Crushers manager Jeff Isom got exactly what he asked for following the team’s fourth consecutive loss on Wednesday night.
For his team to get back to winning, he said they needed their starting pitcher to keep them in the game and their offense to score first. The team answered the call on Thursday, beating Traverse City 5-2 to improve to 7-11. Traverse City falls to 10-8 with the loss.
“It was the things we talked about yesterday. We got the things we needed get,” Isom said.
It all started with the pitching. Southpaw Dave Middendorf delivered possibly the best pitching performance of the season for the Crushers. He delivered eight and two-thirds dominant innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out 10 Traverse City batters to earn his second win on the season. He is now 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA.
“He threw extremely well,” Isom said of his starter. “He really had them off balance. It was one of those nights that he was in control from the start, and never really go...