Baseball: Thunderbolts score 3-2 win in 10 innings over Washington Wild Things
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media August 14, 2014 10:36PM
Kyle Robinson, of the ThunderBolts, connects for the season opener against the Frontier Grey, Friday, May 17th, 2014 in Crestwood. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 15, 2014 2:14AM
With three weeks left in the season, the Windy City ThunderBolts know they aren’t going to the Frontier League playoffs. That doesn’t mean there aren’t memories to be made over the final 20 games.
The T-Bolts made some Thursday night, escaping three late jams and winning the game on Kyle Robinson’s two-out double in the bottom of the 10th, topping the first-place Washington Wild Things 3-2 at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.
“We know we can compete with any team in the league,” Robinson said. “We’ve shown that. We want to finish strong, have some fun and get some wins.”
Mike Torres (2-for-3) drew a two-out walk against Pat Butler in the 10th and Robinson, the league’s leading hitter, made Butler pay, ripping a full-count fastball down the right-field line to win it for the T-Bolts (28-49)
“I knew with it being a full count that he didn’t want to walk me,” Robinson said. “I just got my foot up and looked to drive it and fortunately, I was able to do that.”
Washington (48-30) had the go-ahead run at third with two outs in both the eighth and ninth innings, but Jessie Snodgrass got Maxx Garrett to pop out to end the eighth and Reese McGraw struck out Pat Kregeloh to escape the ninth.
The winning run was at third with one out in the 10th when McGraw struck out Carter Bell and Jim Vahalik — the latter with the bases loaded — to keep the game tied.
“I got (Vahalik) to two strikes and threw a fastball in then a slider that sailed outside,” McGraw said. “I could see and (catcher Michael Allen) saw that he was moving off the plate, expecting me to come back inside, so I threw an outside fastball and got him.”
McGraw earned his first win of the season and got the game ball from fellow pitcher Travis Tingle.
For the third time in as many nights, Washington scored in the first inning. Scott Kalamar led off the game with a double off T-Bolts starter Jake Fisher.
Kalamar took third on Garrett Rau’s flyout and scored on Will Beckwith’s groundout.
Fisher gave up two hits, hit a batter and issued a walk in the second, but escaped allowing just one run on Kregeloh’s RBI single that made it 2-0.
Fisher settled down from there to go six innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four.
The T-Bolts battled back in the third as Torres singled and scored on Robinson’s double.
Windy City followed the same formula in the sixth. This time, Robinson singled and scored when Ryan Soares ripped a double down the left-field line to tie the game.