Slammers propelled to victory by starter Chuck Lofgren who struck out eight through seven innings…
(Joliet, IL) – Joliet manager Mike Breyman said starter Chuck Lofgren (2-0) will not overpower you.
However, the lefty stuck out eight; overpowering the Florence Freedom (3-4) through seven innings, and leading the Joliet Slammers (4-3) to a 6-4 win in the first victory in franchise history against the Freedom Friday night.
Florence got on the board in the first inning after Eric Groff crushed a ball to left field for a solo home run. It was the only lead of the night for the Freedom, as Joliet would respond in the third with three runs.
Grant DeBruin led off the third with a single and Tyler Goodro followed him to the bases after getting hit by a pitch. Matthew Scruggs would come to the dish and drive in the Slammers’ first run of the ballgame on a RBI single.
Javan Williams filled the bases after a beautiful bunt down the third base line that would rest inches from the chalk in fair territory. After Nate Wilder popped out to the catcher, Michael Wing drove in two more to make it a 3-1 game on a two RBI single.
The Freedom made things interesting in the eighth after picking up two runs on a Kyle Maunus throwing error, but Shawn Kale would strike out Byron Wiley, Jacob Tanis and Ryan Skellie consecutively to limit the damage and end the inning.
Justin Erasmus would then close things down in the ninth for Joliet, picking up his third save of the year and securing the first win over the Freedom in club history.
The Slammers look to make it the second win in franchise history Saturday with Brett Zawacki (0-1) on the hill. Florence sends out Brandon Mathes (0-1) with the first pitch coming at 6:05 p.m.
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