SLAMMERS FALL 9-8 IN 15 INNINGS TO END THE SEASON ON THURSDAY

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy- lost to Gateway 9-8 in 15 innings and almost 5 hours on Thursday to end the 2014 season.

Gateway scored in the top of the 1st inning against Andrew Busby on a Madison Beaird RBI single for a 1-0 lead. Seth Granger ripped a solo homer for Joliet in the bottom of the 1st to tie the game at 1-1. Beaird did it again in the 3rd inning as his single gave them back a 2-1 lead. TJ Bennett added a 2-run single and the Grizzlies lead moved to 4-1. That knocked Busby out of the game and Bobby Hillier came on with two men on base and nobody out but retired the next three hitters without another run scoring. The Slammers comeback started again with a Grant DeBruin RBI single in the bottom of the 3rd and an RBI base hit for Max Casper in the 4th to make it 4-3. The Grizzlies struck again with a pair of runs in the top of the 5th. Richard Seigel hit a sacrifice fly and then a run-scoring double from Jimmy Obermark pushed the Gateway lead to 6-3. Tyler Thicke came on the get the final out of the 5th for Joliet. A Tommy Richards single in the 7th gave Gateway a 7-3 lead. Joliet rallied yet again with a total of four runs combined in the 8th and 9th innings to force extra innings for the 15th time this season. A wild pitch and an RBI grounder from JD Dorgan in the 8th inning made the score 7-5. A wild pitch and a two-out RBI single from Russell Moldenhauer tied the game at 7-7 in the 9th. First baseman Adam Giacalone pitched two innings late in the game for the Slammers and in the 10th, after an error TJ Bennett singled to give the Grizzlies an 8-7 lead. In the bottom of the inning Seth Granger’s two-out single tied the game at 8-8. Neither team scored in the 11th as David Kubiak came on to pitch for the Slammers. He went into his 5th inning of work in the game before he allowed an RBI single to Bennett to end his streak 19 straight scoreless innings of work. Kevin McNorton then came on to pitch with Joliet trailing 9-8 in the 15th inning. Pitcher Matt Costello pinch hit in the bottom of the 15th and singled. The Slammers use 20 players in the contest. They failed to score in the 15th and fell 9-8 in 15 innings to end the season.

In the middle of the 8th inning, the Slammers gave away $500 to lucky fan, Wally Cera, as part of their Amazing August/September promotion. The higher each night’s attendance, the higher the payout was for the promotion. The payout on Friday, August 1st to a lucky winner was $5000.

Slammers action this season was broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season was also seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league completing it’s 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available for 2015 by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS DEFEAT GATEWAY 4-2 FOR 6TH STRAIGHT WIN ON WEDNESDAY

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy-beat the Gateway Grizzlies 4-2 on Wednesday for their 6th straight win.

The Grizzlies took a 1-0 lead against the Slammers Matt Costello on a Garrett Vail RBI single in the 2nd inning. In that inning Costello tweaked his hamstring and left the game after the inning was over. Kody McFarland took over in the top of the 3rd. In the bottom of the inning, Joliet scored their 1st run on a sacrifice fly from Seth Granger to tie the game 1-1. The Slammers then took a 2-1 lead in the 5th on a single from Granger that scored Max Casper. There was also an error on the play that negated the RBI but Joliet took a 2-1 lead. It became a 2-2 tie on a solo homer from Richard Seigel in the 6th inning. The Slammers took the lead for good in the 7th when Grant DeBruin tripled in a run and then he scored on a Russell Moldenhauer sacrifice fly to make the score 4-2. For DeBruin it was a team-leading 60th RBI and for Moldenhauer it was his 61st run driven in. The Joliet bullpen was outstanding in the victory. McFarland allowed just one run in four innings, while Kevin McNorton earned the win with two shutout frames. David Kubiak pitched a scoreless 9th inning for his 7th save in 7 tries. He has now pitched 14 2/3 straight scoreless innings. The bullpen combined on the day gave up just one run on 6 hits with 7 strikeouts. The 6 straight wins in a season-high for Joliet.

In the middle of the 8th inning, the Slammers gave away $250 to lucky fan, Amber York,as part of their Amazing August/September promotion. The higher each night’s attendance, the higher the payout will be. The payout on Friday, August 1st to a lucky winner was $5000.

