Crushers battle raindrops, lose 6-4
After several days of severe storms, Lake Erie and the Frontier Greys were finally able to finish Tuesday's game, losing 6-4, but game number two of the doubled header was another rainout.
In front of one of the largest crowds seen at All Pro Freight Stadium this season at 3,140, rain put everyone on hold againWednesday.
Scheduled to be a seven inning game, with two outs in the home half of the fifth and Anderson Hidalgo at the plate, one out away from being official, the home plate umpire called the delay because he could not even see the ball.
By the skin on his teeth manager Jeff Isom got the delay he needed with the Crushers trailing 2-1 in the fifth.
"We were fortunate that the rain came," Isom said. "I saw the storm coming over the side there and thought 'boy, how can we extend this game a little bit and play into our favor?'"
"If they would have got one more out, somehow, some way, it would have been on their side if we wouldn't of scored."
Isom got the luck he needed after making a couple of offensive changes while a pitch black cloud loomed over the south side of the stadium, just above home plate. Fans exited the stadium as the inevitable storm rolled in as Frontier made a pitching change to extend the game even further.
After about forty minutes of hard rain with more to come on the radar and lightening above, the game was put of for a second day in a row. The seven inning game will be picked back up at 6:05 Thursday with another seven inning game following a half hour later.
But in game one of the night, the Crushers picked back up in the bottom of the second trailing 3-0. Yesterday's starter Matt Smith was removed in favor of reliever Ben Klafczyski.
In the home half of the second, Lake Erie tied the game on a collective effort by Emmanuel Quilles, Seth Granger and Gauntlett Eldemire, all contributing with RBI hits in the second.
Almost all of the Crushers' success at the dish came off the Greys' Joe Zeller, a knuckleballer.
"First inning we got on [Zeller] and we had some good at-bats and he wasn't sharp to start off with and we took advantage of that," Isom said. "As the game went on he settled in and started getting that knuckleball over for strikes and kept us on our toes a little bit. When you get a knuckleball guy like that, you've just got to cut your swing back and try to put the ball in play."
The Greys, who do no play a home game all season because they are a league sponsored team and previously were the London, Canada, Rippers, answered right back with a 3-run home run in the third that really effected the Crushers.
"We tied the ball game up, which was impressive after the way the game started and we came out ready to play in this game," Isom said. "We gave up that 3-run home run and it was like 'uh, all that work that we did to get back in the game...' it was a deflating feeling."
The double header will pick back up at 6:05 Thursday.