only the third time all season that they have lost after scoring first. For the Slammers (12-11), it is their fourth win in a row and their third straight game winning by three or more runs.


The Crushers struck first as Connor Oliver hit his second home run of the season over the fence in right field. Lake Erie had a chance to do more damage after the home run. Parker Norris and Jose Barraza hit back-to-back singles before William Beckwith flew out to center, allowing Norris to move to third. Juan Avila then grounded into a double-play to the shortstop, Alfredo Rodriguez.


Joliet responded quickly and tied the game as Charlie White singled to begin the bottom of the first. White stole second and then moved to third on a balk by Crushers starting pitcher Jordan Kraus. Alfredo Rodriguez walked and then Boo Vazquez hit a sacrifice fly to right field. Carter Bell then grounded into a double play to end the inning.


In the bottom of the third inning, the Slammers added on with a pair of runs. Phil Bates and White both singled. Alfredo Rodriguez was walked by Kraus to load the bases. Everyone moved up a base as Vazquez hit another sacrifice fly, this time to left field, allowing Bates to score. White would score on a sacrifice fly to right off of the bat of Carter Bell. The Slammers led, 3-1.


Lake Erie would make it a one run game in the fifth inning. Parks Jordan hit an infield single, Max Casper also singled and Oliver walked to load the bases with no outs. Norris then hit a single up the middle to score Jordan, but that was all the Crushers would get. Barraza struck out and Beckwith grounded into a double play to end the inning. Joliet led, 3-2 after five innings.


In the eighth inning, the Slammers would pull away.  Crushers reliever Ryan Richardson allowed Carter Bell to hit a leadoff single. Marc Flores then hit a two-run homer to right field off of Trevor Longfellow, who came into the game for Richardson. The Slammers led, 5-2 in the ninth inning.

In the ninth inning, Carlos Avila reached on a bunt base hit down the third base line. Brendan Costantino grounded into a double play to second base and Parks Jordan flew out to left field.


Kraus (1-1) went six innings for the Crushers, but picked up the loss. He allowed four hits, three runs and struck out one. Chandler Jagodzinski, Richardson and Longfellow came out of the bullpen, allowing two combined runs, and four combined hits.


Liam O'Sullivan (2-0), the starter for the Slammers, went eight innings, giving up nine hits, but only two runs. He also struck out nine hitters. Kevin McNorton (4) got the save as he pitched the ninth inning, giving up a hit.


The Crushers will continue this series with the Joliet Slammers on Wednesday at Silver Cross Field. The Crushers starting pitcher will be left-hander Todd Kibby (2-1, 3.17). The Slammers will send righty Kaleb Ort (1-1, 8.40) to the mound. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:05 PM.