Roth Wins 100th Game as Crushers Split Doubleheader
Lake Erie wins game one but falls short in night cap
TRAVERSE CITY, MI. -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, opened their series against the Beach Bums with a highly contested 2-0 victory before dropping a tough 4-3 decision in game two.
Justin Sinibaldi made his first start of the season in game one. He went four innings while striking out four and allowing just two hits. He ended his outing by retiring the last eight men he faced.
Traverse City had their ace in Jordan Desguin (5-1) on the mound. He was dealing through the first five innings and had yet to allow a hit. Bryan DeLaRosa led off the sixth with a double but was thrown out after Cameron Newell reached on a fielder's choice.
Aaron Hill followed with a single after Newell stole second and the Crushers had men on the corners. A wild pitch from Desguin allowed Newell to score the first run. The insurance came from Kewby Meyer who singled home Hill, making it 2-0.
In the seventh, the Crushers went to Branden Nunn who worked around a couple of base runners to pick up his second save of the season.
With the win, manager Cam Roth reached 100 career wins as manager of the Crushers. Tomorrow marks the two year anniversary since Roth took over in Lake Erie.
Game two was trending the way of the Crushers until the sixth inning. The Crushers took an early 1-0 lead against Reinaldo Lopez (3-3) after an RBI single from Doug Trimble.
Lopez allowed a couple of runs in the sixth as well. A two-run double by Trimble made it 3-0 Lake Erie. Trimble was 3-3 in game two.
Lake Erie starter Mason Klotz went 5.1 innings while allowing one run on five hits. The one run came in the sixth inning after reliever Luke Watts (0-1) had taken over. With two men on, McGowan delivered a two-run triple over the head of right-fielder Tyler Cowles. That tied the game before Luke Lowery delivered the go-ahead single.
Matt Williams finished it off with his fourth save of the season and Traverse City (18-22) earned the win. Lake Erie (24-17) will send Donny Murray (3-4) to the bump tomorrow while Traverse City goes with John Havird (2-3). Game time is set for 7:05 PM.
The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, and 2011 Frontier League Organization of the year, play ball at Sprenger Health Care Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, Ohio. The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.