STL Legends Game This Saturday!

O’FALLON, MO – Only two days remain until the long awaited St. Louis Legends game!  The STL Legends game is taking place on Saturday, August 19th, at CarShield Field. The gates will open at 10:15 AM for the pre-game autograph meet and greet (sold out). Tickets are still available for the STL Legends game with gates opening at noon for the general public. The seven-inning baseball game will begin at 1:00 PM.

Eight former St. Louis Cardinals will play in the 2017 STL Legends Game, presented by Pella Windows and Doors. The illustrious roster includes Jim Edmonds, Skip Schumaker, Rick Ankiel, Fernando Tatis, John Tudor, Brad Thompson, Jason Isringhausen, and Kerry Robinson.  Several local celebrities and media personalities also playing in the STL Legends Game include Lux and Tim from NOW 96.3, Marc Cox and Jamie Allman from FM News Talk 97.1, Joe Roderick from 590 The Fan, former Blues player Cam Janssen, Charlie Marlow from Fox 2, Laura Hettiger and Matt Chambers from KMOV, and Blues On-Ice Host Angella Sharpe.

Tickets to the STL Legends Game are still available for $20. Game tickets are selling fast, so ensure your seat by purchasing your ticket today. Tickets can be purchased by calling (636) 240-2287, or by going online at www.rivercityrascals.com.

Stay up-to-date with everything happening with the Rascals by following the team on Facebook (@RascalsBaseball), Twitter (@rcrascals), Instagram (@rascalsbaseball), and SnapChat (@rcrascals).

 

Fun-Filled Weekend On Tap at Wild Things Park

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Join the Wild Things as they take on the Lake Erie Crushers this weekend, Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20, as there will be all kinds of things going on at Wild Things Park.

The fun starts Friday, as the first 500 fans will receive a free, WT-roster t-shirt when they enter the ballpark, coutresy of Mylan. Also being given away Friday, but to every fan, is a loaf of 5 Generations Bakers’ cinnamon swirl bread. Be sure to bring your glove, because fans will be able to play catch with the Wild Things from 6:20 p.m. to 6:40 p.m., thanks to FOX 53. After the game, cheer your Wild Things player on to see if your section of the park wins a special prize, brought to you by FOX 53 as they promote their fall line-up. Of course, as always, our spectacular fireworks show rounds out the evening’s activities just after the game.

Saturday, August 19, we will be having a Santonio Holmes, Super Bowl-hero themed jersey auction, presented by J&D Waterproofing! Super Bowl 43, champion Santonio Holmes himself will be here, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the jersey auction will go directly to the Santonio Holmes’ III & Long Foundation for Sickle Cell Anemia. Fans will also receive a travel mug, courtesy of PA Leadership.

The weekend will conclude with kid’s club day. It’s the last Sunday to redeem your kid’s club tickets. Sunday is also Bethel Park Night, as those businesses and citizens from Bethel Park can receive a special ticket discount for the game.

Also going on the entire month of August is our “Back-to-School” deal. For just $10, students of all ages receive a Wild Things notebook, a game ticket and a meal voucher. When we say all ages, we mean from elementary school all the way to college, because as everyone gets ready to go back to school, you could use another day of relaxation and a notebook, to check off your back-to-school supplies list.

For your tickets for this fun, action-packed weekend of baseball, visit washingtonwildthings.com or call the box office at 724-250-9555. The playoff race is heating up, so cheer on your Wild Things. Be here.

Otters Outlast Rain, Beat Freedom in Series Finale

FLORENCE, Ky.– The Evansville Otters sat through two rain delays and posted 15 hits in their 8-2 victory over the Florence Freedom on Thursday.

Evansville (43-37) saw their offense surge in the series finale after only scoring three runs in the doubleheader yesterday.

Florence (53-29) lost their longest win streak of the year, ending at nine games with the loss.

The Freedom were the first ones on the board in the bottom of the first inning.

Keivan Berges grounded out to Otters starter Ryan Etsell but brought in Taylor Oldham to make it 1-0.

In the third inning, the Otters took the lead.

Brandon Soat delivered on a two RBI single to score Jeff Gardner and John Schultz.

Nick Walker then followed up with an RBI single to make it 3-1.

Soat finished with three hits on the day.

The game entered two rain delays after the third inning.

