Joliet Slammers' Adam Giacalone tosses his bat aside after drawing a bases-loaded walk against the Southern Illinois Miners in Joliet on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. | Mike Mantucca / For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 12, 2014 6:20AM
A recent memory of rain for the Joliet Slammers wasn’t pleasant — a three-hour delay last week at Evansville before a doubleheader that ended just before 2 a.m.
It was a much happier ending for Joliet after Sunday’s downpour.
The Slammers earned an 8-3 win over Southern Illinois when the game was called with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning after a 44-minute rain delay at Silver Cross Field.
Effective pitching from Ethan Carter in his second start for Joliet combined with timely hitting that included a couple of long balls helped the Slammers (29-45) stop a three-game losing streak.
“I did a real good job of getting ahead early with my fastball, set up my slider for later in the game,’’ Carter said. “I didn’t throw my changeup as much as I normally do. Mainly it was just a fastball, slider mix today.’’
“I thought he pitched extremely well,’’ Joliet manager Jeff Isom said. “Got ahead of hitters, commanded the strike zone, kept them off balance.’’
Carter allowed just four hits and three runs (one earned) with three strikeouts and one walk in six innings. He was acquired Aug. 1 after being released by River City and took the loss that day in a 4-2 defeat to Frontier.
“The first start I gave up two home run balls that kind of lost us the game,’’ Carter said. “Today I focused on not making mistakes out there and trying to make them hit my pitch.’’
Designated hitter Russell Moldenhauer and Grant DeBruin (3-for-4, three runs, two RBI) both clubbed two-run homers. It was the ninth of the season for DeBruin, eighth for Moldenhauer.
“I don’t do it too often against lefties, so it definitely means a lot more to me, doing it off a left-hander,’’ Moldenhauer said of the blast against Miners lefty Jack McGeary.
The Slammers capitalized on three first-inning walks by McGeary to go ahead 2-0. Adam Giacalone drew a bases-loaded walk and Josh Scheffert had an RBI infield hit.
Joliet tacked on four runs in the third, including Moldenhauer’s homer, to take a 6-0 lead.
“We finally got some timely hitting, two-out hits when we needed them,’’ said DeBruin, whose home run came in the sixth. “It’s definitely nice to get out to a lead. It takes a lot of pressure off your starting pitcher.’’
“When guys are putting up some runs, it’s really easy for me to pitch because all you have to do is pound the strike zone,’’ Carter said. “Having a quick six-run lead, you don’t feel like every pitch has to be a perfect pitch.’’
Joliet right-hander Travis Bradshaw (2-1, 3.24) will go to the mound in the rubber game against the Miners (45-29) at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Silver Cross Field.