ThunderBolts Notebook: Tingle looking for a longer no-no
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media August 24, 2014 9:48PM
Windy City's Travis Tingle pitches against the Gateway Grizzlies in Crestwood, Illinois, August 4, 2014.| Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 25, 2014 2:13AM
For the second time this season, Windy City ThunderBolts pitcher Travis Tingle tossed a no-hitter against the Florence Freedom on Wednesday night.
Tingle no-hit the Freedom in a rain-shortened five-inning game June 19 and did it again in Wednesday’s seven-inning contest.
Wednesday’s was extra special as it came in Tingle’s home state. He’s a native of Louisville, about a two-hour drive from Florence.
“Being back home and having family and friends out there, it was pretty nice,” Tingle said. “It was kind of funny because we were up (8-0) and it was the second game of a doubleheader so by the time it got late in the game the guys in the dugout were saying there were more fans of us left than Florence fans.”
Tingle is the first player in Frontier League history to throw two no-hitters in the league.
In the June 19 game, Tingle finished the fifth inning with no idea that he had just completed a historic performance. It wasn’t until after a 50-minute rain delay that the game was called.
Wednesday was different. Tingle was on the mound knowing he had a shot at the no-hitter, which certainly ramped up the intensity.
“I told the guys I hated it because no one could talk to me on the bench,” he said. “It’s that whole superstition with no-hitters and all. For the last out, I was definitely pretty nervous. It was a lot different than the first no-hitter, which just kind of ended.”
Tingle got Chance Ross to ground out to short for the last out Wednesday, and his dominance of his home state team continued.
“I don’t know what it is,” he said. “It’s just one of those things where I felt good at the right time against them.
“I just need a nine-inning one now. I have a five and a seven, so nine needs to be next.”
Home sweet home?
The T-Bolts haven’t had a losing home record since 2006. Entering Sunday, they were 20-23 this season at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.
Windy City needed to go 6-2 over its final eight home games to avoid the losing home mark.
After Sunday’s doubleheader with Joliet, the T-Bolts have a home series against Schaumburg, which is battling for a playoff spot, beginning Friday. They close the season with three home games against Traverse City, which is out of contention, from Sept. 2 to 4.
After making 11 starts with the T-Bolts in 2013, Brian Oliver began this season with the Amarillo Sox of the American Association, but was released after just two appearances and found himself pitching for the semi-pro Kitchener Panthers in Ontario, Canada.
Now, Oliver is back in the pros and back in Crestwood. With a roster spot open after Windy City traded Daniel Cropper to Gateway, Oliver was signed. He went five strong innings Friday before giving up four runs in the sixth in a loss to Joliet.