WASHINGTON, Pa. (Aug. 11) – Washington swept the double header Saturday against Windy City by scores of 4-3 and 5-0, respectively. Both games saw solid pitching from both Wild Things’ starters. Michael Austin (1-2) tossed six innings while only giving up three hits, one walk and two runs. Austin also struck out four batters over his six innings. In game two, Jake Belinda (1-0) made his first start for the Wild Things and picked up the victory. Belinda tossed five scoreless innings while only letting up two hits, two walks and struck out six batters, as the Wild Things swept the doubleheader.
Washington (43-33) drew first blood early in game one after a two-run blast from catcher Kyle Pollock. That marked Pollocks 10th homer of the year and marked RBI numbers 45 and 46 for the two-time All Star.
Windy City (32-45) retaliated immediately in the top of the third with a two-run double by second baseman Tim Zier.
The game remained tied until the sixth when Hector Roa led off the inning with a single. Two batters later second baseman Carter McEachern followed up with a single of his own. After a walk was issued to first baseman Conner Simonetti, third baseman Ramsey Romano hit a sacrifice fly to score Roa and break the tie making it 3-2.
In the top of the seventh Wild Things closer Zach Strecker (5-3) took the mound to try and close out the game. Windy City was able to plate a run however, effectively giving Strecker his fourth blown save.
The bottom of the frame saw the Wild Things battle back and take game one of the series after a walk-off single form McEachern gave Washington its 43rd win of the season. The run that scored also gave Strecker his fifth win this year.