ThunderBolts Notebook: Dyllon Nuernberg welcomes added duty
Dyllon Nuernberg knows he has some big shoes to fill.
The fourth-year pro from Las Vegas is the man the Windy City ThunderBolts have turned to in order to fill the void in the starting rotation left when ace Mike Recchia was signed by the White Sox.
“(Recchia) is a great pitcher, but I don’t really think there’s any extra pressure on me,” Nuernberg said. “I just want to go out there and give the team a chance to win every time I pitch.”
Nuernberg certainly gave his team a shot in his first pro start, allowing two earned runs in seven innings Friday as the T-Bolts fell 3-0 to Southern Illinois.
After pitching exclusively out of the bullpen for three seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, the T-Bolts sought to stretch Nuernberg out.
A 61/3-inning outing June 4, when he allowed one run on three hits, got him ready to start.
“That helped a lot,” Nuernberg said. “This is the first time I’ve started since high school, so to have a long outing like that was big.
“I try to take the same approach as I did when I was a reliever. The big thing is try to get quick outs knowing you’re going to try to go deep into a game.”
The T-Bolts were set to kick off a three-game home series Tuesday against the Florence Freedom, the first of three more home series to finish a record 15-game homestand.
Windy City went 3-3 through the first six games of the Standard Bank Stadium stay, its home record moving to 4-8 for the season.
“It’s really important that we win these games at home,” the T-Bolts’ Chad Cregar said. “We got off to a bad start and when we have a chance to get on the right track playing at home, it’s a big key.”
After losing two of three to the Southern Illinois over the weekend, the T-Bolts have lost eight straight series to the Miners.
Windy City hasn’t won a series against its former West Division rival since 2009.