(Joliet, IL)- The Slammers never got rolling offensively on Sunday afternoon and dropped their series opener 5-1 to the Traverse City Beach Bums at Silver Cross Field.
Like Saturday’s game, the scoring was underway early. In the top of the second, the Beach Bums secured a leadoff double from Chase Burch, and with one out, Sean Gusrang slapped an RBI single to make it 1-0. Joliet tied it up in the bottom of the inning when Erik Lis scored on a Kyle Maunus groundout with runners on the corners.
Traverse City jumped ahead in the third with runners on second and third with no outs. Jose Vargas, who finished the game with two RBI, came to the plate and brought home Brian Heere from third on a sacrifice fly, making it 2-1.The Bums tacked on another three in the fifth inning on a run-scoring double by Vargas and a two-RBI single from Jeff Flagg.
Jacob Clem earned the win for the Beach Bums, throwing a complete game on just one run and five hits. Joliet’s Wander Alvino was stuck with the loss, surrendering five runs through six innings before Daniel Carela and Geoff Brown completed the effort.
The Slammers continue the six-game homestand Monday night at 7:05 at Silver Cross Field with the Bums in game two of the series before Schaumburg makes a return trip in the back half. 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.