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ThunderBolts Insider: ‘All about consistency’ for Tingle

Pitcher Travis Tingle Windy City Thunderbolts delivers Joliet Slammers hitter. | JCunningham~For Sun-Times Media

Pitcher Travis Tingle of the Windy City Thunderbolts delivers to a Joliet Slammers hitter. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 24, 2014 6:19AM



Describing his rookie season in 2013, Windy City ThunderBolts pitcher Travis Tingle called himself “Jekyll and Hyde.”

“I’d go out and throw seven strong (innings) and then the next start I wouldn’t be able to get out of the fourth,” he said. “This year, it’s all about consistency. I want to go out there and have a quality start every time and give us a chance to win.”

Tingle’s streakiness resulted in a 5-6 record and 4.17 ERA last year. So far this year, he’s achieved his goal of being consistently good.

The highlight of this season undoubtedly came Thursday when he threw the third no-hitter in franchise history, a five-inning no-no against Florence in a game that was called because of rain.

It was just the latest in a line of strong starts for the lanky, 6-foot-5 righty. He’s 3-1 with a 2.52 ERA and has turned in a quality start in six of his seven opportunities.

“I’m throwing all my pitches for strikes,” he said. “That’s big. Already having a year in the league, I feel a lot more comfortable. I know what to expect. Nothing’s surprising when I go out for a start. Hopefully, me and (Daniel) Cropper, as guys who have been here before, can help the other (starters) out and let them know that once they get their feet under them and all that, it’s smooth sailing.”

Tingle quickly has developed into the team’s ace, the guy who’s capable of putting an end to a losing streak any time he gets the ball.

That sorely is needed after the T-Bolts lost the guy who was expected to be the Opening Day starter, Dyllon Nuernberg, to injury and had Markus Solbach signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“I don’t necessarily look at myself as the ace or anything like that because I think all of us can pitch,” Tingle said. “If that’s going to be the way it is, though, so be it. I definitely want to be the guy who can go out there and stop a (losing streak) and get us a big win when we need it.”

Tingle began college as a position player, playing third base and pitching only occasionally at Cleveland State Community College in Tennessee. His sophomore year, he became a full-time pitcher.

He pitched his final two collegiate seasons at Louisville.

“I went out my first year at juco and beat the No. 2 team in the nation pitching,” he said. “My coach was like ‘You’re going to make a lot more money with your arm than with your bat.’ I never picked up a bat again.”

The T-Bolts are happy he made the switch.

“He’s really been our stop guy,” T-Bolts manager Ron Biga said. “He’s gone out there and gotten us some wins when we were struggling. He’s pitched fantastic.”



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