AVON, Ohio – Grant DeBruin continue his hot hitting, belting a solo home run and an RBI single in the Joliet Slammers', 6-2, victory Sunday over the Washington Wild Things, who had won the first two games of the weekend series.
The Slammers went ahead, 2-1, in the third inning on Marquis Riley's run-scoring triple and Russell Moldenhauer's groundout. DeBruin's homer made in 3-1 in the sixth, and Joliet added three in the eighth on DeBruin's single, Adam Giacalone's double and Jose Garcia's sacrifice fly.
Riley finished with three hits and shortstop Max Casper made two outstanding defensive plays. Jake Hermsen started and gained the victory. Jordan Wellander retired the first nine men he faced in relief.
The first two games of the series were bitter pills to swallow as the Slammers lost, 5-4, on a walkoff two-run homer Saturday night after falling, 6-5, in the 11 innings Friday night.
DeBruin's two-run homer gave the Slammers a 2-0 lead in the first inning Saturday. Joliet was up, 3-1, in the fourth inning when Washington scored twice off Blair Walters to tie. It stayed, 3-3, until the eighth, when Casper's squeeze bunt drove home the go-ahead run.
However, the Wild Things' Connor Lewis spoiled things with the two-run, walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Santo Manzanillo.
In Friday’s game, Slammers center fielder Chad Stang injured his leg sliding into second base. He was placed on the seven-day injured list and the Slammers hope to have him back by the end of the season.
In Friday's game, Joliet scored three times in the eighth inning to draw it at 5-all. Marquis Riley drove in one of the runs with a groundout and the others scored on a wild pitch and an error. Ryan Connolly allowed the decisive run in the bottom of the 11th and absorbed the loss.
In other news, former Slammers pitcher Jake Sanchez was traded by the White Sox to the Oakland A’s for Triple-A outfielder Michael Taylor. Sanchez was pitching for the Sox's Class A team in Kannapolis, Md. and was 5-4 with a 2.80 ERA.
The Slammers return home Tuesday to begin a three-game set against the Normal CornBelters at Silver Cross Field. It will be a 2-dollar Tuesday and also will be the Joliet Area Sports Hall of Fame induction night for the Class of 2014.