With 1 out in the bottom of the 1st, Riley Krane laid down an absolute beauty of a bunt down the 3rd base line that lead to a bunt single. Chaz Meadows, the ensuing hitter, scorched one into the left-center gap that one hopped the wall and brought Krane home to give the Slammers a 1-0 lead.
The Slammers added 2 more runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Peyton Isaacson led off the inning with a double down the right field line, then scored after Hoopii-Haslam lifted a single to center. Jared Morello walked later in the inning and scored after Riley Krane notched his 2nd hit of the game, giving the Slammers a 3-0 lead.
The Rascals managed to put up 8 hits, but only got 1 run out of those hits. They left the bases loaded twice and grounded into 2 double plays—both ended the respective innings. The Rascals 1 run came from a bases loaded walk.
Tyler Jandron was an escape artist tonight for the Slammers. Twice he loaded the bases, twice he escaped with minimal damage. Escaping jams does come with a high pitch count, and that’s what happened to Jandron in this game. He only lasted 5 innings and topped the century mark in pitches. In those 5 innings, Jandron only allowed 1 run on 7 hits, struck out 5 and walked 6. Mitch McIntyre came on in relief for Jandron.
After giving up 3 runs in the first 2 innings, Taylor Ahearn really settled in the for the Rascals. He only allowed 1 baserunner over his next 4 innings, then was eventually pulled after the 6thinning. Ahearn gave up the 3 runs on 6 hits, struck out 8 and only walked 1.
With this win, the Slammers finally win their first series in front of their home fans. They have also now won 2 games in a row and improve their record to 18-30. The Rascals fall to 25-22 with the loss and have dropped 2 in a row. The Slammers open another home series against the Windy City Thunderbolts, Friday, July 5th. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Winning pitcher: Tyler Jandron
Losing pitcher: Taylor Ahearn
Tonight’s Merchants and Manufacturer’s Bank Player of the Game is: Riley Krane (3-4, 1 RBI).
About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers play at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is entering its 27th season of play in 2019. Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/