JOLIET, Ill. – Maxx Garrett scored the go-ahead run on Nick Ratajczak’s first professional RBI in the sixth inning, and Jonathan Kountis pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth as the Wild Things defeated the Joliet Slammers, 4-3, Thursday at Silver Cross Field.
The Wild Things, who have won eight of their last nine, swept the three-game series. It was Washington’s first road sweep since May of last year.
Joliet loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against Kountis, who earned his fourth save, but could not push across the tying run. Danny Hernandez, who hit a two-run triple in the fourth inning, fouled out to catcher Maxx Garrett for the second out, and Bill Miller flied out to end the game. Miller had driven in Hernandez with a single to give Joliet a 3-2 lead in the fourth.
Washington made it 3-3 in the fifth, when Stewart Ijames drew a bases-loaded walk. Ratajczak, a Joliet native, drove in Garrett from third base with a single in the sixth.
Winning pitcher Chris Phelan (2-1) gave up five hits and three runs in six innings.