Wild Things Split Sunday Double Header with Boomers
WASHINGTON, PA--After Saturday's postponed contest, the Washington Wild Things split a doubleheader against the visiting Schaumburg Boomers to end their three-game series. Schaumburg defeated Washington in game one by a score of 7-6 in eight innings, while the Wild Things earned their first victory of the year by a score of 2-0 in game two.
In game one of the doubleheader, Washington's bats struck early in the bottom of the first when right fielder David Popkins singled to score center fielder Danny Poma. Popkins scored later in the at bat when first baseman Lee Orr doubled off of the outfield wall.
Schaumburg left fielder Tillman Pugh ruined Washington starter Ryan Bores' shutout hopes in the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run to put the Boomers within one. Bores finished his game one performance with five strikeouts in six innings.
Wild Things designated hitter Edinson Rincon answered the Boomers blast with a three-run double in the bottom of the fifth to give Washington a four-run lead. However, Schaumburg was able to tie it up in the top of the seventh to force both teams their first extra-innings game of the season.
In the eighth inning, Schaumburg plated two runs to take the lead heading into the bottom of the eighth. Washington was unable to provide a comeback and the Boomers captured the game one victory 7-6.
In game two, Washington Wild Things starter and Cranberry Township native Kyle Helisek earned the shutout victory for Washington as the Wild Things defeated the Boomers 2-0 in seven innings. Schaumburg pitcher Anthony Gomez suffered the loss.
Washington got their starter some run support early in the contest when catcher John Fidanza notched a two-run double in the bottom of the second. The extra base hit was Fidanza's first career at bat in the Frontier League.
On the mound, Helisek cruised through the Schaumburg offense, retiring five-consecutive Boomers in the middle of his 5.2-inning performance, with three on strikes. He finished his inaugural outing with three hits, five strikeouts and no earned runs.
Washington reliever Steve Messner came on in the top of the sixth inning, allowing just two walks and earning the save and Washington victory. For Game One box score click here: http://frontier.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=284433. For Game Two box score view here: http://frontier.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=247756
The Wild Things will take one day of rest and be back in action at CONSOL Energy Park when they host the Evansville Otters for a three-game series beginning Tuesday, May 19. First pitch for Tuesday's contest is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. For tickets, call 724-250-9555, stop by the box office or order online at washingtonwildthings.com/tickets. Fans can also listen to all the action with Randy Gore on WJPA 95.3 FM and/or follow live game updates on Twitter @washwildthings.
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