Baseball: ThunderBolts rally for 10-6 win over Frontier Greys
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media August 17, 2014 9:26PM
Andrew Brauer, of the ThunderBolts, singles against the Frontier Greys at Standard Bank Stadium, Sunday, August 17th, 2014, in Crestwood. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 18, 2014 2:12AM
All Windy City ThunderBolts manager Ron Biga wants his team to do down the stretch is fight every night.
The T-Bolts certainly done have that lately, never more so than Sunday night.
Windy City rallied from a 6-0 deficit with 10 unanswered runs, including seven in the eighth, to capture the rubber match of the three-game series with the Frontier Greys with a 10-6 victory in front of 1,875 fans at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.
“There’s been some exciting baseball lately,” Windy City’s Ryan Soares said. “I’m definitely proud of the way we’ve been playing. No one’s giving up. We’re going to battle until the last out of the last game.”
The huge eighth-inning rally for the T-Bolts (30-50) started when Davidson Peguero struck out, but the third strike was a wild pitch, allowing him to reach first. Garrett Carey then was hit by a pitch and Daniel Aldrich provided a pinch-hit RBI single.
Mike McGuckin’s sacrifice fly made it a 6-5 game before Aldrich moved from first to third on consecutive wild pitches. After Andrew Brauer walked, Biga called for the squeeze with Mike Torres at the plate.
Torres’ bunt landed in front of charging first baseman Joe Rapp, who fired home but not in time to get Aldrich, who scored the tying run.
“That’s Texas baseball 101,” said Torres, a product of the University of Texas. “First and third with one out, that’s an automatic squeeze. Bunt it to the first baseman and make him make a decision. This worked out perfectly because we got the run in and I got on base.”
After Kyle Robinson walked to load the bases, Soares (2-for-4, 3 RBI) blooped a single to right to score two to give Windy City the lead.
“The guys in front of me were getting on all night,” Soares said. “I got a pitch in on my hands, but I was able to muscle it out there and get it to fall.”
The T-Bolts tacked on two more runs on a Max White sacrifice fly and a Garrett Carey RBI single.
St. Rita product Jason Kafka (2-1) worked a scoreless eighth for the win.
The Greys (27-53) put up three runs each in the third and fourth innings against T-Bolts starter Hein Robb, who continued to struggle with his control. Robb allowed six earned runs on six hits and four walks in 32/3 innings.
Windy City began the rally with a run on a single by Brauer (3-for-4) in the fifth. A two-run seventh inning got the hosts closer. Robinson had a RBI double and Soares a sacrifice fly.
“No matter what, this is a job,” Torres said. “This is pro ball. We struggled that for a bit, but we’re playing hard now. I’ve had my 11-year old brother in the dugout this week, and maybe his passion and excitement is helping get us going.”