Slammers Steal Series Finale From Titans

The Ottawa Titans couldn’t get it going on Sunday afternoon in Joliet, falling to the Slammers by a score of 9-0. For the first time in franchise history, the Titans fall in a regular-season game, however, they are still in good shape after winning the opening two games of the series, by scores of 10-6, and 6-2 respectively.

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Slammers pitcher Cole Cook made life difficult for Ottawa hitters, frustrating them for the entire duration of his start. Cook tossed six innings, surrendering just two hits, while walking none and striking out five. His start set the tempo of the game, letting the Titans know early on that their bats wouldn’t be able to be as successful as they were in the opening two games of the series.

Cook was routinely in the strike zone, having 51 of his 85 pitches going for strikes, although the Titans took issue with some of the home plate umpire’s calls, particularly early in the contest. The game started as a battle of the pitchers, with Jack Alkire starting strong, but as the game rolled on, only one team continued their strong defensive outing, and it was the Slammers.

Cole Cook, Joliet Slammers – Mark Schrimmer

As the game went along, Alkire gave up four runs in the fifth inning, including a bases-clearing double from Scott Holzwasser with the bases loaded, and was subsequently pulled ahead of the sixth. The Titans’ bullpen couldn’t stop the Slammers offence, and the flood gates opened up. Joliet continued to pile up the runs, and with the Slammers’ bullpen holding the Titans in check, they iced the game away.

It was a tough afternoon at the plate for the Titans, registering just four hits in the losing effort. While everyone struggled, there was one member who was htting the ball with regularity for Ottawa, and that was once again Will Zimmerman. Zimmerman finished the game with three hits in four at bats and a stolen base.

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The only other hit of the night came from Brandon Dadson early in the game, but the Titans could do nothing with it. It’s a stark difference from where their offence has been in the past two days, when they scored 16 runs against the struggling Slammers.

It’s a game that the Titans will want to forget. You can’t win every game of the season, and all things considered, the Titans should be happy with their opening series in Joliet.

Next up for the Titans, a short trip for their next series, when they take on the Windy City ThunderBolts for three games. The ThunderBolts are coming off a close series with the Quebec Capitales, and stand in the middle of the West Division standings.

Elsewhere in the Frontier League

Scores – May 15th, 2022

AwayScoreHome
New Jersey Jackals10-9Evansville Otters
New Jersey JackalsEvansville Otters
Schaumurg BoomersSussex County Miners
Trois-Rivières AiglesLake Erie Crushers
Ottawa Titans0-9Joliet Slammers
Empire State GreysGateway Grizzlies
Quebec CapitalesWindy City ThunderBolts
New York BouldersWashington Wild Things
*Final scores only indicated for games final at 4:50 pm ET on May 15.

Standings – May 15th, 2022

WestEast
Gateway Grizzlies (2-0)Sussex County Miners (3-0)
Lake Erie Crushers (1-1)New Jersey Jackals (2-0)
Washington Wild Things (1-1)Quebec Capitales (2-0)
Windy City ThunderBolts (1-2)Ottawa Titans (2-1)
Florence Y’alls (1-2)Tri-City ValleyCats (2-1)
Joliet Slammers (1-3)Trois-Rivières Aigles (1-1)
Evansville Otters (0-2)New York Boulders (1-2)
Schamburg Boomers (0-2)Empire State Greys (0-2)
*Final scores only inclded for games final at 4:50 pm ET on May 15.

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