The first lasted just seven minutes with the umpires electing to resume play with rain still falling.

Chris Riopedre took a ball and a strike before the game entered its second delay lasting one hour and 28 minutes.

Once play resumed, Evansville opened up their lead.

A Gardner RBI single brought in Ryan Long to give the Otters a 4-1 lead.

John Schultz then drove in Josh Allen and Gardner on a double to make it 6-1.

Florence answered in the bottom of the frame with their final run on a Jordan Brower RBI single to plate Andrew Godbold bringing the score to 6-2.

Evansville added on two more runs in the seventh for good measure.

Riopedre hit an RBI single as part of a four hit day to score Alejandro Segovia.

Long then followed up with his own RBI single to score Walker making it 8-2.

The rain delay forced the starters off the mound.

Ryan Etsell went three innings giving up three hits and just one run while striking out two.

Florence starter Sam Brunner took the loss giving up three runs on six hits in three innings. Brunner also walked three.

Kyano Cummings was awarded the win for Evansville.

Cummings went 3 and 1/3 allowing just two hits and no runs in his third win of the year.

Box Score: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=379306

The Otters will return to action on Friday against the River City Rascals.

First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. at Bosse Field.

Fans can listen on 91.5 WUEV and the Otters Digital Network with Lucas Corley (play-by-play) and Bill McKeon (color).

Tickets for August home games are still available by going to evansvilleotters.com or calling 812-435-8686.

Subscriptions for ODN are now on sale and more information can be found at evansvilleotters.com.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions. Group packages and single game tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

Home Runs, Pitching Guide ThunderBolts to Victory

CRESTWOOD, IL – A complete game performance from Will Landsheft in his second Windy City start propelled the ThunderBolts to a 5-3 victory in the series finale against Lake Erie at Standard Bank Stadium Thursday night.

The Bolts (43-37) gave Landsheft an early advantage in the first inning. Coco Johnson walked in front of Larry Balkwill, who sent his 16th home run of the season out to left field.

Lake Erie (38-42) answered in the subsequent frame. Sean Hurley reached on an error before Brandon Murray crushed a game-tying two-run homer out to right. That would be all the offense the Crushers were able to mount over the first six innings.

In an apparent battle of strength, the ThunderBolts would not be outdone in the long ball department as Tim Zier answered Murray’s homer with a solo shot of his own in the second to put his team ahead 3-2.

In the third, Windy City’s offense added some insurance thanks to a misplay by Crushers catcher Bryan De La Rosa. Keenyn Walker started the inning with a walk and Coco Johnson singled. With Kyle Wood at the plate, De La Rosa threw behind Johnson at first base, but the throw sailed into right field and resulted in a Walker run scored. Balkwill drove in his third RBI of the night on a sacrifice fly after Johnson was able to move to third on the misplay.

Landsheft cruised through the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings after retiring the side in order in four consecutive frames. In the seventh, Hurley mashed a solo home run to cut the Crushers deficit to 5-3, but that would be all for Lake Erie’s offense.

Juan Caballero (5-3), who entered tonight’s game with a 27-inning streak without allowing an earned run, got the loss after allowing five runs over five innings. Landsheft (6-8) was the winning pitcher after giving up three runs on three hits while striking out seven and walking none.

Box Score: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=379297

The ThunderBolts travel to Traverse City for a three-game series that begins Friday night. Windy City starter Jake Fisher (7-7, 3.14) will oppose Beach Bums right-hander Reinaldo Lopez (3-9, 3.87). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. and the broadcast can be heard on WXAV 88.3 FM andwxav.com.

Boomers Power Past Washington

SCHAUMBURG, IL —The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, powered past the visiting Washington Wild Things 8-2 on Thursday night in the finale of a three-game series.

Schaumburg led for the first time in the series by scoring four runs in the last of the third, taking advantage of an error on a run-scoring fielder’s choice from David Harris to clear the bases. Josh Gardiner added an RBI fielder’s choice in the inning as well. The runs were enough forKagen Hopkins, who tallied his ninth win of the season by spinning a quality start. The Boomers extended the lead with a two-run single fromTanner Pinkston in the seventh and a two-run homer from Sean Godfrey in the eighth. Godfrey has homered in back-to-back contests.

