July 4, 2015

Elyria
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Crushers 4, Otters 3: Lineup change pays off as Jose Barraza sparks offense from cleanup spot

AVON — After watching Lake Erie struggle to score — six runs in the last three games — manager Chris Mongiardo shuffled the batting order Sunday against Evansville. Catcher Jose Barraza made Mongiardo look like a genius. Barraza responded to the move to the cleanup spot by going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles as Read More…

Crushers welcome back Todd Kibby after Tommy John surgery, but say so long to winning streak with loss to Otters

AVON — Todd Kibby waited almost 11 months to take the mound following Tommy John surgery. Unfortunately, his long-awaited return to the Crushers’ rotation lasted just 2⅔ innings Friday night in a 3-1 loss to the Evansville Otters in front of 2,136 fans at All Pro Freight Stadium. Despite getting 11 hits and forcing Otters Read More…

Crushers’ pen has right stuff in win over Grizzlies

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AVON — Lake Erie manager Chris Mongiardo can live with the “Captain Hook” label pinned on him lately by the press box crew at All Pro Freight Stadium. He doesn’t mind it as long as the result continues to go the Crushers’ way as it did again Thursday. The Crushers downed Gateway 3-1 to sweep Read More…

Crushers 7, Wild Things 2: Frank Desico ends home losing streak with voice, bat

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AVON — Lake Erie center fielder Frank Desico began the action Sunday with a rousing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” He effectively ended the game — and the Crushers’ seven-game home losing streak — with arguably the biggest hit of his professional career. Desico, a Cleveland native, delivered a two-out, three-run triple to right-center in Read More…

Wild Things 3, Crushers 1: Home misery continues as Lake Erie drops 7th straight at The Freight

AVON — The Lake Erie Crushers’ home woes continued Saturday night with a 3-1 loss to the Washington Wild Things. But sometimes in baseball, all that’s needed is a spark for things to start to come together. Crushers manager Chris Mongiardo hopes his team got that spark late in the game and it carries over Read More…

Wild Things hand Crushers sixth straight home loss

AVON — All Pro Freight Stadium hasn’t necessarily been a home sweet home for the Lake Erie Crushers this season. Coming off a weeklong road trip in which they won three and lost two, the Crushers reverted back to their losing ways at home Friday night. Two home runs, including a three-run blast by Carter Read More…

Bullpen costs Crushers in loss to Greys

AVON — Crushers starter Rob Blanc was cruising through five innings Friday night against the Frontier Greys, working on a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts. That didn’t stop manager Chris Mongiardo from going to his bullpen to start the sixth, and that move wound up costing the Crushers. Reliever Kolby Moore (1-1) gave up a Read More…

Joey Burney’s blast lifts Crushers past Miners for first win

Trevor Stevens of the Crushers makes the play at second base and throw to first Sunday. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — The offensive woes that plagued the Lake Erie Crushers on Friday and Saturday disappeared in Sunday’s home-opening series finale. A huge three-run home run from cleanup hitter Joey Burney — the Crushers’ first homer of the season — highlighted a four-run third inning. That proved to be enough for a 5-2 win over Read More…

Miners 4, Crushers 1: Lake Erie bats silent to start season

AVON — On the Lake Erie Crushers’ roster, Joe Charboneau holds the title of hitting coach. He has yet to occupy that spot in manager Chris Mongiardo’s dugout due to an impasse in contract negotiations, and the early offensive numbers aren’t good. Southern Illinois limited the Crushers to one run for the second consecutive night Read More…

Three veterans prepared to lead as Lake Erie Crushers open season tonight

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AVON — When Jeff Isom took over as manager of the Lake Erie Crushers in 2013, three of the first players he signed were shortstop Juan Sanchez, catcher/infielder Emmanuel Quiles and infielder Anderson Hidalgo. Isom left for Joliet after one year, but the Latino trio stayed with the Crushers and helped them reach the postseason Read More…