Crushers drop rain shortened contest

Crushers Drop Rain Shortened Contest
Lake Erie falls to Joliet in a five inning contest
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AVON, Ohio -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy Health, fell to the Joliet Slammers, 3-1 at Sprenger Healthcare Stadium in a five inning rain shortened contest on Saturday night.

The loss for the Crushers (11-9) was their third in their last four games, while the win for the Slammers (6-14) was just their second in their last 12 games.

Just as they had done on Friday night, the Lake Erie Crushers fired the first shot in the bottom of the first inning. James Davison started the inning with an infield single. He stole second, reached third on a wild pitch and scored on Dale Burdick's RBI double down the line in left.

Joliet answered in the top of the third. Jose Camacho started the inning with a single to left and made his way to third moments later on Tyler Coolbaugh's base hit to right. London Lindley then drove Camacho home on a sacrifice fly-out to left.

Lindley would come back to haunt the Crushers two more times. In the bottom of the fourth, the Crushers had the go-ahead run at second with two outs when Davison hit a fly ball deep to straight away center field that appeared as though it was destined for extra bases. However, Lindley made a terrific diving catch on the warning track to end the inning.

In the top of the fifth, the Slammers would score twice to snap the 1-1 tie. Camacho reached on a one out walk before stealing second, and he came around to score on Lindley's two out RBI single to center. Chaz Meadows followed Lindley with another two out RBI base hit to give the Slammers a 3-1 lead.

Scot Hoffman (3-0) scored the victory for Joliet, tossing all five innings and allowed a run on three hits and walked three while fanning two. Greyfer Eregua (0-2) took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits and struck out three over five innings of work.

The start of the game was delayed by an hour and 12 minutes. It was raining through most of the contest, but it really picked up in the bottom of the fourth inning and never stopped through the rest of the night. The game was delayed at 8:40 PM, and the delay lasted 30 minutes before the game was finally called.

The Crushers will finish their three game series with the Joliet Slammers at Sprenger Healthcare Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Matt Quintana (0-0, 1.90) will make the start for the Slammers, and the Crusher starter has not been announced. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:05 PM.