Hopkins worked six innings and struck out six while allowing just one run. The third-year Boomer owns a 4-0 record following a loss by the team. Hopkins is tied for third in the league in wins. Evan Boyd and Kyle Westwood finished out the decision. Schaumburg tallied 12 hits. Pinkston, Harris and Gardiner all tallied a pair.

Box Score: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=379294

The Boomers (56-25) continue to own the best record in the league and hold a commanding lead in the East Division while closing in on a playoff berth with a magic number of four for the division and a playoff berth pending results elsewhere. The homestand continues in Friday night at 6:30 p.m. against the Joliet Slammers with postgame fireworks and a green Boomers hat giveaway courtesy of Salvi, Schostok and Pritchard P.C. Make the Boomers part of your plans this season by calling (847) 461-FOWL (3695). Hear all of the game action this season on AM 1410 WRMN with the voice of the Boomers, Tim Calderwood.

More Info: The 2013 & 2014 Frontier League Champions and 2013 & 2016 Organization of the Year, the Schaumburg Boomers are an independent professional baseball franchise based in Schaumburg, IL. Named after the Greater Prairie Chicken, which once roamed throughout Schaumburg and the surrounding areas in the 19th century, the Boomers excel in providing fun, affordable family entertainment and the best customer service in the business.  With 48 home games including 22 fireworks shows, Boomers Stadium is the place to be for summer family fun!  For more information, visit www.boomersbaseball.com.

Beach Bums and Slammers Rained Out

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Due to continuous inclement weather, tonight’s game between The Traverse City Beach Bums and the Joliet Slammers, has been postponed. It will be made up when the Bums visit the Slammers on August 25th. Tonight’s scheduled Back to School Night, sponsored by Western Michigan University, has been moved to this Saturday night.

Tomorrow night, the Beach Bums welcome the Windy City Thunderbolts to Wuerfel Park for game one of a three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and the voice of the Beach Bums, Tom Willms, will go on the air with the Budweiser pre-game show at 6:45 on 101.9FM- The Bay.

Join the Beach Bums for a Strike Out ALS Awareness Night sponsored by Advent Home Medical, where the players will be wearing specialty ALS jerseys that will be up for auction throughout the game. Come on out and show your support and bid on these one of a kind jerseys. It will also be another Fireworks Friday event will a spectacular post-game fireworks display courtesy of ShockWave Pyrotechnics and Sponsored by 4Front Credit Union.

Individual tickets are now available, 24/7 at www.tcbeachbums.com, or by calling the box office at (231) 943-0100, Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, on non-game days, and from 10am until the seventh inning on game days.

Winning Ways Continue as Rascals Knock off Grizzlies

O’FALLON, Mo. – The River City Rascals (45-37) continued to roll Wednesday night and used a two run bottom of the eighth inning to sweep the two game series against the Gateway Grizzlies (24-57), 5-4, after a one hour and eight minute rain delay Wednesday night at CarShield Field.

River City has now won five of their past six games and are eight games over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Rascals trailed 3-1 and had failed to solve the opponent’s start Ja’Vaun West for the first half of the game.

Looking for their third comeback win in a row against the Grizzlies, Jason Merjano got things going with a leadoff single for his first hit of the night and then Josh Silver stroked a two-run home run over the left field wall to tie the game up at three.

“The home run put some life back into the dugout and we had a lot of momentum going for the rest of the game,” Silver said. “

Manager Steve Brook managed his bullpen well in the top of the eighth inning to keep the game tied and then the Rascals carried the momentum into the bottom half of the eighth inning and used five quality at-bats in a row to take two run lead.

Brandon Thomas drew a walk to put the tying run on base and then a sacrifice bunt from shortstop Johnny Morales put him in scoring position.

The Grizzlies elected to intentionally walk Josh Ludy to face Mike Jurgella and he responded with a go-ahead RBI single. Ludy got to third on the throw home and Jurgella darted into second giving the Rascals an opportunity to add to the lead.

“They had gotten me on some breaking balls earlier in the game so I sat on it and got a breaking ball up in the zone and did some damage with it,” Jurgella said.

Taylor Love pinch-ran for Ludy and he would end up scoring the eventual game winning run two pitches later on a sacrifice fly from Merjano.

