Baseball: ThunderBolts blank Lake Erie Crushers 1-0 in rain-shortened game
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media May 20, 2014 10:32PM
Updated: June 24, 2014 6:29AM
Windy City starting pitcher Travis Tingle thought he had at least a couple of more innings in him.
On this night, though, Mother Nature had the last word.
Tingle threw six shutout innings Tuesday at Standard Bank Stadium to lead the ThunderBolts to a 1-0 rain-shortened six-inning win over Lake Erie.
“I had a couple of more in me, but I was feeling good, and I just had to settle down after those first few innings,” Tingle said. “Once I get into a groove, I’m going until the coach says I can’t go no more.”
Tuesday’s game was called because of lightning and rain after Lake Erie batted in the top of the sixth.
Tingle (1-0) allowed four hits and two walks with six strikeouts, pitching in and out of early jams to preserve the win for Windy City (4-0). He retired the final 11 batters he faced Tuesday.
“Those first few innings always get me,” Tingle said with a smile.
The 6-foot-5 right-hander stranded five runners through three innings, including two each in the first and third. Tingle was aided by his defense behind him, with right fielder Ryan McIntyre gunning a runner down at home to end the first.
Tingle walked the tightrope again in the third, getting two strikeouts to end the inning with runners on second and third.
“Thankfully, McIntyre gets him at the plate,” Tingle said. “First-game jitters (overall). I felt good. I pounded the zone with my fastball, both sides of the plate. A lot of stuff was working, and I trust Doug (Joyce) catching back there. Whatever he wants to call.”
Tingle got all the offensive support he needed in the second. Max White hit a single to shallow center that brought Kyle Robinson home from second.
White has seven RBI through four games.
“It’s really letting the ball get deep (in the zone),” White said. “I try to stay consistent as a hitter and keep the right approach. I was able to get a changeup, hit it up the middle.”
Lake Erie starting pitcher Roberto Padilla went five innings, giving up a run on three hits with five strikeouts. The Crushers fell to 3-1.
The three-game series continues at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday.