AVON, Ohio -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy Health, beat the Washington Wild Things at Consol Energy Park on Sunday night, by a score of 9-2 to win sweep the Washington Wild Things in the three-game series.
The win for the Crushers (7-2) is their fourth consecutive win in a row and marks their first series sweep of the Summer. The Wild Things (2-8) lose their fourth consecutive game in a row.
Dylan Mouzakes (1-0) won his first game of the season after throwing 7.0 innings where he gave up two earned runs off of six hits. Mouzakes has given up four earned runs over 12.1 innings of work to give him a 2.91 ERA over his first two starts of the season. Jake Repavich pitch a scoreless eighth inning and gave up one walk in relief of Mouzakes. Ivan Vieitez came in for relief of Repavich and pitched a scoreless ninth to help the Crushers sweep the Wild Things. Carter Johnson (0-2) earns the loss after giving up six earned runs off of eight hits.
The offense for Lake Erie was scorching hot as they scored nine runs off of 11 hits. Eight of the nine batters for the Crushers reached safely in the contest. The Crushers put up the first runs of the game in the top of the third inning. Bryan De La Rosa started off the inning with a lead-off double and would later come around to score the first run of the game off of Aaron Hill's RBI sacrifice fly. Jake Vieth continued his dominance of Washington as he hit a two-out three-run homerun to give the Crushers a 4-0 lead. The homerun was his first of the season and he finished the day going 2-3 with one run scored and four RBI. One batter later, Zach Racusin went yard on the first pitch he saw for his first homerun of the Summer and made the score 5-0. Washington answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth inning. Saige Jenco started off the frame with a double. Jenco would come around to score the first run of the game for Washington off of J.J. Fernandez's sacrifice fly. However, the scoring continued for the Crushers in the top of the fifth. Emmanuel Marrero lead off the inning with a single. Steven Kraft then delivered an RBI single to score Marrero and make the score 6-1. The Wild Things scratched across their second run of the game in the bottom of the fifth when Brett Marr scored off of Jenco's RBI double to make the score 6-2. Lake Erie would go on to score two more runs in the top of the seventh and another in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach for Washington.
The Lake Erie Crushers starting pitching has been a bright spot to start the season. Manager Cam Roth's rotation of Alex Romero, Pat Ledet, Greyfer Eregua, Dylan Mouzakes, and Jared Koenig have led the Crushers to a league's best combined ERA of 2.36. Over the nine game starts from this rotation, they have combined to throw 50.1 innings, have gave up only nine earned runs off of 32 hits, and have struck out 45 batters. The Crushers bullpen also leads the Frontier League in saves with four.
Pitching is not the only thing to highlight through the first nine games of the season for Lake Erie. Emmanuel Marerro has been tearing the covers' off of baseballs to start the Summer. Over the first nine games Marrero has 15 hits in 37 at-bats to give him a .405 batting average with two homeruns, 10 RBI, and only one strikeout. Marrero is now 2nd in the Frontier league in batting average, RBIs, and runs scored. He is one of two players in the entire league hitting above the .400 mark.
The Crushers have Monday off but will start a three-game series with the Schaumberg Boomers at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium in Schaumberg, IL on Tuesday afternoon. Right-hander Greyfer Eregua will take the mound for the Crushers. The Boomers will counter with left-hander Connor Reed. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM CST.
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 10 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.