The final game of the season will be Thursday at 7:05pm. The game will have fireworks afterwards on Fan Appreciation Night. Thirsty Thursday will also have 2-buck Bud and Bud Light drafts as well as two-dollar Pepsi products. There will also be 2-buck bottles of craft beer. Slammers action this season is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS CRUSH GATEWAY 17-5 ON TUESDAY FOR 5TH STRAIGHT WIN

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy-rolled over Gateway 17-5 on Tuesday at Silver Cross Field.

Gateway scored four runs in the 1st two innings against Joliet starter Matt Crim. Garrett Vail delivered a 2-run single in the 1st. Tommy Richards ripped an RBI triple in the 2nd and scored on a sacrifice fly from Kale Kiser to make it 4-0. Crim was lifted in favor of Ethan Carter, who pitched three shutout innings to allow time for the Slammers to make a comeback. A bases loaded walk to Adam Giacalone put Joliet on the scoreboard in the 3rd and then they scored five runs in the 4th to take a 6-4 lead. Chris Epps led off the 4th inning with a solo homer and later Max Casper singled in a run to make it 4-3. Grant DeBruin then crushed a 3-run home run to centerfield and it became 6-4. It was the team-best 11th homer for DeBruin and he then added a RBI single in the 5th. Casper added an RBI earlier with a walk in that inning and a Russell Moldenhauer 2-run single made it a 10-4 lead. DeBruin then scored on a wild pitch to make it 11-4. The Slammers lead moved to 12-4 thanks to a solo homer from JD Dorgan in the 6th inning. Sam Moore followed Carter and put up two shutout innings of relief of his own with a pair of strikeouts. John Maloney then came on for the Slammers and pitched a shutout 8th. In the bottom of the 8th a run scored on an error and then DeBruin crushed a grand slam home run to make the score 17-4. It also gave him 8 RBI on the day, 12 homers and 65 RBI on the year. The ball just missed the building in the Beer Garden and the second bounce put it out of the stadium and onto Clinton Street. Tyler Thicke pitched the 9th for Joliet and allowed a RBI double to Michael Wing as the final score became 17-5. The Slammers have now won a season-high 5 games in a row. 17 runs is also a season-best for Joliet.

In the middle of the 8th inning, the Slammers gave away $250 to lucky fan,Tammy Bush, as part of their Amazing August/September promotion. Each home game the remainder of the season will see one fan go home with at least $250 dollars. The higher that night’s attendance, the higher the payout will be. The payout on Friday, August 1st to a lucky winner was $5000.

Wednesday’s game is at a special 10:05am start time and the season finale begins at 7:05pm on Thursday. The final game will have fireworks afterwards on Fan Appreciation Night. Each game will feature 2-dollar bottles of craft beer and Thirsty Thursday will also have 2-buck Bud and Bud Light drafts as well as two-dollar Pepsi products. Slammers action this season is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS WIN 5-4 WITH TWO RUNS IN THE 9TH VS FRONTIER ON SUNDAY

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy- came from behind again on Sunday with a 2-run 9th inning to defeat Frontier 5-4. Joliet sweeps the series and they have now won 4 games in a row. It was their 7th walk-off win of the season and second straight.

The Greys scored three runs in the top of the 1st inning off Joliet starter Andrew Strenge. Chris Ellison got them started with a RBI double and that was followed by a 2-run single from Jon Minucci. After that, Strenge retired ten straight hitters. In that time the Slammers rallied to tie the game at 3-3. They picked up a run in the bottom of the 1st thanks to a RBI grounder from Russell Moldenhauer. The in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Adam Lewis walked and then Max Casper singled. Seth Granger then ripped a 2-run triple down the right field line to tie the game 3-3. The string of ten in a row retired by Strenge ended with a solo homer from Zach Tanner in the top of the 4th inning. The game stayed 4-3 then all the way into the bottom of the 9th inning. Strenge went 7 full innings and did not allow a run in his final three innings and finished with 5 strikeouts. Kevin McNorton pitched the last two shutout innings and earned the win as the Slammers performed more heroics in the bottom of the 9th. Greys starter Clint Wright went to the mound to begin the 9th. Until then he had allowed no runs over the previous 6 innings but Seth Granger led off with a solo homer to right to tied the game at 4-4. Wright was lifted for reliever Paul Mittura. Adrian English singled and then Grant DeBruin was hit by a pitch. DeBruin did not get a hit in the contest and saw his 15-game hitting streak end. Russell Moldenhauer struck out and then Adam Giacalone singled to rightfield. English slid into the back of the plate and was called safe on a close play at the plate on a good throw from Minucci. The win earned the Slammers their 4th sweep of a series on the season and ties them for their longest win streak of the year.

