The Slammers got on the board first in tonight’s game thanks to an RBI triple from Peyton Isaacson. Riley Krane, who led off the inning with a single, was the one who crossed the plate to give the Slammers a 1-0 lead.
After scoring their first run in the 2nd inning, the Slammers added another one in the bottom half of the 3rd inning. Harrison Bragg hit a 2-out single to bring home Clayton Harp, making a 2-0 game.
It was a hit by pitch that brought home the Slammers 3rd run of the game. They were able to load the bases with 2 outs thanks to a single, walk, and an error. Jacob Crum was the one who took one for the team and gave the Slammers a 3-0 lead after 6 innings.
Joliet took advantage of some poor defense from the Wild Things in the bottom of the 7th inning as they committed 2 errors, leading to 2 Slammers runs. Harrison Bragg launched a ball deep to center that was caught, but Clayton Harp was able to tag from 2nd and score on the play. Oliver Nunez also scored in the inning after a ball hit by Riley Krane was dropped, giving the Slammers a 5-0 lead.
Washington would make some noise in the top half of the 8th inning. They were able to push across 4 runs, one of which was on an obstruction call on Daren Osby. The tying run was on first base with 2-outs, but Ryan Koziol was able to come in and close the door on the rally. Koziol would also get credited with a save in tonight’s game.
Daren Osby was on cruise control through the first 7 innings for the Slammers. He struck out 7 while only giving up 2 hits. The 8th inning is where things got a little bumpy for Osby as he was responsible for all 4 runs the Wild Things scored. Osby finished his day with 7.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, and 11 K. He would get the win in tonight’s game.
For the Wild Things, Michael Austin was really let down by his defense. Austin allowed 5 runs, but only 2 of them were earned. Austin’s final line: 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 1 K. He would get the loss.
With the win, the Slammers take game one of this series and improve their record to 34-45. Washington falls to 33-48 with the loss. Game two will be Wednesday, August 14th, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Tonight’s Merchants and Manufacturer’s Bank Player of the Game is: Harrison Bragg (2-3, 2 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/