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Crazy eighth! Bolts win again

For the second straight day, the ThunderBolts came from behind late as Ryne White smacked a two-run homer in the eighth to give the Bolts a 2-1 win over the Lake Erie Crushers on Tuesday afternoon at Standard Bank Stadium.
            Lake Erie starter Alberto Rolon was brilliant, retiring the first 11 batters he faced before Ryan Basham finally reached on a fourth-inning single. Ryne White, who drew a walk in the fifth, was the only other ThunderBolt base runner through the first seven innings.
            ThunderBolts pitcher Andrew Werner, though, matched Rolon pitch for pitch throughout much of the game. Werner allowed nine hits in the game, but they were all singles and he rarely was in any trouble.
One instance that he was came in the sixth. The Crushers loaded the bases on two hits and a walk with one out. Werner forced Wayne Bond to ground into a 5-4-3 inning-ending double play. He was not as fortunate in the seventh when Dom Duggan, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second base with two outs. Jodam Rivera hit a grounder to third that skipped past Nick Kuroczko for an RBI hit, bringing Duggan in for a 1-0 lead.
The lead looked like it might hold until the bottom of the eighth. Rolon, a reliever for most of the year, had not thrown more than four innings in a game this season. He may have been tiring when he came to the mound for the eighth. Pete Paris led off the inning with a single to right. White followed him by hammering the first pitch over the right field wall. His fifth home run of the season gave Windy City a 2-1 lead.
Werner came out for the ninth and pitched a perfect frame, striking out Arden McWilliams to finish off his second complete game of the season. Werner improved to 6-1 with the Bolts this season while Rolon took the tough luck loss, dropping his record to 2-2.
            Windy City heads on the road for a quick three game trip at Kalamazoo Wednesday through Friday. Brent Solich (5-5) will try to extend his 15.2 inning scoreless streak pitches for the Bolts. Game time is 6:05 p.m. That contest can be heard on Sportsjuice.com.


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