The Rockford Aviators came into today’s contest with Joliet Slammers on a nine-game win streak and holding onto sole possession of first place in the Western Division of the Frontier League.
In those past nine games, both the hitting and pitching have been nothing short of impressive. Leading the way for the pitching staff are Kyle Hassna, Kyle Brueggemann and Kyle Allen. All have at least two starts, two wins and no more than a 2.13 ERA. The average opponent’s batting average against the three standout starters in a whisper-thin .152.
The Aviators’ bats have been helping the team’s cause as well. Tedoro Martinez and Tanner Witt have been doing well for themselves at the plate in the young season but the best clubber on the squad has undoubtedly been Michael Hur, who’s batting a very robust slash line of .406/.486/.719 in eight games so far.
The game began with a three-run first inning for the Aviators. Witt hit a solid RBI single driving in Martinez, and Ryan Breen followed that up with a two-run home run.
The Slammers readily answered in the second inning, putting up three of their own. Aviators starter Nick Grim put a few runners on base, but the defense behind him didn’t help. It wasn’t all their fault though, as the field was still slick and saturated with water from some rain earlier in the day. In the third inning, the Aviators managed a sacrifice fly by Devon Rodriguez with the bases loaded but only tallied that one run.
Joliet tied it up with a run in the top of the sixth and Rockford couldn’t answer. The Slammers added single runs in the top of the seventh and eighth innings, putting them up 6-4 with a possible ten-game win streak on the line. Despite getting two men on base in the ninth, the Aviators couldn’t get any runs and the dropped their first game of the season with a final score of 6-4.
The Slammers’ Jordan Guth was the winning pitcher in today’s contest as Patrick Dolan took the loss for the Aviators. Sam Moore got the save. The Aviators fall to 9-1 as the Slammers improve to 7-4. These two teams will go at it agin tomorrow morning with a 10:05am CT first pitch.