JOLIET – After dropping a tough 11-inning loss in their series opener against Gateway, the Joliet Slammers hoped to bounce back with a win on Saturday ,but the visitors did their best to make sure that they certainly would have to earn it.
The Slammers were opportunistic to start off their seventh inning, and that proved to be the difference as they went on to capture a 3-2 Frontier League victory Saturday over the Grizzlies at DuPage Medical Group Field.
In the seventh, London Lindley (2-for-4) led off with a single to center and was sacrificed to second by Jared Morello. Lindley then stole third base and came home on a wild pitch.
Both starting pitchers, Joliet’s Wes Albert and Gateway’s Dominic Topoozian, allowed two runs in six innings. Drew Peden retired the side in the seventh and got the first two outs in the eighth before allowing two walks. Mario Samuel walked the next batter to load the bases, but then coaxed a grounder to shortstop Chaz Meadows, who got the force at second.
Gateway scored a run only two batters into the game on a double by Conner Owings, but Joliet strung together four straight hits in the third to take a 2-1 lead. Riley Krane doubled in Oliver Nunez (2 for 4).
The Slammers also received 2-for-4 effort from Peyton Isaacson, who singled in Krane for the Slammers’ second run.
In Friday’s opener, the Slammers had plenty of opportunities to win in a game that lasted 11 innings before Gateway prevailed, 3-2.
While Joliet left only six runners on base, compared with 12 for the Grizzlies, it struck out 17 times against six different pitchers.
Leading the Slammers were Peyton Isaacson and Oscar Nunez, who both went 2 for 4. Nunez singled in Isaacson in the second inning. In the sixth, Riley Krane tripled home Chaz Meadows to force a 2-2 tie. Daren Osby turned in a good start, allowing two earned runs and seven hits while getting seven strikeouts in eight innings.