By Ryan Decker
CHARLOTTE – Just nine days ago, Chris Isaac threw a nine-inning, complete game shutout on the road against the Catawba Valley Stars (26-19).
Isaac was back on the mound for the Charlotte Crushers (17-19) against the Stars on Thursday.
Isaac, the newly announced CVCL Pitcher of the Week, threw three shutout innings, but it was Stars pitching putting up the zeros on the board this time around, blanking the Crushers 3-0 in five innings.
Catawba Valley starter Ryan Lloyd pitched to just one over the minimum in the first two frames but did get into a bit of a jam in the bottom of the third.
Lloyd gave up a leadoff-single to Rashad Webster and walked Daniel Barrett to put two runners on with no one out.
A meeting on the mound after the free pass appeared to calm Lloyd down, as he came back to retire each of the next three hitters to get out of the jam.
Isaac worked out of trouble in the second inning, stranding a runner in scoring position, and was taken out of the game after the third with the score tied at 0-0.
Patrick Humphries relieved Isaac on the mound, but could not finish the inning.
Humphries surrendered a solo home run to Tyler Brown with one out and then gave up three consecutive singles.
An RBI-single by Troy Davern, knocked the reliever out of the game with the Crushers facing a two-run deficit.
After the pitching change, a strikeout of Andres Perez produced a run after the strike-three pitch bounced away from the Charlotte catcher, allowing Deylan Miley to scamper home, and giving the Stars a 3-0 lead.
Charlotte attempted a comeback in the bottom of the fifth.
Barrett, playing in his final home game as a Crusher, reached on an error by Miley and left with a standing ovation from his team.
Justin Williams drew a two-out walk, but the two runners were left on base when the final out was recorded.
Isaac’s scoreless streak
Chris Isaac entered the ballgame with a 17 inning scoreless streak.
After throwing three shutout innings Thursday, that streak is now at 20 consecutive innings without allowing a run.
Final two games
Charlotte is in action this weekend on the road for its final two games of the regular season.
The Crushers will play a double header Saturday at Holly Springs against the Fuquay Varina Twins.