Cody Mincey made his way from the bullpen to the pitching mound in the top of the ninth and despite the bases loaded and no outs, the righty allowed just one run, unearned, and struck out Evan Rogers looking for the final out to earn his team leading tenth save of the year.

Elwood was tagged with the loss and righty Storm Rynard took the win, his second of the year.

Both starters took a no-decision, including Rascals southpaw Dan Ludwig who tossed a quality start.

Ludwig allowed three runs, earned, on nine hits and struck out seven.

The first run came via a RBI single from Blake Brown in the opening frame to put the Grizzlies up 1-0 and then after Silver tied the game up in the fourth with a RBI single, Ludwig allowed a two-run home run off the bat of Brent Sakurai to put his team down 3-1.

Ludwig and four relievers were solid after that and went on to limit the Grizzlies bats and help the Rascals complete the comeback victory.

The win puts the Rascals in sole possession of the first wild card spot and look to build on their 45 win season on the road this weekend against Evansville.

Box Score: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=379299

The series kicks off a nine game homestand and first pitch on Friday night is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Bosse Field with righty Tim Koons on the mound.

Crushers Fend Off ThunderBolts

CRESTWOOD, IL – The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, took a thrilling, 9-7 victory over the Windy City ThunderBolts on Wednesday night. The Crushers (38-41) won just their third game over Windy City (42-37) in eight meetings.

The Crushers jumped out to an early lead in the first. Jordan Dean drew a one-out walk, and Conner Simonetti put runners on first and third with a single in the next at bat. Sean Hurley followed with a hard groundball that was bobbled by Riley Krane at third, and an errant throw home allowed Dean to score and put Lake Erie up 1-0.

The Crushers blew the game open with a three-run third. Bryan De La Rosa reached on a one-out single, and back-to-back walks to Tyler Urps and Kalawaia loaded the bases. Two batters later, Simonetti cracked a double to the wall in right-center, bringing in three runs to extend the advantage to 4-0.

Lake Erie continued to pile on with two more runs in the third. Brandon Murray led off with a double before Cody Lenahan launched a ball over the wall in right-center to push the Crushers lead to 6-0.

The ThunderBolts began to mount a comeback in the fifth. Kyle Wood started the frame with a single, and Tim Zier followed with a groundball to third that bounced off the glove of Lenahan, leaving runners on first and second. Corey Bass added a double in the next at bat to score Wood and put two men in scoring position, before a groundout to third off the bat of Ransom LaLonde brought in Zier to cut the deficit to 6-2.

The Crushers answered with a run in the top of the sixth when Kalawaia and Dean doubled in back-to-back at bats, but Windy City came back with four more in the bottom of the inning. Krane sparked the rally with a one-out triple, and Larry Balkwill lined ball over the left field wall in the following at bat. Wood then drew a walk, and two batters later, Bass connected for another two-run homer to bring the T-Bolts within one.

Lake Erie’s lead held until the bottom of the ninth. With one out already on the board, Bass smacked his second double of the game and LaLonde singled to tie the game at seven.

After a scoreless tenth, the Crushers broke through in the 11th inning. With Dean starting on second per the international tiebreak rules, Simonetti and Parker Norris cracked consecutive singles to plate a run and put runners on first and second. In an attempt to throw out Simonetti at second, pitcher Brian Loconsole threw the ball into centerfield, moving both men into scoring position. With Cody Lenahan at the plate, a wild pitch brought in Simonetti to give Lake Erie a 9-7 lead.

Chandler Jagodzinski (3-5) collected the win, allowing a run on three hits with two strikeouts over two innings of work. Connor Reed picked up his second save of the year, surrendering one hit in a scoreless inning. Lake Erie and Windy City finish their series with an 8:05 p.m EDT first pitch on Thursday. Juan Caballero (5-2, 3.28) will make the start for the Crushers.

The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, and 2011 Frontier League Organization of the year, play ball at Sprenger Health Care Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, Ohio.  The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.

Freedom Slaughter Otters to Sweep Twinbill

FLORENCE, Ky. — The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, swept a doubleheader from the Evansville Otters by scores of 6-2 and 12-1 on Wednesday at UC Health Stadium.

The first game began with Freedom (53-28) right-hander Cody Gray (9-3) and Otters (42-37) starter Trent Lunsford (0-1) matching zeroes for the first two innings until Florence loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. Andrew Godbold plated two runs with a groundball single to right field.

