ROSEMONT, Ill. — Gustavo Pierre homered for the third straight game, Austin Wright dominated and the Chicago Dogs evened the series against the Winnipeg Goldeyes with a 2-0 shutout win on Thursday night at Impact Field.
Wright (W, 6-7) was spectacular, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out nine over six shutout innings. It marked the Schaumburg native’s seventh start with at least eight strikeouts this season, and the left-hander has accumulated 35 whiffs over his last four starts.
Victor Roache opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with an RBI double off the left-field wall, plating Edwin Arroyo, to put the Dogs up 1-0.
Pierre then led off the bottom of the second with a solo shot, his third homer in as many games, to double the Dogs’ lead.
Wright cruised with five strikeouts and just one hit allowed over the next four innings, preserving the 2-0 lead.
Casey Crosby took over in the top of the seventh and promptly hurled a 1-2-3 inning. Rich Mascheri followed suit in the eighth with a perfect frame of his own.
With the tying run at the plate, Kyle Halbohn forced Willy Garcia to strike out to cap off the game, earning his twelfth save of the season.
The Dogs will activate dominant LHP Luke Westphal (10-2, 3.03 ERA) off the disabled list for tomorrow evening’s start, with first pitch set for 7:05 PM.
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