Crushers win, keep pace in playoff race
In the midst of a tight battle for the postseason with four teams separated by 3 games, Lake Erie kept ground at home with a 2-1 victory over Traverse City on Aug. 8.
The Crushers earned a muchneeded victory in front of the home crowd thanks to a strong outing by starter Jake Repavich and more support by the Lake Erie bullpen.
Locked in a scoreless battle into the sixth inning, the Crushers strung together three straight hits capped off by a two-run double off the bat of first baseman Cody Lenahan.
“I think it was just a matter of we got a couple of at-bats in our system in our second or third time around in the order, obviously the more pitches you see throughout the day, the more comfortable you’re going to get and we just stayed aggressive and it ended up working out,” Lenahan said. “We had
guys on second and third with no outs, so I was just trying to honestly just put anything in play because if I hit anything to the outfield, even if it was a sac fly, we still get a run across.
“Ended up getting down two strikes, was just trying to battle, once again just put it in play, and found a way to get it out there.”
With runs on the scoreboard for Repavich, the lefty continued his dominance of the Beach Bums
on the night. He finished with eight strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings and walked one.
“It was a quick one, I thought Jake Repavich threw the ball really well, I think that was definitely the tone we needed to start with,” manager Cam Roth said. “Coming out there, punching out eight guys in six innings is a little different story as opposed to last night with (Justin) Sinabaldi, but I think it put a little wind in our sails in the
sense that we weren’t having to play catch up.”
The Lake Erie relievers added another five strikeouts and showed another positive appearance after some shaky instances in the past couple of weeks.
Reliever Seth Lucio punched out all three batters he faced in the eighth and looked as sharp as ever before Logan Lombana came out to close the door with his eighth save of the campaign.
“Anytime we’re able
to get to the sixth-seventh with the lead, we’ve done pretty well, but it just goes to show that those guys are coming in throwing strikes,” Roth said. “(We’re) trying to get them more rest, especially for this Joliet coming in here. Hopefully (Alex) Romero can go ahead and deliver us a good game tomorrow and our offense can be able to push some across in order for those guys to have a break before Joliet.”