CRESTWOOD, Ill. – Kyle Robinson scored one run and drove in two others, including the game-winner with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, as the Windy City ThunderBolts defeated the Wild Things, 3-2, Thursday night at Standard Bank Stadium.
The loss dropped Washington into a first-place in the Frontier League’s East Division with Southern Illinois, which won in 10 innings at Rockford, 6-3. Evansville won 6-1 at Schaumburg as the Otters pulled to within one game of the Wild Things and Miners.
Washington begins a three-series tonight at Evansville.
The Wild Things led 2-0 in the second inning but couldn’t push another runner across home plate the rest of the way against Windy City. Washington stranded a runner on third base in the eighth and ninth innings, then left the bases loaded in the 10th.
Scott Kalamar began the game with a double and gave the Wild Things a 1-0 lead when he scored as William Beckwith grounded out.
The lead grew to 2-0 in the second when Jim Vahalik singled, Ryan Kresky was hit by pitch and Pat Kregeloh reached on an infield single. When the throw to first base on Kregeloh’s hit scooted past the first baseman for an error, Vahalik scampered home to score.
Robinson doubled home Mike Torres in the third to pull Windy City to within 2-1. Robinson singled in the sixth and came around to tie the score at 2-2 on Ryan Soares’ double.
Washington had a good chance to score in the 10th when it had Kalamar on third base and Beckwith on first with one out, but Windy City reliever Reese McGraw (1-1) struck out Carter Bell for the inning’s second out. After Maxx Garrett was hit by a pitch to load the bases, McGraw struck out Vahalik to end the threat.
In the bottom of the 10th, Torres drew a two-out walk off Washington reliever Pat Butler (2-3) and scored when Robinson, the league’s leading hitter with a .366 batting average, doubled to right field.
Washington starting pitcher Troy Marks allowed two runs over seven innings. He gave up six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out eight.