Rain delay works in Slammers' favor with 8-3 win

8/11/2014, 7:12 a.m.
Another good game for Russell Moldenhauer and Grant DeBruin, who both hit a two-run homers.

The Joliet Slammers provided this account of Sunday's game:

The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy- defeated Southern Illinois 8-3 on Sunday in a game shortened to 5 2/3 innings due to rain.

The Slammers struck early with two runs in the 1st inning. Miners’ starter Jack McGeary struggled with his control and walked three in the first inning and the walk to Adam Giacalone pushed across the first run. Later, Josh Scheffert’s fielder’s choice made it 2-0.

Joliet then scored four runs in the 3rd against McGeary with the Russell Moldenhauer 2-run homer getting that inning started. Moldenhauer now has a team-best 52 RBI on the season. A run scored on a throwing error and then Adam Lewis laid down a perfect safety-squeeze bunt to make the score 6-0.

Meanwhile, Joliet starter Ethan Carter retired the first nine men he faced. He gave up an RBI triple to Frank Martinez in the 4th as the game became 6-1. The Miners made it 6-3 with a 2-run single from Aaron Gates in top of the 6th. In the bottom of the 6th, Grant DeBruin launched a long 2-run home run to centerfield to improve the lead to 8-3. It was the 3rd hit of the day for DeBruin and his league-leading 106th hit of the season.

Rain then delayed the game with Joliet still batting in the bottom of the 6th with two outs. After a long delay, the game was called due to the continuous rain and wet conditions.

During the rain delay, the Slammers gave away $500 to lucky fan, Dan Olisinski, as part of their Amazing August promotion. Each home game in August will see one fan go home with at least $250 dollars. The higher that night's attendance, the higher the payout will be. The payout on Friday, August 1, to a lucky winner was $5,000.

The Slammers six-game home stand continues with a Military Monday start of 7:05pm, where all past and present members of the Military get in free. The Lake Erie Crushers come in on for a Two-Dollar Tuesday at 7:05pm, as all reserved seats will be just 2-bucks! Slammers action this summer is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.