Crushers tame the Wild Things, 4-2
The Crushers quest to hurdle to the top of the standings continued on Tuesday night, and Craig Hertler supplied the gas in the 4-2 victory over the Washington Wild Things.
The Crushers improved to 22-23 with the win, and moved ahead of Washington into fifth place in the East. Washington dropped to 22-24.
Hertler, who was just acquired last week from the Schaumburg Boomers, singled in the top of the seventh to drive in Russ Moldenhauer and Seth Granger, snapping a 2-2 tie. Hertler was 3-5 on the day with a run scored and two runs batted in.
The game was deadlocked at two until the seventh thanks to dominant pitching on both sides. Dave Middendorf and Washington’s starter Gary Lee had almost identical numbers through six innings, but Lee ultimately blinked first when he allowed the single to Hertler. Middendorf pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out six batters. The all-star pitcher improved to 7-3 with the victory.
Lee proved a worthy opponent of Middendorf, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. He struck out six hitters without allowing a walk. He took the loss and now has a record of 3-5 on the season.
Dale Dickerson relieved Middendorf in the ninth, and struck out two batters on his way to his seventh save. He gave up a one-out single to Stewart Ijams, but worked his way out of the inning without allowing any damage.
The Crushers trailed 2-0 after the second inning, thanks to a two-out, two-run home run from Washington’s first baseman Shain Stoner. Stoner drove home Ijams, who drew a two-out walk from Middendorf. It was Middendorf’s second walk of the inning. The first was erased on a double play.
In the fourth inning the Crushers came back to tie it at two. Hertler led off the inning with a single and advanced to third when Max Casper singled in the next at bat. Hertler would then score on a passed ball, before Andrew Davis singled and moved Casper to third.
After a strikeout from Daniel Bowman, Anderson Hidalgo singled on the first pitch to bring home Max Casper. It was his 20th RBI on the season.
The win was the Crushers first on the road since they beat Schaumburg on June 23rd, and it ended their short, two-game losing streak. The loss for Washington was their sixth in seven games.
The two teams will have a quick turnaround, as they play again tomorrow morning at 11:05. Alex Kaminky will be on the mound for the Crushers, looking to improve upon his 3-4 record and 4.59 ERA.