06/28/2014 1:32 AM
Northwest Indiana Oilmen (12-7, 10-6)
at Chicago Zephyrs (3-14)
June 28, 2014 • Noon (CT) • Sugar Grove, Ill.
The Oilmen are fresh off a 5-0 victory over first-place DuPage County on Friday night. The Oilmen snapped opposing teams’ streaks three consecutive nights this week. Northwest Indiana allowed the Zephyrs to halt a six-game losing streak with Wednesday’s loss and helped Joliet end a 10-game skid on Thursday, before causing the Hounds’ 8-game winning streak to come to an end on Friday night. After committing 10 errors over two games Wednesday and Thursday, the Oilmen played flawless defense while watching DuPage County commit four blunders on Friday night.
Inside the Oilmen
Cameron Linck tossed seven shutout innings on Friday night and earned the win, improving to 4-0 this season. He now leads the league in wins and ranks fourth in the Midwest Collegiate League in earned run average at 1.55. Among pitchers who have worked enough innings to qualify, only DuPage’s Patrick Bellinger and Pat Cashman and NWI’s Scott Jerge have better earned run averages. Linck was the first Oilmen starting pitcher to remain in a game beyond the sixth inning this season. The Oilmen pitching staff has now shutout the opposition a league-best four times this year.
Inside the Zephyrs
After defeating the Oilmen 11-2 on Wednesday, the Zephyrs suffered a 7-5 setback on Thursday night against Lexington. Chicago ace Ben Krusen hurled a complete game and struck out 12 in Wednesday’s victory. On Thursday against the Snipes, the Zephyrs started Lorenzo Aguayo, who was tagged for four earned runs on five hits and four walks in four innings.
About the Matchup
The Oilmen and Zephyrs split the first two games of the season series with each squad capturing one victory at Oil City Stadium. The two teams had two other scheduled meetings that were rained out. The Oilmen and Zephyrs will meet six times in the month of July, including a doubleheader at Oil City Stadium on Sunday, July 20 and a one-game makeup on Monday, July 28.
Around the MCL
The Oilmen and Lexington Snipes remained tied for first in the Midwest Collegiate League with both squads victorious on Friday night. The Snipes defeated the Southland Vikings 4-1 to extend their winning streak to six. With the win on Friday, the Oilmen pulled back within four games of the Hounds in the Midwest Collegiate League standings.
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