Early lead helps Slammers fight off Grizzlies

8/12/2015, 9:43 a.m.
Luke Crumley came on in relief and earned the win thanks to five innings in which he allowed just one ...

The Joliet Slammers provided this account of Tuesday night's game:

The Joliet Slammers edged the Gateway Grizzlies 3-2 on Tuesday.

The Slammers (30-43) opened the three-game series with Gateway (27-45) by defeating the Grizzlies 3-2. Joliet opened the scoring in the 1st inning off Vincent Molesky thanks to an RBI double from Nate Roberts.

The score stayed 1-0 until the 6th inning. Mike Garza pushed across a run on a sacrifice fly and John Cannon’s RBI single sent Molesky from the game and made the score 3-0. Phil Bates picked up a pair of hits and now has a 9-game hitting streak.

Michael Carden started for Joliet and was lifted after 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Luke Crumley came on in relief and earned the win thanks to five innings, allowing just one run on two hits with 7 strikeouts and one walk. Kevin McNorton came into the game with 14 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings of work. He gave up one run in 2/3 of an inning. Navery Moore pitched the 9th and picked up save number 14.

Joliet returns home on at 2-Dollar Tuesday August 18th at 7:05pm to open a three-game series against the Florence Freedom at 7:05pm. Wednesday the 19th features an appearance by the all-time hit king Pete Rose. Thirsty Thursday closes out the series and short homestand. Slammers home action can be seen and heard at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/slammervision.