Baseball: ThunderBolts shut out by Traverse City
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media July 7, 2013 9:58PM
Updated: August 9, 2013 6:25AM
Swept at Lake Erie last week, Windy City scored just one run over three games.
Splitting the first two games of the series with Traverse City this weekend, the ThunderBolts scored a combined 14 runs.
But wrapping up the series Sunday at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, the T-Bolts mustered just six hits in an 8-0 loss to Traverse City.
Which team is Windy City? Maybe a little of both.
“We have to have tough outs at the plate, run the bases, do the little things,” Windy City’s Mike Torres said. “We’re not doing those things right now.”
The ThunderBolts dropped to 18-28 on the season with the loss.
Doug Joyce managed two hits for Windy City, going 2-for-3 with a double, but no one else in the lineup managed more than one hit.
Traverse City starter Jake Sabol (6-4) threw six shutout innings, allowing five hits and striking out three before turning it over to the bullpen.
“We’re trying to put numbers up there and get hits,” Joyce said. “We hit the ball hard tonight but right at people today. It was a tough game.”
After back-to-back singles by Jeff Harkensee and C.J. Gillman in the fifth, the T-Bolts looked poised to threaten, but Miles Walding popped out to second and Nathan Pittman struck out to end the inning.
Windy City loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but Harkensee lined out to left to end the threat.
“We have to get hits with guys in scoring position, when they count,” Joyce said. “We get hits with no one on, but we’re not getting the clutch hit we need.”
The ThunderBolts stranded nine runners.
Traverse City (27-18) jumped on T-Bolts starter Matt Wickswat (2-7) early, scoring two runs apiece in the second and third innings and never looking back.
Wickswat struggled with control, giving up five runs on six hits and a season-high five walks over five innings.
Torres finished 0-for-3 and remains three hits shy of passing Gilberto Mejia’s franchise-best mark for hits (368).
Windy City opens a three-game set against Southern Illinois at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday.
“We have to go up to the plate with the same mentality, get something you can handle,” Torres said. “It’s tough when you think you have to get a hit up there.”
Jake Roberts threw two shutout innings in relief for Windy City.