The Joliet Slammers provided this account of today's game:
As usual, the Bums jumped ahead early and exploded for five runs in the first inning. With one away, Kyle Colligan and Jose Vargas walked, Chase Burch was hit by a pitch, and Jeff Flagg brought two home on a single, followed by a three-run homer by catcher Chris Kay.
Joliet trailed 5-0 until the third, but Ben Hewett and Jimmy Waters drew walks to lead off, and Abel Nieves launched a home run, putting the game within two.
Shortly thereafter, in the fifth, the Beach Bums went off for another five and batted through the order, courtesy of RBI doubles by Flagg, Kay, and a bases-loaded double by Brian Heere. With the 10-3 lead, they moved further in front in the seventh on a run-scoring base hit from Kyle Eveland.
The Slammers mounted a mini-comeback in the eighth with three runs. With two aboard, Erik Lis and Zach Mandelblatt notched RBI. The Bums extended the lead in the ninth on a two-RBI double by Jose Vargas.
The Slammers continue the six-game homestand Wednesday night at 7:05 against the Western Division-leading Schaumburg Boomers. If you can’t make it to the game, fans can listen live on AM 1340 WJOL with Aaron Morse and Greg Talbott calling the action.