The Slammers were able to load the bases before recording an out in the bottom of the 1st inning but could only come up with 1 run. Harrison Bragg hit into a double play that brought home Clayton Harp, who singled to open up the inning.
Southern Illinois opened the game up in the top of the 2nd inning. Taylor Sparks hit a 2-run homerun to dead center, and the hitting didn’t stop there. The Miners scored another 3 runs in the inning making. The Slammers were able to get one of those runs back, however. Jacob Crum came around to score on a single by Jimmy Roche. The score was 5-2 after 2 innings.
For the second time in this game the Slammers loaded the bases before recording an out, and this time they made it count. Clayton Harp hit a slow roller up the middle that found its way to center field—that brought home Tommy LaCongo and Jimmy Roche. The hitting didn’t stop there for the Slammers. Harrison Bragg roped a double to center—that brought home Harp. And for the 3rd time in 3 games, Riley Krane hit another homerun to complete the 6-run inning for the Slammers. Slammers led 8-5 after 4 innings.
The Miners took the lead in top half of the 6th inning after putting up 3 runs, with the big hit being an RBI double from Kyle Davis. Miners led 9-8 after 6 innings.
The Slammers were able to tie the game up in 8thinning thanks to a 2-out RBI single from Dash Winningham. Clayton Harp, who led off the inning with a single, was the one who scored the run.
Clayton Harp had himself a day. He went 4-6, with his 4th hit being the biggest of them all. With bases loaded and 2-outs in the 9th, Harp ripped a single up the middle to give the Slammers a walk-off win.
Daren Osby didn’t get the outing he was hoping for, but he did manage to keep the Slammers within striking distance. He pitched 4 innings, gave up 5 runs on 5 hits, struck out 4 while allowing 5 walks. Osby would get a no decision in the game.
For the Miners, Ryan McAuliffe came out of the gate hot, then was roughed up in the 4th inning. Through his 4 innings, McAuliffe gave up 8 runs on 12 hits, and didn’t tally a strikeout. McAuliffe would also get a no decision in today’s game.
Tonight’s Merchants and Manufacturer’s Bank Player of the Game is:Clayton Harp: (4-6, 3 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 at www.facebook.com/