August 13, 2013 (0 comments)
Freedom rang in Florence for the Crushers to start the week, as they took two of three games to start the road trip. Then, they proceeded to slam Joliet, sweeping the slammers and outscoring them 29-12 in the series. They’ve now upped their record to 43-31 on the season and are in the thick of the playoff race. The IBI's Kyle Ferrara recaps the week that was for the Crushers...
August 12, 2013 (0 comments)
After an explosive 10-4 victory over the Slammers in Joliet, the Lake Erie Crushers have won their fifth straight series in a row and are now just a game and a half out of first place in the east.
August 11, 2013 (0 comments)
It took an extra inning, but Lake Erie got a tremendous effort by outfielder Craig Hertler to get a win against the Joliet Slammers 4-3 on Saturday night.
August 10, 2013 (0 comments)
Dave Middendorf is so big that he has to sleep on the floor of the bus if he wants to rest comfortably. Well, he doesn’t have to anymore, but it worked so well for him when he was a rookie in affiliated ball that he’s just stuck with it. The IBI's Kyle Ferrara recently caught up with the Crushers' starting pitcher to see how his season is going.
August 9, 2013 (0 comments)
The Crushers ordered the Matt Rein special on Thursday night. At least, that's what it would be called if it were a menu item, and the Crushers could theoretically order results of games as if they were menu options. Rein pitched seven innings and earned the win as the Crushers (40-31) took the rubber match by beating the Freedom (39-32) 5-1.
August 8, 2013 (0 comments)
Using the buddy system to score runs, the Crushers (39-31) scored twice in four different innings in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader. That amounted to an 8-2 blowout of the Freedom (39-32), who entered play just a half game behind the Crushers for third place in the East. The two teams went on to split the two games.
August 7, 2013 (0 comments)
It may have been a short week, but it was a successful one for the Crushers. Because of a rain out of their game against the WildThings on Friday night, the Crushers only played five games in seven days. They were a perfect 5-0. The Crushers have been carried by their sound pitching and defense so far in the second half, and that’s the way this team was built to succeed. The IBI's Kyle Ferrara shares the details of the week that was in his latest notebook...
August 6, 2013 (0 comments)
For just the third time this season, Lake Erie swept an opponent, but none bigger than a sweep of first place Traverse City completed Monday night in Avon. Coming out on top for a 4-3 win over the Beach Bums, the Crushers have turned the entire East division around in just one week.
August 5, 2013 (0 comments)
Traverse City pulled within a run in the top of the ninth, but Lake Erie's Jordan Wellander was able to batten down the hatches to get the Crushers a huge 5-4 over the first place Beach Bums.
August 3, 2013 (0 comments)
Lake Erie got a dominating performance by starter Matt Rein on Saturday and the offense followed in step for a 7-3 victory over first place Traverse City.
August 1, 2013 (0 comments)
The way the wind was blowing out of All Pro Freight Stadium before the game, the expectation was that a lot of balls would be sailing off the bat. Instead, they were sailing out of the hand of WildThings third baseman Chris Costantino. The two-base error brought home the first run of a circus-like third inning. The Crushers (35-30) added two more runs and went on to shutout the WildThings (30-35) 5-0.
August 1, 2013 (0 comments)
During the seventh inning, the fire alarm at All Pro Freight Stadium blared through the building. It was a little bit late, but undoubtedly it was triggered by the Crushers' offensive fire power in their 8-3, series-opening win against the WildThings (30-34). Despite falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first, the Crushers (34-30) lit up the scoreboard with seven runs in the first five innings.
July 31, 2013 (0 comments)
Coming out of the all-star break, the Crushers are now 7-5, and they continue to push their way up the East Division standings. They are now just two games behind Southern Illinois for third place, and five games back of the division lead. The IBI's Kyle Ferrara catches us up on the week that was for the Crushers....
July 30, 2013 (0 comments)
Lake Erie treaded water Monday in Evansville by winning game one of a double header and dropping game two. In game one, the Crushers got a strong performance out of starter Matt Smith. Smith has been having an up and down season so far this year, but Monday on the road he was almost untouchable.
July 29, 2013 (0 comments)
Extra innings has been a common theme for the Lake Erie Crushers and Sunday night in Evansville was another late game as the Crushers came out on top 9-8 in 14 innings.
July 28, 2013 (0 comments)
Lake Erie dropped another close ball game on Saturday falling to River City 3-2 in a game where the Crushers couldn't catch a break.
July 27, 2013 (0 comments)
Lake Erie's offense was shut down Friday night in Avon as the Crushers (31-28) fell to River City 3-1 in another rightly contested match. As things heat up for the second half of the year, the Crushers, who sit in fourth place in the east, fell behind a full two games behind Southern Illinois despite getting a solid outing from Alex Kaminsky on the mound.
July 25, 2013 (0 comments)
Dave Middendorf deserved a shiny trophy for his performance on the mound Thursday night, but all he got was a pie in the face. Middendorf (8-5, 2.77) pitched a complete game, five-hit shutout as the Crushers defeated the River City Rascals 1-0 for their third-straight win.
July 25, 2013 (0 comments)
For some reason, even after Tuesday's 17-inning marathon, the Miners hadn't had enough of their stay at All Pro Freight Stadium. Seth Granger, meanwhile, was tired of hosting them. He sent them packing with a walk-off, RBI single to left-center field. The walk-off gave the Crushers a 3-2 victory, pulling them to within a game of third place in the East, behind the very Miners team they just took two of three from.
July 24, 2013 (0 comments)
39 combined runners were left on base. That’s the key number from Tuesday night turned Wednesday morning’s game between the Crushers and Miners. Both teams blew numerous chances to score, before the Crushers finally took advantage in the bottom of the 17th inning to win 5-4.