Game Recaps

Walk-off win! Bolts sweep Lake Erie

The ThunderBolts wrapped up their second consecutive perfect home stand on Thursday with a 4-3 ten-inning victory over the Lake Erie Crushers. Gilberto Mejia came away with the walk-off hit in the tenth.
            The Bolts led early when two errors and a passed ball set them up with runners on second and third with no outs. Tim Jobe hit a grounder to short that brought Zach Aakhus in to score for Jobe’s first career RBI.
            The Crushers came back with two runs in the fourth. With one out, Wayne Bond doubled, Arden McWilliams tripled and Julio Rivera singled to put Lake Erie on top.
            Windy City reclaimed the lead in the fifth on Nick Kuroczko’s two-run homer to right. The 3-2 lead looked like it might stand until there were two outs in the top of the seventh. With Andrew Davis at first and Lee Huggins at the plate, Davis broke for second, ThunderBolts pitcher Dustin Williams threw to Gilberto Mejia, who made the tag but dropped the ball leading to a safe call at second base. Huggins proceeded to drive Davis in on a single, tying the score at three.
            The ThunderBolt bullpen did its job with Brandon Garner and Nick Hall throwing 3.1 scoreless innings through the tenth. Jeff Cinadr pitched three shutout innings for Lake Erie in relief of Alberto Rolon, but Phil Rummel was called on for the tenth.
            Michael Torres led off that inning with an infield single. Kuroczko bunted him over and Brandon Anderson walked before Mejia came up with his late-game heroics. Wayne Bond came up throwing on Mejia’s hit to left, and fired a strike to Rivera, but the catcher dropped the ball and Torres crossed the plate for the 4-3 victory.
            The win was Windy City’s eighth straight overall and their twelfth straight at home. They have won 16 of their last 17 games and with Oakland County’s win over Traverse City, now hold a four-game wild card lead. They remain 3.5 out of first place.
            The ThunderBolts travel to Kalamazoo for the final time between Friday and Sunday. Friday’s pitching matchup is Andrew Werner (8-2) for Windy City against Kalamazoo’s Guido Fonseca (2-5). Game time is 6:05 and the contest can be heard on WXAV 88.3 fm and wxav.com.


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