The Joliet Slammers scored four runs in the final four innings to rally for a 5-3 Frontier League victory over Gateway on Saturday.
Joliet got RBIs from Riley Krane and London Lindley, while Scot Hoffman allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six to get the win.
On Thursday, they won a 4-3 home victory to claim a series win over an Evansville team that is in second place in the Frontier League’s West Division.
The the Slammers hit the road for a Friday game against a team at the bottom of the West standings, Gateway, in the St. Louis suburb of Saugut, Illinois.
But the Slammers weren’t able to keep the momentum going after seeing an early 1-0 lead slip away as the Grizzlies scored twice in the seventh inning to capture a 2-1 win Friday. The two teams met again Saturday night in a contest that was after The Herald-News’ deadline. They will conclude the series at noon and 6:05 p.m. Sunday.
After allowing only two hits through six innings, Slammers starter Daren Osby allowed three hits in the seventh inning, including Zak Taylor’s two-out single that brought home Shawon Dunston Jr. for the eventual winning run. Osby finished the evening with 12 strikeouts.
The Slammers, who had four hits, got their lone run in the third when Jimmy Roche smacked a two-out home run off of starter Dominic Topoozian, who picked up the win after allowing only one run on three hits while striking out five batters. Lucas Lanphere allowed no hits in the eighth, and Geoff Bramblett yielded one hit in the ninth to record the save.
On Thursday, the Slammers used a three-run seventh inning to build a 4-0 lead over Evansville. Joliet got a home run from Roche (2 for 4) in the fifth to move in front for good.
Two innings later, the hosts took a 2-0 lead on an error before Jared Morello (2 for 4) singled home Chaz Meadows and London Lindley to provide valuable support for starter and winner Matt Quintana, who allowed three runs on six hits while striking out 11 in eight innings.
The Otters made things interesting in the ninth when Ryan Long hit a two-run homer to make it 4-3. But Ryan Koziol allowed one hit while striking out two to get the save.