ThunderBolts fall to Gateway Grizzlies 8-5
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media August 3, 2014 10:20PM
Kyle Robinson provides the ThunderBolts only runs with a 2 run double against the Gateway Grizzlies at Standard Bank Stadium, Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, in Crestwood. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 5, 2014 6:29AM
The Gateway Grizzlies decided to “Wing it” against the Windy City ThunderBolts in a Frontier League West game Sunday evening at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.
Gateway belted four home runs, two by All-Star Michael Wing, on its way to an 8-5 victory to even the series.
Gateway (40-28) will try to claim the rubber match of the three-game set at 7:05 p.m. tonight against the ThunderBolts (25-42). Windy City, the West division cellar dweller, sends Travis Tingle (6-4) to the mound.
“We really want to win the last game of the series at home,” Windy City manager Ron Biga said. “We have a pretty good starter going in Tingle. We have to be ready to play, get after it, swing the bats and get a good performance from Tingle. We’ll take our chances if we can do that.”
Windy City starter Jake Fisher (4-8) had allowed just two home runs in 83 innings coming into Sunday’s game. Fisher went six innings, allowing four home runs and seven earned runs.
Seven of Gateway’s runs came via the long ball.
“The last three or four outings he’s been very good,” Biga said. “He left three pitches out or up and they are a good mistake-hitting team and took advantage of it.”
Gateway’s Michael Johnson led off the game with an opposite-field home run. Wing (3-for-4, three RBI, three runs) also went the other way with a two-out, two-run shot that staked the Grizzles to a 3-0 lead after a half-inning.
Windy City made some two-out noise in the third. A hit by Ryan Soares and a walk to Mike Torres brought Kyle Robinson to the plate. Windy City’s top hitter doubled off the right-field wall, driving in two runs.
Wing’s solo shot in the fourth gave the Grizzlies a 4-2 lead.
A three-run blast by T.J. Bennett in the fifth extended the Grizzlies’ lead to 7-2.
Gateway starter Aaron Newcomb (9-4) did not allow a hit in five of his seven innings. Newcomb leads the Frontier League in wins.
“We should have done a little better off their starter today,” Biga said. “We didn’t square up a ball against him, which is a little disappointing.”
Windy City scored three times in the eighth. Torres singled and Robinson belted an RBI double. Robinson scored on a double by Ryan Tufts. Max White’s triple brought in Tufts to cut the lead to 8-5.
Robinson finished the day 2-for-3 with three RBI and is hitting .357.
“We battled to the end,” Biga said. “I liked the way we finished.”