In the middle of the 8th inning, the Slammers gave away $500 to lucky fan, Diane Barr, as part of their Amazing August/September promotion. Each home game the remainder of the season will see one fan go home with at least $250 dollars. The higher that night’s attendance, the higher the payout will be. The payout on Friday, August 1st to a lucky winner was $5000.

Monday is an off day and then the team will start the season-ending three-game series vs. Gateway with a 2-buck Tuesday. Reserved seats are just two dollars and there will be 2-buck craft beers during each of the last three contests. Wednesday’s game is at a special 10:05am start time and the season finale begins at 7:05pm on Thursday. The final game will have fireworks afterwards on Fan Appreciation Night. Slammers action this season is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS WIN 9-8 IN 11 INNINGS OVER FRONTIER ON SATURDAY

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy- came from behind twice and defeated Frontier 9-8 in 11 innings on Saturday night.

Frontier struck first with a two-run homer from Joe Rapp in the top of the 1st inning against Andrew Busby. The Slammers got on the board in the bottom of the 3rd on a sac fly RBI from Adam Giacalone. Earlier in that inning Grant DeBruin doubled to move his hitting streak to 15 straight games, the team’s longest of the season. In the bottom of the 4th against Freedom starter Brandon Rohde, JD Dorgan hit a line-drive 2-run home run to give the Slammers a 3-2 lead. It became 4-2 in the bottom of the 5th when Russell Moldenhauer doubled to drive in a run. It was Moldenhauer’s first game in the lineup after missing 8 games with an ankle injury. Busby did a nice job after that 1st inning he scattered three hits over the next four scoreless innings. He got into trouble in the top of the 6th with a walk and a single allowed and was taken out of the game. Ethan Carter came on and Frank Florio singled to drive in a run and the score became 4-3. It stayed 4-3 until the top of the 8th inning when Frontier put four runs on the board to take a 7-4 lead. The inning featured two singles, a walk and two Joliet errors. The Slammers, however, responded with a pair of runs of their own in the bottom of the 8th to bring it back to 7-6, thanks to a Chris Epps 2-run double. Rapp ripped his second homer of the day in the top of the 9th and the solo shot made the Freedom lead 8-6. The Slammers would not give up however and scored twice in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game at 8-8. Adam Giacalone doubled in a run and then an Epps sac fly tied it up. David Kubiak came on in relief for Joliet and pitched the final two shutout innings to give him 13 2/3 straight scoreless innings of relief. He also picked up the win as Joliet pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 11th on a Josh Scheffert RBI single up the middle. The Slammers are now 15-15 in one-run games on the season and have now won 3 straight games overall. It was their 13th extra inning game of the summer.

In the middle of the 8th inning, the Slammers gave away $500 to lucky fan, Laurie Proctor, as part of their Amazing August/September promotion. Each home game the remainder of the season will see one fan go home with at least $250 dollars. The higher that night’s attendance, the higher the payout will be. The payout on Friday, August 1st to a lucky winner was $5000.

Joliet concludes the series against the Frontier Greys with Sunday’s special 5:05pm start time, which is a holiday version of Family Sunday. Kids 12-and-under eat free and can run the bases after the game and get autographs from the team. Monday is an off day and then the team will start the season-ending three-game series vs. Gateway with a 2-day Tuesday. Slammers action this season is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

SLAMMERS DEFEAT THE FRONTIER GREYS 6-3 ON FRIDAY NIGHT

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The Joliet Slammers -Presented by ATI Physical Therapy- knocked off the Frontier Greys by the score of 6-3 on Friday at Silver Cross Field.

