Crushers cruise over Beach Bums, 11-3

The Lake Erie Crushers scored six times in the last of the second and coasted the rest of the way en route to an 11-3 win over the Traverse City Beach Bums on Tuesday night at All Pro Freight Stadium, taking the opener of the three-game set.

The Crushers took full advantage of erratic Beach Bums pitching throughout the contest. Patrick Merkling took the loss for Traverse City, allowing five runs on just one hit with four walks in 1.2 frames. Traverse City pitching gave up nine walks, hit two batters, and committed two errors, providing Lake Erie with 13 free baserunners.