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ThunderBolts (left right) Kyle RobinsJMestas Mike Torres wait out radelay against Rockford Aviators rashorted game Standard Bank Stadium Saturday June

ThunderBolts (left to right) Kyle Robinson, Jon Mestas and Mike Torres wait out a rain delay against the Rockford Aviators in a rain shorted game at Standard Bank Stadium, Saturday, June 28th, 2014, in Crestwood. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 30, 2014 6:56AM



The Windy City ThunderBolts found themselves in an early hole Saturday night. They’ll have to wait until Sunday for their chance to rally.

After the Rockford Aviators scored twice in the top of the first, heavy rains began with T-Bolts leadoff hitter Jon Mestas at the plate.

The game was postponed after a 46-minute rain delay and will be resumed as part of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The T-Bolts (14-22) are looking to bounce back after a painful 2-1 loss Friday night, when the Aviators (17-18) scored twice in the eighth and a potential ninth-inning Windy City rally was thwarted when Kyle Robinson was caught off second base after advancing on Evan Button’s sacrifice fly.

“That game was kind of my fault,” Robinson said. “I was being a little too aggressive and trying to make something happen.”

Windy City was hurt by a game-opening error by third baseman Garrett Carey. That was followed by consecutive seeing-eye singles off T-Bolts starter Jake Fisher. Jeff Kremer delivered an RBI single and Edgar Corcino’s groundout produced another run.

The T-Bolts had lost six of seven coming into play Saturday. Four of those were one-run games.

“We took two of three (from June 6 to 8) from Gateway, a first-place team” Robinson said. “We’re losing a one-run game here, a one-run game there. We feel like we’re right on the cusp. We just have to keep persevering and fighting through this.”

Fisher (2-5) will resume on the mound when the game resumes Sunday. Eli Anderson (0-4) will start for Windy City in Game 2. Rockford’s starter is to be determined.

Anderson will look to break a prolonged slump. He gave up seven earned runs in 71/3 innings his last time out Tuesday at Normal. In his two prior starts, he was unable to get into the fourth inning. His ERA sits at 7.91

With rookie Davidson Peguero joining the team Friday, the T-Bolts released catcher Justin Dalles. Dalles, who reached Double A in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, went just 2-for-26 for Windy City.



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