The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy hosted
the Evansville Otters (2-2) on opening night at Joliet Route 66 Stadium and
played a fairly even game until the top of the 7th inning when Otters
shortstop Toby Thomas had a two-run single to extend the lead to 6-3. The
Slammers fall to (0-4) with the loss.
It was an error filled night in Joliet with both teams combining for 7
errors and the Slammers and Otters took advantage. In the bottom of the
first, Travis Bolin reached on an infield single then reached second by a
throwing error. RJ Thompson hit a sacrifice fly, as well as Justin Garcia,
and brought Bolin home. In the bottom of the 3rd Chaz Meadows walked then
Justin Garcia singled and Meadows advanced to third. Chaz Meadows then
scored on a throwing error by the pitcher. Caleb Eldridge tacked on a run
after a solo homer in the top of the 4th for the Otters and a passed ball
scored Chaz Meadows to give the Slammers a run as well.
The Slammers and Otters exchanged runs back and forth through the
5th inning with both teams tacking on a single run in each inning they
scored. This scoring trend stopped however after Caleb Eldridge hit an RBI
single to plate Hunter Cullen and give the Otters a 4-3 lead in the top of
the 6th inning. The Otters also opened the lead up further after a two-run
single by Otters shortstop Toby Thomas which scored Manny Cruz and Ryan
Long giving Evansville a 6-3 lead. The Otters would hold onto this lead
until the conclusion of the game and keep Joliet winless in the 2018
campaign thus far.