NEW YORK – Rising sophomore Tim Giel is off to a good start with the Butler (Pa.) BlueSox of the Prospect League.  After four starts with the BlueSox, Giel is 2-1 with a 1.73 earned run average, including a win on Wednesday, June 23.

After a rain delay of an hour and 32 minutes, Giel fired 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits, helping lift the BlueSox to a 5-1 win over the Springfield Sliders. 

“I went in there with the mentality to throw strikes,” Giel said to ButlerBlueSox.net after the game. “That’s what I did and got some good defense behind me. We did what we needed to do to get off to a good start.”

Geil struck out a season-high eight batters in the victory.

“All three of my pitches were working well,” Giel said. “The past couple of games I only had two working, so I was pitching more for contact and got good defense behind me, but tonight was definitely a good night for strikeouts.”

The BlueSox have won two straight and are 8-9 in the Prospect League's Eastern Division. 

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