Crushers win, keep pace in play­off race

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - SPORTS - By Matt Lof­gren Sports@Morn­ingJour­nal.com @MJour­nal­sports on Twit­ter

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.”

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