Crushers fall 12-5 after long delay due to rain
After a rain delay held Lake Erie off the field for several hours, the Crushers came out flat against Traverse City in a 12-5 losing effort Tuesday night.
It has been a nightmare situation for Lake Erie on the mound as the trend continued up in Michigan. Starter Trevor Longfellow didn't even get out of the first inning after he gave up six runs, including a three run home run with two outs.
Reliever Spencer Clifft came on and got the final out of the first, but struggled with his pitches and the defense behind him. The Beach Bums' Chase Burch knocked in a bases clearing triple, then on an by second baseman Max Casper, Burch came in to score with a virtual home run.
Able to put up some runs on the board, the Crushers got help from outfielder Daniel Bowman and short stop Juan Sanchez who both had RBI sacrifice flies..
But sac flys wouldn't catch the Crushers up with Traverse City as they were easily able to run away with this one before it started. Big bat Russell Moldenhauer tried to lift the team late in the game with a two run home run that scored Gauntlett Eldemire in the seventh, but it was to no avail.
Lake Erie found some hope in Spencer Clifft, who, in four innings of relief gave up two earned.
Tuesday's loss is the Crushers' third in a row, right after the team had worked up a three game winning streak.
During the losing streak, the Crushers have let in a total of 25 runs, while scoring just 11. This starkly contrasts what the team did just a few days earlier by outscoring their opponents 26-to-16.
With even veteran ace Trevor Longfellow succumbing to another bad start, Lake Erie's pitching woes are becoming a problem. In the team's last two games, the starters haven't even seen the third inning.
Lake Erie will take on the Beach Bums tonight at 7:05.