Wild Things strike out at deadline
And so did almost every other team in the league. The only trade was the Rockford Aviators picking up a pitcher from the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the independent United League for a player to be named.
Washington did make one roster move, releasing catcher Cole Martin, a rookie out of the University of Michigan. Martin batted .357 (5-for-14) with three doubles and seven RBI in five games after being signed July 30.
The move leaves Washington with the league-minimum 22 active players.
With 16 games remaining the regular season, Washington trails first-place Evansville by one game in the East Division. Southern Illinois is 1½ games back of the Otters and Lake Erie is in fourth place, only two games out of first. Each division winner and the four remaining teams with the best records will qualify for the playoffs. Lake Erie currently holds the final playoff spot.
Washington is off until Wednesday (6:05 p.m.) when it hosts West Division-leader River City in a doubleheader. It’s the opening games in a six-game homestand that includes the Wild Things retiring the jersey number of Chris Sidick Friday night.
All 16 of the Wild Things' remaining games will be played against teams currently with a winning percentage of at least .568.