Keivan Berges enjoyed a four-RBI game, hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning and delivering a bases-clearing, three-run double off reliever Andrew Utterback in the fifth.

Gray allowed just two runs (one earned) on a Josh Allen RBI-single and a Brandon Soat solo homer over six innings, and Jamal Wilson pitched a perfect seventh inning.

In the second game, the Freedom quickly erased a 1-0 deficit, the result of a Dane Phillips RBI-double, by scoring three times in their first at-bat. After Taylor Oldham and Berges both singled off Otters starter Brandon Cook (0-1), Collins Cuthrell plated Oldham with a double to left, tying the score. Jordan Brower then followed with a two-run single to score Berges and Cuthrell, pushing Florence in front, 3-1 and knocking Cook out of the game after just one inning.

Evansville reliever Jason Broussard took over for the second and would allow a total of five runs over two and two-thirds innings, including a solo home run to Berges and a run-scoring double and a RBI-single to Ryan Rinsky.

Florence pushed their lead to nine in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to a RBI-single by Berges and a wild pitch by Otters relief pitcher Connor Little that allowed Godbold to scamper home. In the sixth, with Evansville’s Kyano Cummings pitching, Rinsky roped a single to right, giving the rookie catcher his first three-hit game of his professional career. Ozzy Braff next pinch-hit for Austin Wobrock and drove a two-run homer to left field.

Braulio Torres-Perez (5-1) tossed six innings of one-run ball, scattering just four hits and striking out five. Freedom reliever Jack Fowler struck out two in a scoreless seventh frame.

The two wins stretched the Freedom’s winning streak to a season-best nine games, and shrunk the team’s magic number to six.

Box Score Game 1: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=379304
Box Score Game 2: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=379305

Florence will look for their tenth consecutive win and third straight series sweep on Thursday when they send Sam Brunner (0-0) to the mound opposite Evansville’s Ryan Etsell (1-0) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at UC Health Stadium.

The Florence Freedom are members of the independent Frontier League and play all home games at UC Health Stadium located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, KY. The Freedom can be found online at FlorenceFreedom.com, or by phone at 859-594-4487.

Beach Bums Walk-Off In Dramatic Extra Inning Comeback

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums(31-47) overcame an early four-run deficit to defeat the Joliet Slammers(35-44), 6-5 in 10 innings.

Much like the first two games of the series, Joliet took an early lead on the Beach Bums. Tonight, in the first Ridge Hoopii-Haslam hit a two-run triple, then scored on an Edwin Gomez single, making it a 3-0 game. In the top of the fifth, with one away, Hoopii-Haslam hit a solo home run over the left field wall, adding to the Slammers advantage.

The Beach Bums sent nine men to the plate in the bottom of the inning to pull within one. Arby Fields led off with a single, Steven Patterson doubled, and Luke Lowery was hit by a pitch to load the bases. John Montgomery followed with a single into right, scoring Fields and Patterson. After a Jeremy Stidham walk, Quintin Alexander hit an RBI single to plate Lowery, making it a 4-3 game. With one out in the sixth, Patterson singled and then Lowery smashed a two-run bomb, deep over the right field wall, and the Bums led by one.

In the top of the ninth, with runners on the corners, David Gonzalez laid down a perfect safety-squeeze bunt, driving in Luis Diaz, sending the game into extra innings. Alexander started off the bottom of the 10th with an infield single to the left of the shortstop. After Josh Hauser moved Alexander to third with a perfect sacrifice bunt, Jeff DeBlieux hit a slow-rolling single to center. The throw to the plate was high and Alexander scored, sending the crowd at Wuerfel Park into a frenzy.

Augie Gallardo came into the game in the ninth and retired all five men to face him for his second win in as many nights. He improved to 5-7. Joliet’s Niko Uherek was solid in the seventh, eight, and ninth, but faltered in the 10th, giving up the winning run and falling to 0-1. With tonight’s win, the Beach Bums have won four straight, their longest streak of the season.

Box Score: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=379290

Tomorrow night, the Beach Bums and Joliet Slammers finish off this week’s four-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and the voice of the Beach Bums, Tom Willms, will go on the air with the Budweiser pre-game show at 6:45 on 101.9FM- The Bay.

