06/15/2005 2:01 PM - Click here to view the box score.
Thunder and Lightning returned to form Wednesday afternoon. Ray Brown and Eddie Pearson collected seven hits and drove in six runs including Brown's go-ahead RBI single in the seventh to help the T-Bones salvage the rubber game and beat Joliet 9-3. The victory ends the T-Bones' season-high three-game losing streak.
The T-Bones offense exploded for 16 hits in the contest. Along with Pearson and Brown, Rick Prieto, newcomer Eric Vega and Chad Hill had at least two hits for the T-Bones. Prieto chipped into the offensive attack by driving in two and Hill's two RBI's were a season high.
Reliever Joe Goodmann (4-0) relieved starter Caleb Balbuena and pitched 4 1/3 innings of solid relief to pick up the victory. Goodmann pitched out of a one-out bases-loaded jam in the fifth by striking out two batters in a row and finished with four in the game. He was supported by a stingy T-Bone defense that turned in three double plays on the afternoon. Southpaw J.C. Ortiz followed Goodmann's act with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Derek Forbes worked a scoreless ninth.
Jermaine Allensworth led the offensive attack for the JackHammers smacking two hits and driving in one in the losing effort. The 3-4-5 hitters for Joliet combined for nine strikeouts and one hit in the game. Starter Jason Shelley (3-1) got the loss going 6 2/3 innings allowing nine hits and five runs.
Notes: Eddie Pearson recorded an RBI for the seventh consecutive game with his run scoring sacrafice fly in the first... Ray Brown batted a robust .666 in the series going 8-12 and driving in three runs... The T-Bones have tomorrow off before beginning a seven-game road trip that begins Friday in Winnipeg to face the Goldeyes. After the four game series in Canada, the T-Bones have a three-game set with the Sioux Falls Canaries at the Birdcage in Sioux Falls.