Crushers tread water by splitting doubleheader
Lake Erie treaded water Monday in Evansville by winning game one of a double header and dropping game two.
In game one, the Crushers got a strong performance out of starter Matt Smith. Smith has been having an up and down season so far this year, but Monday on the road he was almost untouchable.
Smith pitched a complete game (seven innings for the double header) two hitter en route to his third win of the season. In just seven innings, Smith put up his season best for strikeouts by accumulating six.
The Crushers supported Smith with some great hitting from a handful of players. Four players including Max Casper, Kevin Berard, Andrew Davis and Daniel Bowman all had multi hit games as Lake Erie racked up nine hits in game one.
Seth Granger also had a nice day, he had an RBI double that put the Crushers up 1-0 at the time. Stringing together hits, the Crushers added runs in the sixth and seventh to propel Smith to the win.
A half an hour after the Crushers won game one, game number two of the day, also seven innings, started up with Lake Erie's best reliever on the mound. Mickey Jannis left the bullpen for his second start of the season and gave Lake Erie a very good chance to win.
Picking up in the third inning, the Crushers got on the board first on a Bowman single that scored Casper from second. Evansville answered back in the bottom of the inning, then added a pair of runs in the fourth.
Making Evansville pay for its sloppy defense, the Crushers got men on and runs in compliments of the the Otters' five errors on the day.
In the top of the seventh, the speedy Seth Granger took advantage of some bad throwing by scoring on a Kevin Berard single, putting Lake Erie up 4-3 headed to Evansville's last ups.
Closer Dale Dickerson came on for the bottom of the seventh looking for save number 11 of the year and to forget his performance Sunday when he blew a one run save.
Dickerson again could not get the job done as walked a batter and then an at bat later the Crushers pulled of a two error play that scored an Otter.
The wheels would totally come off after Dickerson was taken from the game and Brad Duffy would give up the game winning run, scored to Dickerson, on an error by himself to lose the game.
Lake Erie had three errors in the ball game, all three coming with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
Travailing most of Tuesday, the Crushers are back home for a series with the Washington Wild Things at 7:05.