Hidalgo leads Crushers' 3-1 victory over Miners
From suspended list to the starting lineup, Hidalgo helps Crushers take two of three from Miners.
Two days ago, designated hitter Anderson Hidalgo was on the suspended list for the Crushers. Thursday night, he drove in what was ultimately the game winning run with a bases-loaded single with nobody out in the top of the fourth inning as the Crushers (3-3) went on to beat the Miners (3-3) by a score of 3-1.
Hidalgo was hitting in the sixth spot in the lineup for the third consecutive game. The product of Valencia, Venezuela spent last season with the Fort Myers Miracle, a single-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
His RBI single gave the Crushers a 2-1 lead, which proved to be all they needed behind a masterful pitching performance from starter Matt Rein and the bullpen. Rein pitched five innings giving up just one run on three hits, walking five and striking out two. The run was unearned.
In the bottom of the first, the Miners scored the first run of the game off of a throwing error from catcher Emmanuel Quilles. Miners shortstop Tyler Stubblefield took off for second and Quilles airmailed the throw into center field, allowing leadoff man Tyler Hall to score.
Rein did not allow anyone else to cross home plate and he was followed by Dale Dickerson, Doug Shields, and Matt Smith. The trio pitched four innings of scoreless relief and Smith picked up the save for the second consecutive game, his second of the season.
Smith made it interesting in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs before striking out Miners first baseman Jason Ganek to end the ballgame.
With Smith serving as the team’s closer for this series, it appears unlikely that he will be the yet-to-be-named fifth starter for this weekend’s series against the River City Rascals. Manager Jeff Isom had previously said the fifth starter would come down to Smith, Devyn Rivera, or Doug Shields.
The Crushers tied the game in the top of the third, when a Kevin Berard single scored Seth Granger from second. Hidalgo’s RBI in the fourth gave them a 2-1 lead and Andrew Davis’ first home run of the season in the sixth pushed the score to 3-1, where it would stay for the remainder of the contest.
The Miners received a quality start from their starter Brian Olliver, who pitched six innings giving up just three runs on six hits, striking out five. Olliver combined with the Miners’ bullpen to strike out 10 Crushers on the night. Unfortunately for them, the Crushers pitching staff performed just a little bit better.
The Crushers also won the final game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader and leave Marion, Illinois with a victory in the series. They now travel to O’Fallon, Missouri, where they will take on the River City Rascals in a three-game series beginning Friday night. Alex Kaminsky will be on the mound to begin the series, but the starters for Saturday and Sunday’s games remain unknown as the Crushers have been utilizing a four-man rotation and both Dave Middendorf and Trevor Longfellow worked in the doubleheader on Wednesday.