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Crushers shut out in season finale, playoffs loom

September 6, 2013
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AVON, Ohio.  -- The Lake Erie Crushers were held to just a pair of hits in the 2013 regular season finale on Thursday night, as they were defeated by the Traverse City Beach Bums, 2-0, at All Pro Freight Stadium.

The loss for the Crushers (56-40) snapped a five game winning streak, while the victory for the Beach Bums (55-41) snapped an 11-game slide on the road.

The contest had no bearing on the playoff picture, and did not affect the standings at all.

The two teams battled to a scoreless tie, until the Beach Bums plated single runs in the eighth and ninth. Sean Gusrang snapped the scoreless tie, with a solo homer at the beginning of the eighth inning.

Jose Vargas started the top of the ninth inning, before making his way to third base on a pair of wild pitches.  Dale Dickerson then fanned Jeremy Banks, before Andrew Heck belted a run scoring single.

Lake Erie came up with just a couple of hits.  Andrew Davis stroked a one out base hit in the fifth inning to end a string of 13 straight batters retired by Ben Rawding (2-0).  The only other hit for the Crushers came from Juan Sanchez on a double in the bottom of the ninth.

The contest also capped an incredible second half run for the Crushers.  Lake Erie went 30-15 after the All Star Break, and they finished the regular season with a record of 37-17 at All Pro Freight Stadium.

Rawding went the distance for the Beach Bums, tossing a two-hit shutout and fanned nine in the process.   Matt Smith (5-6) took the loss for the Crushers, allowing just a run on a hit over one inning of relief.  Jason Wilson started the game for the Crushers, and tossed seven scoreless innings.

The Crushers are off on Friday, but will begin a best of five series in the first round of the Frontier League Playoffs against the Traverse City Beach Bums at All Pro Freight Stadium on Saturday night. Left-hander Dave Middendorf (12-7, 2.60) will start for the Crushers and right-hander Scott Dunn (15-1, 2.61) will start for the Beach Bums.  The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

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