Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Corley (W, 5-8) threw the 16th No-Hitter in Frontier League history and the
first for the Windy City ThunderBolts (51-40) since Isaac Hess did the same on
August 5, 2008. The loss drops the Lake Erie Crushers (51-40) out of the
fourth and final playoff spot and leaves them one game behind, tied with the
Tyson Corley looked dominant early and he stayed dominant throughout the
game. The big right-hander for the ThunderBolts did not allow a base
runner until Jason Taylor drew a four-pitch walk with two outs in the fourth
inning. Corley would go on to only walk two more batters the rest of the
night while striking out nine.
An early offensive explosion helped Corley out as the ThunderBolts jumped all
over Crushers’ starter Eric Gonzalez-Diaz, who was surprisingly wild. The
ThunderBolts got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when Chris Wade
(2-5, R, RBI) singled with one out and Mike Torres (1-3) followed with a walk
to put runners on first and second with one out. After a flout by Chad
Cregar (2-4, R), Brandon Decker (2-4, R, RBI) singled up the middle to score
The ThunderBolts got right back to it in the bottom of the second when Jarek
West (4-4, 3 RBI, R) reached on an infield single and was driven home by Travis
Weaver (1-4, R, RBI) on a double down the left field line.
Daniel Bowman dug the ball out from the corner and threw it to Wally Correa who
relayed it onto home and the throw had West beat, but West crashed into catcher
Brian Erie and jarred the ball loose for the second run of the game.
Chris Wade then doubled to right field to drive in Weaver and make the score
With Gonzalez-Diaz still in the game, the ThunderBolts added one more in the
bottom of the third on a one out single by Brandon Decker and a double by Ryan
Cuneo (1-3, R, RBI). Gonzalez-Diaz only went the three innings as he was
then replaced by Randy Sturgill.
Sturgill shut down the ThunderBolts in order in the fourth, but they went right
back at it again in the fifth inning, taking advantage of some wildness from
Sturgill. Mike Torres lead off with a single and Chad Cregar followed
suit before Brandon Decker struck out swinging.
However, Sturgill then walked Ryan Cuneo and Crushers Manager John Masserelli
went to his bullpen and Travis Risser. Risser was able to get Zack Aakhus
(0-4) on a fielder’s choice, but before he could get out of the inning, Jarek
West came up and sent a line drive down the right field line, which cleared the
bases and increasing the ThunderBolts lead to 7-0.
But the story of the night was Tyson Corley, who has now allowed just two runs,
one earned, in his last 28 innings pitched. His last time out he threw a
complete game, but picked up the loss on an unearned run and this time he did
one better; by no-hitting the Crushers.
Tomorrow night’s starter for the Crushers will be Paul Fagan (7-8, 3.47) while
the starter for the Windy City ThunderBolts has yet to be determined.
With wins by the Schaumburg Boomers and the Florence Freedom, the Crushers are
now one game out of the fourth and final playoff spot in the Frontier
League. Tomorrow night’s game starts at 7:05 Central (8:05 Eastern).
by Jake Donnelly