Joliet Slammers win big in home opener

Defeat the Washington Wild Things 6-1on Tuesday, May 17

5/18/2016, 2:42 p.m.
It was opening night for the Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy Tuesday night, May 17 and the Slammers ...

It was opening night for the Joliet Slammers presented by ATI

Physical Therapy Tuesday night, May 17 and the Slammers came away with a

big 6-1 win against the Washington Wild Things at Silver Cross Field.

With the win, the Slammers improve their record to 2-3. The Slammers lost a

pair of games to the Normal CornBelters on Sunday.

The Slammers got things rolling in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday

night, scoring three runs on three straight hits and an error by

Washington's pitcher Brandon Hinkle on a pickoff attempt to first base.

Charlie White led off the game with a single and a perfectly placed bunt by

Phil Bates set up an Alfredo Rodriguez single to score White. White had a

great night at the plate going 3-3 with two walks and a run scored.

The Slammers were held scoreless until the fifth inning when Carter Bell

doubled with the bases loaded dropping a ball right behind first base in

the outfield grass.

Marc Flores, Jake Gronsky, and Boo Vasquez came around to score on the play.

Pitcher Brandon Hinkle was pulled for the Wild Things and replaced by Matt

Fraudin with the bases loaded. Fraudin got Melvin Rodriguez to strikeout

but could not get Bell, putting the game out of reach.

Bell was 1-3 with a walk on the night, but his three RBIs were huge in

giving the Slammers’ pitchers a comfortable lead to pitch with.

Joliet did all of this behind the strong pitching performance turned in by

Spencer Medick. Medick took care of the Wild Things’ lineup in his 5.1

innings of work. He allowed just one run on four hits and struck out three

batters to record the win.

Medick held the Wild Things scoreless through five innings, but they

finally broke through in the sixth.

Marc Rutledge replaced Medick in the sixth inning and got out of the sixth

inning without allowing another run to score. Rutledge went on to pitch 2.2

innings and allowed just one hit and struck out three.

Chris Rice came in for the ninth and shut down the Wild Things to complete

the Slammers' 6-1 win.

Tonight’s Merchants and Manufacturers Bank Player of the game is Carter

Bell for his three-RBI double in the fifth inning.

The Slammers and the Wild Things will be back at Silver Cross Field

Wednesday morning, May 18 at 10:05 a.m. for the second game of this

three-game series.

Kaleb Ort will be on the mound Wednesday for the Slammers. Ort had a strong

outing his first time out against the CornBelters going 5.2 innings,

allowing just two runs on two hits. Ort has an ERA of 3.17.