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ThunderBolts' Nate Pittman singles against Normal Standard Bank Stadium Tuesday June 23rd 2013 Crestwood. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

ThunderBolts' Nate Pittman singles against Normal at Standard Bank Stadium, Tuesday, June 23rd, 2013 in Crestwood. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 27, 2013 6:32AM



Dyllon Nuernberg barely could walk off the field after the Windy City ThunderBolts’ postgame handshakes Tuesday night, cramping up after his outing on a muggy evening went much longer than he thought it would early.

After throwing 50 pitches while laboring through the first two innings, Nuernberg settled down to turn in a gem. He tossed seven shutout innings and the T-Bolts allowed just three hits to the Normal CornBelters in a 2-0 win at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.

“For a little bit, I thought it was going to be a short night,” Nuernberg said. “I was exhausted. I just wanted to do as much as I could to keep the team in it. I just focused on getting hitters out in three pitches or less.”

Nuernberg (1-1) earned his first win as a T-Bolt, allowing three hits, walking three and striking out seven as Windy City improved to 14-21.

After walking three, surrendering a hit and seeing his pitch count skyrocket over the first two innings, Nuernberg got some words of advice from veteran catcher Zach Aakhus.

“Early on, he tried to nitpick a little too much,” Aakhus said. “He tried to go around hitters instead of at them and his pitch count got up there really quick. I told him the bullpen needed rest and we were just going to set up right down the middle of the rest of the way and throw strikes.”

Aakhus scored the game’s first run in the fourth, singling and moving up two bases when center fielder Matt Wright let the liner go past him. Andrew Brauer then drove in Aakhus with a sacrifice fly.

The run seemed vital at the time as lightning strikes surrounded the stadium. The rain never came, but it didn’t matter as the T-Bolts pitching staff finished the job.

“This is the ‘Thunder Dome,’ ” Aakhus said. “When we see lightning, we get pumped. I live for this.”

Windy City tacked on a big insurance run in the eighth. Mike Torres led off with a single then got to third with a great baserunning decision, reading Aakhus’ line drive all the way as it fell in for a base hit. Torres scored on Ryan Soares’ single.

“That was a great read by Mike,” Aakhus said. “Sometimes you have to take chances. They pay off.”

Jessie Snodgrass continued his strong pitching of late with a perfect eighth before Michael Click finished off Normal (18-16) in the ninth for his sixth save.

Adam Davis went 3-for-4 for the T-Bolts.

“That was a big base hit by Soares,” T-Bolts manager Ron Biga said. “A two-run lead going to the ninth felt a lot better than one. Our offense wasn’t great (Tuesday night), but when your pitchers put up zeroes you’re in good shape.”



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