Baseball: ThunderBolts split twin-bill with Normal CornBelters
With his former college teammate, White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks, cheering him on Thursday night, Mike Torres delivered for the Windy City ThunderBolts.
Torres’ two-run single in the second inning gave Windy City the lead for good as the T-Bolts earned a series win over the Normal CornBelters with a 6-4 victory in seven innings in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.
Normal (18-17) took Game 1 2-0.
In the nightcap, Torres’ base hit came after C.J. Gillman produced an RBI single to tie the game at 2. Zach Aakhus (2-for-3) drove in Torres with a single to give Windy City (15-22) a 5-2 lead.
Ryan Soares doubled home Aakhus in the first. The T-Bolts tacked on an unearned run in the fifth.
Windy City starter Daniel Cropper lasted just 22/3 innings, allowing four earned runs. The bullpen picked him up, however. Colin O’Connell (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings, Tyler Claburn added 11/3 scoreless and Michael Click finished it off in the seventh for his seventh save.
Danks, who was a college teammate of Torres’ at Texas, was at the game along with White Sox closer Addison Reed as the T-Bolts retired the numbers of Sox pitcher Dylan Axelrod and batting practice pitcher Mike Kashirsky.
In Game 1, T-Bolts starter Matt Wickswat went all seven innings and allowed just three hits, but the T-Bolts fell 2-0.
The CornBelters got all they would need in the first, scoring twice with the highlight an RBI double by Pat McKenna.
Wickswat dominated the rest of the way. He allowed one earned run, walked three and struck out six but fell to 2-5.
The T-Bolts were shut down by Luis Noel (3-2), who went 61/3 innings, and Alan Oaks, who picked up his first save.
Windy City threatened in the seventh, loading the bases with two outs, but Oaks got Gillman to ground out.
Soares was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles for the T-Bolts.