River City wins 8-6 with walkoff
Rascals jump on Kaminsky early en route to big win
River City won in walk off fashion Friday after the Crushers held on to a 7-6 lead for four innings, but had a blown save from Brian Duffy in the ninth as Lake Erie lost 8-6.
After that, Lake Erie traded leads with River City Several times starting in the first inning when the Rascals jumped on starter Alex Kaminsky for two runs in the first inning. The Crushers answered back in the fourth inning by exploding for three runs.
In the fourth, the Crushers put up a three run spot on River City starter Cameron Bayne and were right back into the game. On the night, Bayne had all six of Lake Erie's runs earned.
Now on the season, Bowman has six RBIs in seven hits, which makes him the lead man as he steps into the cleanup spot. So far this road trip, Bowman has knocked in five runners as the Crushers are 3-4 on the young season.
It appeared that the Crushers were to run away with a win when the team put up another three runs in the fifth to regain the lead after a sluggish third inning by Kaminsky. This time, slumping Russell Moldenhauer woke his bat up for double that knocked in Bowman after he had knocked in Gauntlett Eledemire.
The 6-5 lead would hold true for Lake Erie for the next four innings as Kaminsky settled in to pitch five innings but struck out eight Rascals. So far this season Kaminsky has struggled with his pitch count and has struggled to get out of the fifth, pitching just 10 innings thus far.
After Kaminsky, Jordan Wellander came out to pitch and he dominated the Rascals by striking out four and only allowing three batters to reach. For three innings, Wellander came in for solid relief pitching again.
Then in the ninth, clinging to the 6-5 lead, the Crushers could not add runs in the top of the ninth with the top of the order up. Manager Jeff Isom called down to his bull pen for Duffy, who had been solid for the Crushers this season.
But this time, Duffy in gave up two earned runs in 2/3 innings of work on back to back hits. Finally it was River City's Andy Scott who got his first hit of the game in the ninth that scored Curran Redal.