It’s Back To School Night at Wuerfel Park, sponsored by Western Michigan University! Enjoy the last days of summer at the park for some baseball fun. Come out and enjoy $2 Locals Light from the Shorts Brewing Company. Also, enjoy a seat in the Biergarten, or check out the Sand Bar Wine & Bottle Shop, located on the first base side of the stadium. Northwood Soda is also available for $2 for fans who prefer a soft drink.

Individual tickets are now available, 24/7 at www.tcbeachbums.com, or by calling the box office at (231) 943-0100, Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, on non-game days, and from 10am until the seventh inning on game days.

Peoples-Walls Drives in Seven, Sets Franchise Record in Win

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – The Washington Wild Things (42-37) defeated the Schaumburg Boomers (52- 25) today in game two of the three-game series, winning the series and keeping their playoff hopes alive. Chase Cunningham (9-2) got the nod for game two, going five innings of five-run-baseball before being relieved by Jake Eaton in the sixth. Led by third baseman Kenny Peoples-Walls on his 24th birthday, the Wild Things were able to score 14 runs, a new game-high on the season, as they won 14-5.

The Wild Things set the tone in the very first inning as all nine batters came to the plate, as the team was able to score four runs on four hits. Left fielder James Harris scored the first run on a groundoout, and was soon followed by centerfielder Rashad Brown scoring on a fielder’s choice from right fielder Hector Roa. Catcher Kyle Pollock then notched a ground-rule double, pushing Roa to third for Peoples-Walls. KPW scored both runners by way of a single, putting Washington up 4-0 heading into Schaumburg’s first chance at the plate.

This score held until the bottom of the second when centerfielder Sean Godfrey sent a two-run homer over the left-centerfield wall, cutting the Wild Things lead in half. First baseman Tanner Pinkston brought the Boomers within one as he plated second baseman Andrew Brodbeck on a sacrifice fly in their half of the third inning. Washington then added to their lead in the top of the fifth as it scored two runs, highlighted by first baseman Kane Sweeny’s solo home run and Peoples-Walls’ second RBI single of the day.

Schaumburg would not go down easily, however, as left fielder Kyle Ruchim launched his fifth home run of the season, scoring two and putting the Boomers within a run for the second time.

The Wild Things bats got hot in the top of the seventh inning, as eight straight batters reached base safely, plating six runs and putting Washington up 12-5 heading into the seven-inning-stretch. This was the second time that at least all nine Wild Things batters came to the plate in the same half inning this game with the other coming in the first inning. By the numbers, it was also the fourth time that the Wild Things have scored six runs in an inning this season, and the six hits they earned are tied for second most in an inning on the year. The scoring plays in the inning were all two-run singles, as Brown, sec- ond baseman Kyle Reese and Peoples-Walls all contributed one of those.

In the top of the eighth, the Wild Things would not let up as Peoples-Walls continued to hit the ball well, sending a two-run homer over the fence, giving the Wild Things a nine-run cushion.

Peoples-Walls earned his sixth and seventh RBI on the day with his second home run of the season, setting a new franchise record for RBI in a single game.

Box Score: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=379293

The Wild Things will look to sweep the league-leading Boomer in game three tomorrow, first pitch is set for 7:30 P.M. EST

Nunn Heading Back to Affiliated Baseball After Brief Evansville Stint

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After an impressive debut last Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs have signed left-handed pitcher Chris Nunn.

“Couldn’t be happier for Chris getting this opportunity with the World Champion Cubs,” Otters manager Andy McCauley said. “He was special as his first start showed and we wish him the best of luck.”

On Aug. 9, Nunn struck out nine Florence batters as he allowed two runs-one earned-off three hits in five innings. After the first two batters he faced reached base, Nunn regrouped to strike out the next seven in a row. Through three innings, Nunn had eight strikeouts.

Nunn had a 1.80 ERA with Evansville in one start and he’ll be assigned to the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate (Tennessee Smokies of the Southern League) immediately.

A Cordova, Tenn. native, Nunn was drafted in the 24th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres. He spent four years in the Padres’ organization and also spent time with the Brewers’ organization earlier this season.

Nunn has a 4.01 career ERA in affiliated baseball with a 20-4 record. His best season came in 2013 with the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League, where he went 8-2 with a 2.77 ERA.

