Williams throws three-hitter in Bolts' win
07/21/2010 8:02 PM
Dustin Williams threw his first career complete game in a three-hit shutout of the Washington Wild Things on Wednesday night at CONSOL Energy Park as the ThunderBolts took two of three from the Wild Things in Washington.
Windy City gave Williams a cushion before the right-hander even stepped onto the mound. Brandon Anderson reached in the first inning on an error and scored on another error with Ryne White making that contact. The Bolts added to their lead in the second when Michael Torres doubled, stole third and scored on Nick Kuroczko’s groundout.
The next five innings were a great pitchers’ duel with neither hurler allowing more than one runner per inning. Billy Muldowney was Washington’s starter and was good, just not quite as good as Williams. He lasted six innings, allowing just one earned run on two hits and striking out six.
It was against the bullpen, though, that the ThunderBolts’ offense made their push. In the eighth inning, with Chris Bennet pitching, Windy City racked up five runs on six hits, including RBI knocks from Ryan Basham, Zach Aakhus, Pete Paris and Gilberto Mejia. They made the score 8-0 in the ninth when Jeremy Hamilton drove in Anderson, who had reached on an error.
The story of the game, though, was Dustin Williams. Williams lasted just 3.2 innings against Lake Erie in his last start but turned things around on Wednesday, turning in his best start. He allowed just three hits with three walks and only once allowed a runner to reach third base. The eighth inning was the only one in which Washington had multiple men on base, but that was solved with an inning-ending double play. Williams struck out six men in the shutout and improved his record to 3-3 with the win. Muldowney dropped to 0-1.
After playing twelve of fifteen games on the road, the ThunderBolts return home for 15 of their next 21. They begin a six-game home stand Thursday night against the Kalamazoo Kings with first pitch scheduled for 7:05. It is Irish Night at Standard Bank Stadium as well as Bud Light Thirsty Thursday. The game can be heard on Sportsjuice.com.
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