Crushers' streak halted at five thanks to 11-4 loss
After winning five in a row, Lake Erie dropped a tough one to Schaumburg Saturday night 11-4 to move to 15-17 on the season, but remain 5.5 games out of first place.
Lake Erie got off to a hot start at the plate, taking a 2-run lead in the first compliments of a Daniel Bowman bases clearing double that scored Anderson Hidalgo and Andrew Davis.
But from there, Lake Erie struggled for runs, but not hits as the team totaled nine hits while leaving 10 runners on base.
Russell Moldenhauer continued to produce with an RBI sac fly in the fifth that scored Hidalgo, who went 2-3 on the night with two runs and a walk. Moldenhauer struck again in the seventh, scoring Max Casper on a single.
His two RBIs Saturday added to his team high 23 RBIs for the season while Bowman follows closely behind with 19 RBIs.
It wasn't how local high school standout Kyle Shaw envisioned his pro debut going just 4.2 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits, but struck out a team high four. Shaw was recently acquired by the team and is a local product from Keystone High School who played his college ball at the University of Toledo.
Contrasting from yesterday's stellar performance by the Lake Erie bullpen, Saturday the pen added to the damage. Newly off the disabled list, Michael Jahns struggled in his appearance, giving up three runs on three hits and a pair of walks.
Brad Duffy followed Jahns, who has been inconsistent this season. Duffy lasted an inning while giving up two runs on two hits.
If the Crushers can take anything away from the loss, it was Doug Shields' night. In an inning of work, Shields gave up one run and no hits.