News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 28, 2012

No no-hitter, but Rex triumphs

Craig Pearson
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Kyle Zimmerman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, lost his control and the lead, but the Terre Haute Rex offense had an immediate answer Friday night at Bob Warn Field.

Terre Haute’s 5-3 victory against the first-half West Division champion Dubois County Bombers allows the Rex to maintain a 31⁄2-game lead in the race for the second-half title with nine games remaining. The Rex have now beaten the Bombers four of the last five meetings and hold a 7-3 advantage on the season.

Zimmerman walked four and struck out seven, allowing just two singles by the Bombers.

“Struggled with the zone a little bit, but we were throwing a lot of strikes, let them put the ball in play and we made some great plays on defense,” Zimmerman said. “Casey [McCurdy] had a big two-run double, gave us the lead and some confidence going into the last couple innings. It’s always great to get the ball at home with that huge crowd here supporting us.”

In the Rex seventh inning, Michael Schroeder led off with a walk and Nick Johnson’s second hit of the game had the Rex in position to strike.

Brian Norwood sacrificed the runners to second and third, and manager Brian Dorsett called upon ISU outfielder McCurdy to pinch-hit against right-hander Pichi Torres.

McCurdy answered the call with a line-drive double to the gap in right-center field with a 2-1 count.

“I wasn’t trying to do too much, just trying to hit a single up the middle, and he left the pitch up and I was able to hit it into the gap,” said McCurdy, who talked about the game with a pair of ISU teammates. Landon Curry went 0 for 4 for the Bombers and — batting cleanup — Jeff Zahn had a triple in the eighth. “They were a little bitter after the game, but it’s all fun out here.”

While Zimmerman did not pick up the win, he maintained his 4-0 record on the summer. Alex Sachs (1-0) got his first win, keeping his earned-run average at 0.87 on the season with 22⁄3 innings of scoreless relief.

“He’s got really good stuff. Really tight breaking ball. He’s a go-to guy before we get to [closer Nick] Blount,” Dorsett said.

Sachs got help from the Rex defense. With the infield drawn in and the Rex ahead 4-3, Spencer Mahoney made a diving play with Zahn on third with nobody out in the eighth, and Edmund Cheatham made a diving play at second base to get the second out of the inning.

Cheatham added a highlight-reel play in the fourth, sliding on his knees to his right to rob a hit from Dalton Rouleau that kept Zimmerman’s no-hitter intact.

“Last night was a bad game all the way around, but we won. Tonight, we felt confidence in ourself so infield in we made big plays,” Cheatham said. “Anytime we beat [the Bombers] and Quincy, those are good wins.”

Dorsett was happy to see his team execute the fundamentals.

“The guys are playing well defensively. We talked about that before the game. We wanted to play a clean game after how we played last night. We bunted the ball, got some timely hits,” said Dorsett, who was thrilled for McCurdy. “Big pinch-hit opportunity for him. He’s starting to see the ball well, he’s starting to see it and drive it.”

Rex 5, Bombers 3

Dubois Co.    ab    r    h    bi    Terre Haute     ab    r    h    bi

Curry lf    4    0    0    0    Cheatham 2b    3    1    0    0

Ausmus 2b    5    0    0    0    Chandler rf    3    0    1    0

Rouleau ss    4    0    0    0    Kempf cf    4    0    1    1

Zahn rf    3    1    1    0    Schroeder 1b    3    1    0    0

Daily 3b    4    1    1    0    Johnson ss    2    2    2    0

Brake dh    3    1    1    1    Norwood dh    1    1    0    0

Tavares c    2    0    1    1    Teschner c    2    0    0    0

Conner 1b    4    0    1    1    McCurdy ph-lf    1    0    1    2

Nyman cf    3    0    0    0    Mahoney 3b    3    0    0    1

Reynolds lf    2    0    0    0

Bowles c    1    0    0    0

Totals    32    3    5    3    Totals    25    5    5    4

Dubois Co. Bombers    000    000    300    —    3

Terre Haute Rex    000    020    21x    —    5

E —  Hayes, Torres. LOB — DC 8, TH 2. 2B — Conner (13), Johnson (9), McCurdy (6). 3B — Zahn (2). SH — Norwood 2. CS — Johnson

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO

Dubois County Bombers

Torres (L, 2-3)    7    4    4    2    2    7

Hayes    1    1    1    1    2    1

Terre Haute Rex

Zimmerman    6    2    3    3    4    7

Reifers    1⁄3    2    0    0    1    1

Sachs (W, 1-0)    22⁄3    1    0    0    1    2

WP — Zimmerman. PB — Tavares. T — 2:27. A — 1,042.

Next —  Terre Haute (16-6) plays tonight at second-place Quincy (12-9). Dubois County is 9-13.