07/02/2012 9:01 PM
Pitcher Matt Crim (pictured) fired seven innings of four hit ball in the Windy City victory on Monday night.
(EVANSVILLE, Indiana )
--- Starting pitcher Matt Crim
allowed two unearned runs over seven innings but the Windy City Thunderbolts received a complete game shutout from right-hander Mike Recchia in the 2-0 win over the Evansville Otters
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Recchia allowed just three hits in the game while recording a season-high 16 strikeouts in the series-deciding victory.
Windy City was able to score the first run of the game in the very first inning on a fielding error from Evansville.
The Otters had their chance in the bottom of the first against Recchia. Center fielder Matt Sheely
worked a leadoff 10-pitch walk, stole second and moved ahead to third on a throwing error from Thunderbolt catcher Zach Aakhus. Recchia was able to work around the jam though, only to maintain the 1-0 lead. The right-hander was able to leave two runners on base in the second and third innings as well.
Meanwhile, Crim kept the deficit at just a single run. The Thunderbolts loaded the bases in the top of the fourth, only to see Crim induce third baseman C.J. Gillman into the inning-ending fielder's choice.
The Thunderbolts added a run in the seventh inning and watched as Recchia would give up just two hits over the final six innings. He threw 146 pitches in the 2-0 win at Historic Bosse Field.
Windy City is now 24-16 this season as Evansville is 17-25 overall.
Recchia (5-2) pitched all 9.0 innings for Windy City, recording his second complete game shutout of the year. Despite throwing 7.0 innings, Crim (0-6) receives the loss. Crim allowed two unearned runs, scattering four hits and striking out six batters.
Evansville will now begin a new three-game series against the Schaumburg Boomers on Tuesday night. It will be Edward Jones Night at the ballpark with Water works festitivites as well. Bring your swimsuit, have some fun out at Historic Bosse Field, and enjoy $1 popcorn too. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. CDT as right-hander Bryce Morrow
(2-4, 5.73 Earned Run Average) will start for Evansville and righty Robby Donovan (5-1, 3.83 ERA) will be on the mound for the Boomers.
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