Game Recaps

Late comeback sinks ThunderBolts in 3-2 loss

Bums 3 Bolts 2

CRESTWOOD, IL – The ThunderBolts erased a one-run deficit to take a late lead, but the Traverse City Beach Bums managed two runs in the eighth inning to earn a 3-2 victory at Standard Bank Stadium Wednesday night. 

Traverse City ambushed Windy City starter Eddie Avila in the first, as three pitches in, Orlando Rivera singled and Isaac Benard doubled him home to give the Beach Bums an early 1-0 lead.

Avila, though, would settle in. The right-hander retired 18 of the final 20 Beach Bums (39-46) he faced before being lifted with one out in the seventh inning. 

The Bolts (36-51) offensively were blanked by Traverse City starter John Havird until the sixth. With runners at the corners and two outs, Derek Bangert lined a ball to centerfield that scored Tim Zier to tie the contest at one. 

Following a Blair Beck single to load the bases, Axel Johnson trotted home thanks to a Matt Brown walk that gave the ThunderBolts a 2-1 advantage. 

Traverse City came right back with two runs in the eighth thanks to a liner off the leftfield wall hit by Will Kengor. John Michael Knighton came on in the ninth and retired the Windy City side in order to earn his 13thsave.  

Jack Anderson (2-5) took the loss after allowing two runs on a hit and two walks, while Tyler Barss (1-1) picked up the victory. 

Avila took a tough no-decision after allowing one run on three hits while striking out eight in 6.1 innings. The rookie owns a 1.67 ERA over his last 27 innings pitched with 31 strikeouts. 

The rubber game is scheduled for Thursday at 7:05. Patrick Ledet (6-5, 3.41) takes the bump against Traverse City’s Matt Murphy (3-4, 4.62). 

It will be the final “White Castle Wrestling Thursday” at Standard Bank Stadium with a one hour postgame wrestling show put on by “Wrestle League.” The first 500 fans 21 and over to the ballpark will receive a pint glass from Lakeshore Beverage. Those not in attendance may listen to the broadcast live through

Box Score

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

July 2024
June 2024
May 2024
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008