Blooper Win For Slammers
8/7/2013, 2:51 p.m.
Nick Akins is known for his power, but in the ninth inning with the game tied 4-4 between the Joliet Slammers (29-39) and Windy City ThunderBolts (30-38), Joliet’s outfielder did not use the home run swing to give the Slammers a walk-off victory over Windy City.
Instead it was a little loop single off the bat of Akins that fell in front of left fielder Miles Walding, which scored Niko Vasquez and handed Joliet a 5-4 win on Sunday at Silver Cross Field.
The victory evens the series at one game apiece, it also breaks the Slammers’ four-game losing streak and it snaps Joliet’s six-game losing streak at home. Justin Erasmus (3-1) records the victory for the Slammers and Resse McGraw (0-3) picks up the loss for Windy City.
The game started exactly how yesterday’s series opener began, with Michael Torres reaching on a single and scoring on a double off the bat of Ryan Soares. But Windy City was not done in the frame with Soares scoring on a single from Chad Cregar giving the ThunderBolts a 2-0 lead.
Joliet tied and took the lead in the bottom of the third. Marquis Riley hit a bases clearing double, scoring a couple of runs handed Joliet a 3-2 lead. The Slammers added one more run in the frame to take a 4-2 lead.
After Windy City tied the game in the sixth inning, both sides would play scoreless until the bottom of the ninth when Akins drove home Vasquez to hand the Slammers a walk-off victory 4-3.