AVON, Ohio – Nick Gallagher, making his second professional start, pitched six scoreless innings and combined with three relievers on a four-hit shutout as the Wild Things blanked Lake Erie 5-0 Sunday afternoon.
Blake Adams and Alex Murphy each hit solo home runs for Washington, which prevented a three-game series sweep by the Crushers.
Adams, who went 4-for-5, homered in the fifth inning off Lake Erie starter Jake Repavich (4-3) and the Wild Things’ lead grew to 3-0 in the sixth on a two-run double by Ryan Cox. A single by Adams scored Cox and made it 4-0.
Murphy, playing in only his third game with Washington, led off the eighth inning with his first home run.
Gallagher (1-0) allowed only two hits and two walks. He struck out five. Gallagher was followed on the mound by B.J. Sabol, Jesus Balaguer and Zach Strecker.
The Wild Things begin a six-game homestand Tuesday night against the River City Rascals.