Nunn joins Matt Wivinis (Yankees), Ryan Atkinson (Diamondbacks), Tyler Vail (Diamondbacks) and Max Duval (Marlins) as former Otter pitchers signed and still active with affiliated organizations since 2016.

Evansville returns home to Bosse Field Friday when the team partners with the city’s “E is for Everyone” campaign. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. and gates will open an hour before.

Tickets for August home games are still available by going to evansvilleotters.com or calling 812-435-8686.Subscriptions for ODN are now on sale and more information can be found at evansvilleotters.com.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions. Group packages and single game tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

ThunderBolts Get Shutout Win As Part of Doubleheader Split

CRESTWOOD, IL – Zac Westcott struck out a career-high 11 in his first career complete game shutout as the Bolts salvaged game two of a doubleheader with the Lake Erie Crushers 6-0. The Crushers came from behind for a 5-3 win in game one.

Game one was the completion of a suspended game that began on June 29 and play resumed on Tuesday night with the Bolts (42-36) trailing 2-0 in the third. They clawed back with single runs in the third, fourth and sixth. They got two RBI singles from Tim Zier and an RBI groundout from Keenyn Walker to capture the 3-2 lead.

Lake Erie (37-41) tied it in the seventh on a Jordan Dean RBI single. They reclaimed the lead the next inning as Bryan De La Rosa doubled and came home on a groundout. They added an insurance run in the ninth on a wild pitch.

Justin Sinibaldi (4-3) earned the win out of the bullpen and John Jaeger (0-1) took the loss, allowing the winning run.

Westcott came out strong in game two, retiring the first eight batters he faced.

Nick Deeg matched him through the first three innings but the Bolts broke through in the fourth. With two men on, Zack Jones doubled to break the scoreless tie. A throwing error on the play allowed two more runs to score, making it 3-0.

They tacked on with a solo homer from Coco Johnson in the fifth and a two-run Ransom LaLonde double in the sixth to put it away.

Westcott (6-4) got the win, allowing only five baserunners in seven innings. Deeg (1-2) allowed three earned runs in five innings for the loss.

Box Score Game 1: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=423290
Box Score Game 2: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=379295

The series continues with game three on Wednesday. TJ Santiago (3-4, 5.82) gets the start for the ThunderBolts against Lake Erie’s Adam Quintana (3-4, 3.51). It is “Win It Wednesday” at Standard Bank Stadium. If the Bolts win, all tickets become vouchers for any other home game in 2017. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 and the broadcast can be heard through wcthunderbolts.com.

Rascals Power Past Grizzlies

O’FALLON, Mo. – The River City Rascals (44-37) scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to race past the Gateway Grizzlies (24-56), 11-6, Tuesday night at CarShield Field and climb their way into the final wild card spot with 15 games remaining.

In total, the hometown team tallied 13 hits, four short of the season high, and slugged three home runs en route to their series opening win.

Clint Freeman and Johnny Morales each notched three RBI and Josh Ludy picked up a three hit game, giving him three multiple hit affairs in the past four games.

The Rascals got on the board first in the bottom half of the second inning with back-to-back hits, including a RBI double from Josh Silver against the Grizzlies starter Alec Kisena.

Clint Freeman extended the Rascals lead to 2-0 with his ninth home run of the year in the bottom of the third, tying his long ball mark from last season.

However, the game took a turn after that and Rascals starter Reese Gregory ran into some bad luck in the top of the fourth inning.

Looking for his team leading ninth win of the year, the righty walked Blake Brown and then Cody Livesay reached on a bunt single down the third base line. Jack Hranec followed that up with a broken bat single and then after a shallow fly out that held all the runners on their respective bases, Brent Sakurai lifted a ball to right center field that barely cleared the wall for a grand slam and put his team up 4-2.

Gregory would hold the Grizzlies scoreless the remainder of the inning but then allowed a two-run home run to slugger Blake Brown one inning later and faced a 6-2 deficit.

The runs in the fifth inning didn’t stop there and the Rascals retaliated with one of their largest offensive innings of the season and put up a seven spot in the bottom of the frame.

Thirteen batters reached in total and four players tallied at least one RBI, including Johnny Morales who brought the Rascals within two runs with his sixth home run of the year, doubling his previous career high set in 2016.

