Crushers bash three homers in 5-1 win
Powered by their pink jerseys on Suzan G. Koeman Foundation night, the Lake Erie Crushers bashed three home runs to power a 5-1 victory over the Frontier Greys Friday night in Avon.
With a win Friday and a loss by Traverse City, the Crushers took over soul possession of first place for the very first time this season in the team's ninth straight victory.
Crushers' veterans Andrew Davis, Russell Moldenhauer and Anderson Hidalgo put forth a mighty effort in the win. Moldenhauer got the Crushers on the board early on with a solo bomb to himself.
Davis and Hidalgo set off their fireworks in the eighth inning to extend the Lake Erie lead to 5-1.
Starter Alex Kaminsky gave the Crushers a solid outing going 7.1 innings and giving up one run via the home run.
“They are playing good baseball,” manager Jeff Isom said. “They’re fundamentally sound. They make the plays in the field. We’re getting good pitching and the bats are coming alive. It makes for a good combination of things. They’re coming out with confidence and they expect to win once they take the field.
“It’s a nice little run we are on. We just want to sustain it.”
Defensively, the Crushers were in tune with backup catcher David Roney leading the way. Roney threw a pair of would be base stealers out and called a solid game from behind the plate for Kaminsky.
“(Roney) did a nice job,” Isom said. “He’s been our back-up catcher all year. You look at his batting average and you think wow this guy is in the lineup. What he brings day in and day out with the early work he does with the pitchers. He’s always available and brings a lot to the table.”
Isom did some fact finding of his own on Roney and since June 8th, the Crushers are 17-6 when he is in the line-up.
After the big win, the Crushers did a like auction of Davis' pink breast cancer jersey with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Davis' jersey fetched over $500 for the cause and the rest of the team's uniforms were auctioned off as well.
In honor of the event, the Crushers are giving back to the community with a car wash at the stadium from 11-2 with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Koeman Foundation.
Lake Erie and the Greys will meet again Saturday night at 7:05.