Slammers drop home opener to Otters 6-3

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.