Tuesday, Jul 5
Lake Erie Crushers
FLORENCE, Ky. – Anthony Brocato hit his team-leading 12th home run of the season in the fourth inning to give the Y’alls a 3-2 lead, and for a long while, it seemed as if that would be enough to end Florence’s losing streak. The Lake Erie Crushers mustered two runs in the ninth to squash those aspirations and beat the Y’alls 4-3 at Thomas More Stadium on Tuesday.
The two runs came against Y’alls closer Joe Dougherty, who was aiming for his sixth save of the season. Kokko Figueiredo immediately blasted a home run to tie the game, and Sean Cheely hit an RBI single to give Lake Erie its first lead in the top of the ninth. Florence threatened in the bottom half, getting Brocato on second base, but no further.
Jake McMahill delivered another beauty at home for the Y’alls. In seven innings, the 24-year-old set a new high with 11 strikeouts while not walking a batter. He allowed only two earned runs, and saved Florence from having to exhaust the bullpen.
Both teams’ bats delivered eight hits. Brocato’s three hit night—a triple shy of the cycle—led the way. Alberti Chavez had two hits as well. Figueiredo came through with two home runs for Lake Erie.
The loss pushes Florence’s streak to eight games, a season-long. The Y’alls returned home after an 0-7 road trip riddled with one-run games. This is the sixth game on the losing streak that has been decided by one run.
Home games are at a premium for the Y’alls before the all-star break gives everyone some time off. The Y’alls are in a stretch of 13 consecutive days playing baseball, 10 of them on the road. They have another chance to pick up a win tomorrow against the Crushers. Jared Cheek takes the mound against Gunnar Kines for a 6:31 p.m. first pitch.
The Florence Y’alls are Northern Kentucky’s professional baseball team, and are proud members of the independent Frontier League, an MLB Partner League. With a purposeful focus on entertaining our fans, the Y’alls provide affordable, family-friendly entertainment. Y’alls home games are played at Thomas More Stadium, located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, Kentucky. The Y’alls are at home against the Lake Erie Crushers tomorrow, July 6. First pitch is at 6:31 P.M. Tickets are on sale now for the 2022 season. More details can be found online at florenceyalls.com (http://florenceyalls.com/) or by phone at (859) 594-4487.