Crushers put forth disappointing effort in 8-0 loss
Lake Erie put forth a disappointing effort Sunday in Traverse City, falling to the Beach Bums 8-0 on just two hits to be swept in the weekend series.
After winning seven of their last nine games, the Crushers came in on an odd schedule after each game of last week's series against the Frontier Greys was rained out and pushed further into the night. Coming out flat in key situations this weekend, the Crushers were outscored 18-5 with the majority of the runs coming on Sunday.
Starter Matt Smith struggled right out of the gates giving up three runs in the first and eventually five runs in just 1.1 innings of work. Michael Jahns relieved Smith, but struggled to make anything happen but letting in a run on no hits and two walks.
Brad Duffy and Jordan Wellander worked the majority of the game combining for 4.1 innings of work with no runs allowed.
Closer Dale Dickerson, who hadn't seen action in a few days, was on for the eight, but he gave up two runs on three hits.
At the plate, the Crushers were almost nonexistent as Kevin Berard's single in the third and Anderson Hidalgo's single in the ninth were the only two batters to blemish Scott Dunn.
Dunn pitched a complete game for the Beach Bums on just two hits, a hit batter and two strike outs. He faced just 29 batters or two over the minimum.
Through 38 games this season, the Crushers are 17-21 and 7.5 games behind the east leading Beach Bums. On Tuesday, Lake Erie will start a crucial 6-game home stand against two west teams; Windy City and Rockford with both teams in the bottom part of the west.