Crushers inch closer to first place with 10-4 win
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.
Bashing the Slammers for three runs in the third and fourth, the Crushers strung together hits to get the job done and give starter Alex Kaminsky little to worry about en route to his sixth win of the season.
Three Crushers on the night finished with multi-RBI games in the 10 hit performance by the team. Seth Granger, who continues his torrid pace, Daniel Bowman and Russell Moldenhauer all had two RBIs in the game and were crucial for the Crushers victory.
Moldenhauer got the Crushers on the board in the top of first to get things started off right with a single that scored Bowman from second off the Slammers' Chuck Lofgren. Two innings later, Moldenhauer would again knock Bowman in on a single that gave the Crushers a 4-0 lead.
Bowman struck for his big hit an inning later in the top of the fourth with a triple that scored Granger and Craig Hertler.
Maintaining a 7-0 lead for a couple of innings, things did get dicey for the Crushers after relieving Kaminsky after 5.0 innings of shutout baseball on four hits.
Michael Jahns came in and struggled mightily in his .1 inning of work by allowing three runs to cross home, all earned after walking the bases loaded. Connor Whalen also came on for .1 inning of work, but he could not last as the Slammers bit him for a run.
Leading 7-4 in the seventh, Seth Granger gave the Crushers some much needed insurance in the top half of the inning. Slapping a single into a gap, Granger knocked home catcher David Roney and Max Casper to give the Crushers enough of a lead to close the game out.
The Crusher will play Joliet one more time Monday for a sweep at 7:05.