Late Comeback Not Enough

Late Comeback Not Enough

The Crushers score two in the eighth inning, but fall by one run

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WASHINGTON, Pa.  --  The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, lose to the Washington Wild Things on Wednesday night, 4-3, as a late rally was not enough for the Crushers to comeback on the Wild Things who had built up a three run lead at CONSOL Energy Park.


The loss for the Crushers (32-42) puts them 10 games under .500 for the first time this season. They are now 12-11 in one run games. For Washington (35-37), they improve to 19-18 when playing at home. They lead the season series with the Crushers with a record of 7-1.


Washington got on the board first in the bottom of the third inning. Andrew Heck reached on a one-out double, and then scored on a two-out, RBI base hit by Ricky Rodriguez. David Popkins then hit a two-run home run to put the Wild Things up, 3-0.


Lake Erie responded with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Eric Grabe walked and moved to second on a bunt base hit by Richard Seigel. Brendan Costantino laid down a sacrifice bunt to first base, moving both runners over. Grabe would score the first run for the Crushers on a wild pitch and Seigel moved to third base. Max Casper flew out to right field and Seigel was also out at home trying to tag up and score to end the inning.


The Wild Things added, what would prove to be, a major insurance run in the sixth inning. Logan Uxa walked to start the bottom half of the inning. He moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Jamodrick McGruder then went to third base on a ground out to second by Austin Wobrock. Heck would hit an RBI single with two outs to score Uxa and put the Wild Things up, 4-1.


A late rally fell just short for the Crushers in the top of the eighth inning. Jose Barraza singled with one out and then Eric Grabe hit his third home run of the year to left field, making it a 4-3 game.


Mike Devine (7-6) picked up the loss as he went six innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, and struck out four hitters. Keegan Ghidotti and Josh Laxer both worked a scoreless inning of relief.


Matt Snyder (1-0) was given the win in his first start for the Wild Things. He went 5.1 innings and allowed only one run on five hits. Kolin Stanley went 1.2 innings, striking out three. Brian O'Keefe gave up the two run homer to Grabe and also allowed two hits in .2 innings of work. Andrew Woeck (3) closed the door and picked up the save as he went 1.1 innings tonight, striking out two Crushers.


Tonight's game was delayed 29 minutes due to rain and storms in the area. Crushers' second baseman, Casper went 1-3 extending his hit streak to three games. For the Wild Things, Wobrock singled and now has a seven game hit streak.


The Crushers and Wild Things will complete this series on Thursday. Lake Erie will send right-hander Juan Caballero (0-1, 4.37) to the mound. The Wild Things' starting pitcher will be right-hander Matt Fraudin (5-5, 2.59). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.