“I just tried to put the ball in play and it so happened to go out the way that it did,” Morales said. “I was happy to drive in two runs and start a big inning that ended up scoring seven runs.”

Jason Merjano notched an RBI single three batters later to cut the deficit to one run and then Silver tied the game at six with a sacrifice fly.

Silver was the final batter of the night for Kisena and Grizzlies manager Phil Warren called upon former New Mexico State Aggie Ruger Rodriguez with one on and two outs.

Paul Kronenfeld was intentionally walked to put two runners on and Braxton Martinez drew a walk after that giving the Rascals a bases loaded situation. The man at the plate was Clint Freeman and he drove in the eventual game winning runs with a two RBI double to give his team an 8-6 lead.

With the lead, the Rascals drew back-to-back walks, including a walk to Johnny Morales with the bases loaded to give him his third RBI of the inning.

The bases loaded walk was the final run of the frame and then the final two Rascals runs occurred after the stretch with back-to-back home runs from Paul Kronenfeld and Braxton Martinez.

Both solo shots came within the first three pitches of the inning from the Grizzlies second reliever of the night, Tanner Cable.

“Our guys came back and rallied tonight and I thought we put together really good at-bats most of the game,” manager Steve Brook said. “When we have a lot of quality at-bats and don’t strike out a lot, good things usually happen, especially here at home.”

Reese Gregory ended up earning his ninth win of the year and allowed six runs, earned, on eight hits and struck out one.

Box Score: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=379298

The quick two game series wraps up Wednesday night before the Rascals embark on a nine game road trip.

“We need to keep this thing rolling and play every game like it’s the playoffs because at this point it really is like that for us,” Brook said. “We need to go after each game worrying about what we can do that night and then worry about the next day when it comes.”

First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. with Dan Ludwig on the mound

Wild Things Stave Off Schaumburg Comeback

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – The Washington Wild Things (41-37) won the series opener tonight against the league-leading Schaumburg Boomers (55-24) by a score of 8-7, despite the bullpen struggling in the bottom of the eighth. Trevor Foss (10-4) started on the mound going seven innings of strong baseball, finishing with a final line of eight hits, four earned runs and five strikeouts.

The Wild Things got the bats going quickly as the first three batters reached base to start the top of the second. Catcher Kyle Pollock led off the inning with a double to left field, and then was moved to third on a single from third baseman Kenny Peoples-Walls. Shortstop Mike Hill then singled in Pollock, giving Washington the first run of the game. Two batters later, designated hitter James Harris plated Peoples-Walls, pushing the lead to two.

In the top of the third inning, Pollock added to his successful day as he hit his eight homer of the season, this time in the form of a two-run shot to put the Wild things up by four. The Boomers saw themselves get on the board for the first time in the bottom of the inning, as they scored two runs highlighted by a sacrifice fly from left fielder Kyle Ruchim and an RBI double from shortstop Josh Gardiner, reducing to the deficit to two.

Washington started to pull away in the top of the seventh as they scored four runs. Centerfielder Rashad Brown scored the first run as he beat out a close fielder’s choice throw to the plate. Then after a walk to Pollock, the bases were loaded for Peoples-Walls who proceeded to unload them with a three run double, pushing the score to 8-2 heading into the stretch.

Schaumburg’s comeback attempt came in the bottom of the eighth as they chased Foss from the game after he allowed the first two men to reach base. The Boomers eventually put up a five-spot in total. It started when Holland singled in a run, ending Frank Trimarco’s night after only one batter. Gardiner then plated two on a base-knock, and Andrew Brodbeck scored one more by way of a book-rule double. This took Davis Adkins out of the game as well, bringing in Zach Strecker, the fourth Wild Things pitcher of the inning. Strecker walked the first batter, and allowed an RBI single to the second man he faced, allowing the Boomers to come within one after trailing five runs coming into the inning. He was then able to get the final two outs of the inning with the bases loaded, keeping the lead at one in favor of the Wild Things heading into the final inning. Strecker bounced back in the final frame, getting his 18th save and starting out the series with a close win for Washington.

Box Score: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=379292

The Wild Things look to win the series tomorrow as they play an afternoon game, with first pitch slated for 2:00 p.m. EST