(Joliet, IL)- The Slammers completed the 2012 season series with the Windy City ThunderBolts Monday night at Silver Cross Field in an 8-5 defeat.
After suffering a loss in game two, Joliet pounced for three runs in the first inning for the early lead. Erik Lis bashed his fifth home run of the season for a two-run advantage, and Eric McGee slapped a run-scoring double. They added another in the second when Abel Nieves brought home a run on a fielder’s choice.
The ThunderBolts would go on to score eight uncontested runs. They started their assault in the fourth on an RBI single by Ryan Cuneo, and cut the lead in half in the fifth on a solo home run by Brandon Decker. C.J. Gilman tied the game on a two-run single in the sixth, and Windy City took the lead later in the inning when Decker punched a single to bring home Gilman. They would go on to add another three runs in the seventh to make it 8-4.
Joliet was set up for a ninth inning comeback with two on and nobody out. Abel Nieves brought one around to make it 8-5, but they squandered the rest of the opportunity, grounding into a double-play and striking out to end the ballgame.
Hector Pellot and “Captain” Jake Renshaw appeared as Slammers for the final time Monday. Pellot will return to his native Puerto Rico to pursue a college degree, and Renshaw is choosing to focus on full-time parenting with his family in California.
The Slammers hit the road for another six-game road trip starting Tuesday, beginning in Evansville against the Otters. Fans can listen to the game on AM 1340 WJOL with Aaron Morse calling the action.