Baseball: Slammers fall 4-2 to Traverse City in 11 innings
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media July 23, 2014 10:50PM
Updated: August 25, 2014 5:43PM
A six-game homestand against two teams with losing records offered a chance for the Joliet Slammers to move up in the Frontier League standings.
Windy City was at the bottom of the West Division, Traverse City next-to-last in the East, opponents Joliet expected to handle.
It didn’t work out that way.
The Slammers dropped two of three to the ThunderBolts and the Beach Bums, including a 4-2 11-inning loss Wednesday night at Silver Cross Field to end the homestand.
It was the second straight extra-inning game for the Slammers, who fell 7-5 Tuesday in 12 innings.
Joliet right-hander Andrew Busby had a solid outing in his team-high 11th start. The 23-year-old Crane Hill, Alabama, native allowed five hits with only one walk in 71/3 innings. He was lifted for Harry Marino with Joliet trailing 2-1.
Sam Moore was strong in two-plus innings of relief that included three strikeouts. He also got over to first in time to make the inning-ending putout in the eighth on a grounder to first baseman Adam Giacalone.
Moore gave up a leadoff double in the 11th and Traverse City (23-34) pushed across two runs to take a 4-2 lead.
Going into the eighth inning, Joliet (22-35) had been held to three hits by Traverse City starter Ian MacDougall.
But Grant DeBruin lined a two-out single to left and Russell Moldenhauer followed with a double to the wall in left to score DeBruin and tie the game at 2.
The Beach Bums had gone ahead 2-1 in the sixth on a two-run shot to right by Yazy Arbelo, his team-best 11th home run.
Using the element of surprise to generate some offense, two of the Slammers’ home run hitters put down bunts to start the bottom of the second — and it worked for a 1-0 lead.
Moldenhauer reached when his bunt turned into a throwing error, Giacalone had a sacrifice bunt and rookie Adrian English followed one out later with an RBI single in his first at-bat as a Slammer.
English, a Miami native who hit .319 and .395 in his final two seasons at Barry University, was signed Tuesday by Joliet.
The Slammers take their shortest road trip of the season Thursday, Friday and Saturday for games against Windy City at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.
Rookie right-hander Kody McFarland (2-2, 4.41 ERA) is scheduled to start Thursday for the Slammers.