Joliet, Ill., – The losing streak for Washington was pushed to a season-high six games entering the weekend series against Joliet. The Wild Things now return home with their longest winning streak of the season.
J.J. Fernandez hit a solo home run and the Wild Things never trailed in a 4-2 win over the Slammers for their first sweep of the season Sunday afternoon at DuPage Medical Group Field.
Wild Things closer Zach Strecker cleaned up the ninth inning with a double play and getting Ridge Hoopii-Haslam to flyout to center field for his fifth save of the season.
Strecker was the fifth pitcher of the day for Washington. Nick Wegnmann started and earned the win, pitching 5⅓ innings. He struck out five, scattered four hits and allowed one run. James Meeker, BJ Sabol, Jesus Balaguer and Strecker all came on in relief.
Fernandez’s home run in the second inning gave Washington a 1-0 lead.
Joliet answered in the bottom half when Harrison Bragg homered to tie the game at 1-1.
Cameron Baranek then gave the Wild Things the lead in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly to left field to score Hector Roa. Baranek hit an infield grounder to score Fernandez in the sixth to extend the lead to 3-1.
Fernandez then scored on a Drew Bene single in the eighth inning, which was answered by another run off the bat of Joliet’s Bragg. He singled home London Lindley to make it 4-2.
Fernandez went 2-for-2, scored three runs, had one RBI and walked twice. Cody Erickson and Bene also had two hits for the Wild Things.
Washington returns home for a three-game series against Evansville that begins Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.