Crushers Clip Beach Bums 1-0 And 2-1
TRAVERSE CITY, MI - Alex Phillips and Tanner Tripp combined to give up just two earned runs in 12.1 innings in Saturday night’s doubleheader, but the Lake Erie Crushers scored late in each game to sweep the twinbill from the Traverse City Beach Bums, 1-0 and 2-1 on Saturday night at Wuerfel Park.
Phillips (0-2) posted his best start as a Beach Bum in the opener, facing just one over the minimum through six frames. However, he hit Craig Hertler on a 2-2 pitch to start the seventh and then tossed a wild pitch to move Hertler into scoring position. Two batters later, Andrew Davis poked a single through the right side to give Lake Erie a 1-0 lead.
Traverse City had opportunities to score in the first game, but stranded the bases loaded in the fourth, and the tying run at third base with one out in the seventh. Trevor Longfellow (2-1) picked up the win for the Crushers by getting the final out of the sixth, setting the stage for Jason Wilson to pick up his third save of the year.
In the nightcap, the Beach Bums jumped on top 1-0 on a Jovan Rosa RBI single in the first, scoring Rob Benedict. However, Crushers’ starter Todd Kibby would shut down Traverse City the rest of the way, not allowing a runner to get past first base. Kibby (4-1) struck out 10 en route to a four-hit complete game.
Tripp (1-3) was equally as dominant as his counterpart until the sixth inning. The Crushers put runners on first and third with one out when Anderson Hidalgo hit a ball off the glove of the third baseman Kevin Taylor that went as a run-scoring error, knotting the game at one. Davis followed with an RBI single to right, scoring Hertler to give Lake Erie a 2-1 lead.
Tripp earned his third quality start of the year by allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits in six innings. Benedict and Taylor were the main contributors at the plate, smacking three hits apiece across the two games.
The series wraps up on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. ET. Traverse City will send Casey Delgado (4-1, 3.13) to the mound against Lake Erie’s Matt Rein (0-1, 7.79). It’s another Family FUNday Sunday at Wuerfel Park with discounted kids tickets, postgame kids run the bases, autographs and poster giveaways. Fans that aren’t able to attend can listen to the broadcast starting at 4:45 p.m. on Classic Rock the Bear 98.1/107.1 and classicrockthebear.com.