Things 3 Bolts 2
CRESTWOOD, IL – The ThunderBolts left 11 men on base and lost to the Washington Wild Things 3-2 at Standard Bank Stadium Wednesday night, evening up the series at a win apiece.
The ThunderBolts (17-28) got the scoring started without a hit in the second inning. Jacob Tanis walked and stole second before scoring when Austin Wobrock threw away a Ransom LaLonde groundball. Two more walks would load the bases, but they would not score again in the inning. Ernie Zaragoza settled in to throw six innings, allowing only the unearned run.
Washington (20-27) did all of their damage with two outs. In the fourth, after Danny Jimenez recorded two quick outs, Scott Kalamar walked, David Popkins singled and both scored on a Matt Peters double.
There were two outs with nobody on in the sixth when the Wild Things struck again. Sam Mende walked, stole second and scored on a Kalamar base hit.
The ThunderBolts tightened the score to 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh. Larry Balkwill doubled, advanced on a Mike Torres single and scored on a Jonathan Garcia fielder’s choice. With Garcia at second and two outs, Tanis singled, but Garcia got thrown out in a rundown between third and home.
The ThunderBolts had at least one baserunner in every inning after the first, but were held to down by Zaragoza and four relievers.
Zaragoza (5-2 earned the win and Jimenez (2-4) gave up three runs in six innings for the loss. Jonathan Kountis gave up a walk but no runs in the ninth for his third save.
The ThunderBolts and Wild Things wrap up their series on Thursday. All-star Travis Tingle (2-5, 2.42) will start for Windy City against Washington’s Tim Flight (2-4, 3.47). WWE superstar and gold medal Olympian Kurt Angle will be signing autographs during the game and Pro Wrestling Blitz will put on a show postgame at Standard Bank Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 and fans not in attendance can hear the broadcast at WXAV 88.3 FM and wxav.com.