(Joliet, IL)- The Slammers won their series finale with the Normal CornBelters Sunday afternoon in a 5-3 decision and enter the four-day All-Star break in high spirits.
An electric first inning saw six total runs cross the plate. Normal put two across in the top half when Patrick Trettel reached on a fielder’s choice and ex-Slammer Trey Manz laced an RBI single. Joliet powered back with four of their own, beginning with an RBI single by Hector Pellot which drove in Patrick Norris. Pellot would eventually tie the game scoring on a wild pitch by Normal starter Tyler Lavigne. With Erik Lis on base and two away, David Fox continued his hot streak with a two-run home run, making it 4-2 after an inning.
The Slammers added another run in the third when Fox singled again to score Abel Nieves.
Normal tacked on a run in an attempted comeback in the fifth when Chico Gomez doubled to give the game its final 5-3 tally.
Rookie Steven Maxwell tossed eight innings on eight hits and only three runs, while All-Star Amalio Diaz struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save.
The Slammers now head into the All-Star Break and return to action Friday visiting the Southern Illinois Miners for a three-game set. Fans can listen live on AM 1340 WJOL with Aaron Morse and Greg Talbott calling the action.