(Joliet, IL)- The Lake Erie Crushers scored early and often against the Slammers Saturday night in Joliet, handing the Slammers their fifth consecutive loss in a 10-2 final.
The Crushers got moving right away: after a leadoff single and a walk in the first inning, Russell Moldenhauer went deep off Slammers starter Matt Sommo to make it 3-0 early on. They tacked on another three in the second off a two-RBI single by J.C. Figueroa and a double from Daniel Bowman to take a six-run advantage midway through the second.
Joliet battled back in the home half when Kyle Maunus ripped a deep drive to left for a solo home run to put the game within five. But the Crushers continued to pound Joliet’s pitching and scored individual runs in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings for a 10-1 advantage.
The Slammers added one more run in the bottom of the ninth. Abel Nieves slapped a leadoff double into the gap, advanced to third, and came around on a groundout by Maunus, his second RBI of the night.
Matt Sommo made the start for Joliet on his birthday and surrendered six runs through the first two innings, and was stuck with the loss. Mike Barsotti, Rey Cotilla, and Brian Smith all threw in relief to complete the effort.
Joliet wraps up the homestand at Silver Cross Field Sunday afternoon with the Lake Erie Crushers on Bark in the Park Day, where fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to the yard. Fans can listen to the game on AM 1340 WJOL with Aaron Morse and Greg Talbott calling the action.