Crushers fall to Traverse City, 7-3
Traverse City picked up a 7-3 victory Friday night in the opening game of a weekend series with Lake Erie.
The Crushers fell behind early on and struggled to climb the hill back on top. Starter Alex Kaminsky earned the loss after giving up four runs on five hits and four walks in four innings of work.
Characteristic to Crushers losses this season, the bullpen came in a bled runs for the next four innings until the Beach Bums accumulated seven runs by the sixth inning. Relievers Ben Klafczyski and Doug Shields were, however, able to come in and work scoreless innings of work each on no hits.
Uncharacteristic of Lake Erie this season, the Crushers were out-hit 7-3 with all three of the Crushers' runs coming on sacrifice flies or putouts. Collecting RBIs Friday night was Davis, Seth Granger and Daniel Bowman, all of whom had no hits in the game.
At the plate, the Crushers were owned by the Traverse City pitching, that totaled 10 strikeouts. Everyone in the Lake Erie lineup struck out at least once except for Anderson Hidalgo, while Kevin Berard and Andrew Davis both struck out twice.
Davis has been the streakiest Crusher of late with batting average slipping from over .330 a week ago to now under .300. The success Davis has been finding is with the long ball while struggling in other situations.
Of Davis' last six hits in the last two series have been for home runs while his production has increased in key situations.
The Crushers will take on Traverse City for game two Saturday at 7:05 first pitch.