White displays might in ThunderBolts’ win over Schaumburg Boomers
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media August 31, 2014 8:46PM
Updated: September 1, 2014 2:11AM
With one swing of the bat and one strong throw Sunday, Max White put a stop to one of the worst stretches in Windy City ThunderBolts history.
White hit a three-run home run in the first inning and gunned a runner out at the plate in the fourth as the T-Bolts snapped an eight-game losing streak and salvaged the final contest of what had been an ugly series against the Schaumburg Boomers, winning 5-4 at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.
“A home run is always good motivation for the team, especially in the first inning,” White said. “I think it got us going and we fed off that. We’ve got to keep playing for each other these last few games.”
The Boomers (58-35), who are battling for the Frontier League West Division title — they entered Sunday tied with River City for first — and have clinched a playoff spot, embarrassed Windy City (32-60) on Friday and Saturday, winning 18-2 and 16-1.
Sunday’s game seemed headed in a similar direction when Alexi Colon led off with a home run against T-Bolts starter Eli Anderson.
Windy City struck back in the bottom of the first, though. Mike Torres (2-for-4) and Ryan Soares (2-for-4) singled before White hit a towering three-run shot to left-center.
“Their catcher (Mike Valadez) likes calling for inside fastballs,” White said. “I was looking for one and got it.”
After Schaumburg pulled to within 3-2 in the second, the T-Bolts made it a two-run game again in the third as Soares, Davison Peguero (2-for-4) and Garrett Carey produced singles, Carey’s a two-out RBI.
The Boomers got a run in the fourth and appeared poised to tie it, but White fielded Gerard Hall’s single in center field and gunned out Mark Nelson at the plate to protect the lead.
“I knew who the runner was and I knew if I made a good throw, I could get him,” White said. “I thought I had air-mailed it a bit, but fortunately it was on target.”
Andrew Brauer’s first home run of the year, a moonshot to straight center that was among the longest homers hit at the park this season, made it 5-3 Windy City.
“I’d been in a slump and I was joking with my teammates saying ‘I’m hoping for a seeing-eye single,’ ” Brauer said. “He threw me an inside fastball and I got ahold of it. It was a good time for my first one.”
Schaumburg again pulled to within a run on Tony Delmonico’s homer in the eighth.
Anderson (2-8) departed after a career-high 72/3 innings. He allowed four earned runs on nine hits, struck out four and walked one.
Reese McGraw got the final four outs to pick up his third save. Schaumburg got two men on with two outs in the ninth on a hit by pitch and walk, but McGraw got Joe DePinto to line out back to the mound to end it.