Frontier broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 4th inning when they took a 3-0 lead against Slammers starter Matt Costello. Frank Florio’s single drove in 2 runs and then an RBI single from Zach Tanner ended their scoring. Joliet answered back with a 6-run 7th inning to take control of the game. Frontier starter, Mark Bellcastro, pitched very well into the 7th, allowing no runs on three hits to that point. Chris Epps led of the bottom of the 7th with a walk, Josh Scheffert singled and then the count went to 2-0 on Adam Lewis. At that point Bellcastro called to the trainer and had to leave the game with an apparent arm injury. Paul Mittura came into the game at that point for the Greys and he had a rough inning. Lewis completed his at-bat against Mittura and drew a walk to load the bases. Max Casper hit a sacrifice fly to put the Slammers on the board. Seth Granger singled and an error on the play helped score a run to make the score 3-2. An Adrian English single plated 2 runs to give Joliet at 4-3 lead. Grant DeBruin’s RBI base hit then made it 5-3 and a Chris Epps RBI grounder closed out the Slammers scoring and that made the lead 6-3. DeBruin’s single now gives him his 2nd 14-game hitting streak of the season. His RBI is now a team-leading 57 on the season.

Costello threw a season-high seven innings and allowed 9 hits and just those three runs, with one walk and two strikeouts to earn the win. He is now 3-1 with three quality starts out of four tries. David Kubiak pitched the final two innings and earned the save. He did not allow a hit and struckout two while not walking a batter. He is now 6 for 6 in save opportunities. Kubiak has now thrown 11 2/3 straight scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
In the middle of the 8th inning, the Slammers gave away $750 to lucky fan, Ashley Higgins, as part of their Amazing August/September promotion. Each home game the remainder of the season will see one fan go home with at least $250 dollars. The higher that night’s attendance, the higher the payout will be. The payout on Friday, August 1st to a lucky winner was $5000.
Joliet continues the series with the Frontier Greys with Saturday’s 6:05pm game, which is also a Fireworks Night as part of the holiday weekend. The Family Sunday contest will begin at a special holiday time of 5:05pm. Slammers action this season is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS WIN 4-1 IN GAME CALLED DUE TO RAIN AND WET CONDITIONS

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy- defeated the Florence Freedom 4-1 on Thursday night in a game shortened by rain to 6 completed innings. Joliet was batting in the bottom of the 7th with two men on base and nobody out and trailing 6-4 when the decision was made to put the tarp on the field. After a one hour-50 minute rain delay the tarp was pulled. The field was too muddy and ruled unplayable and the game was called at that point, just before 11:30pm. Florence had trailed 4-1 after 6 innings and had taken a 6-4 lead thanks to a 5-run top of the 7th. By rule however, since the lead changed in the top of an inning that was not able to be completed, the game reverts back to the last completed inning. That was the 6th inning and at the time Joliet still led 4-1, so that becomes the final score.

The Slammers led 4-0 after the first five innings. Joliet scored a run in the bottom of the 1st inning. They had three singles, a walk and there was a throwing error on Florence shortstop Rolando Gomez. The run came in on the error. They added to that lead with three runs in the bottom of the 5th. Matt Weaver had a 2-run double and Adam Giacalone added an RBI groundout. Joliet starter Matt Crim pitched very well. He gave up a run in the 6th on an RBI single from Adam Taylor that made the score 4-1. Crim left with that one run allowed on 9 hits in six innings with 7 strikeouts and no walks. The Joliet bullpen struggled after that John Maloney started the 7th and failed to retire the three batters he faced. Sam Moore and Kevin McNorton got into trouble as Florence scored a total of 5 runs in the top of the 7th. A Jacob Tanis 2-run single was the big hit in that inning. All that scoring however does not count for Florence as that 7th inning is wiped entirely by league rules.

In the middle of the 8th inning, the Slammers gave away $500 to lucky fan, Chris Cole, as part of their Amazing August/September promotion. Each home game the remainder of the season will see one fan go home with at least $250 dollars. The higher that night’s attendance, the higher the payout will be. The payout on Friday, August 1st to a lucky winner was $5000.

Joliet begins a three-game series with the Frontier Greys on Friday night at 7:05pm. It is a Fireworks Friday and is also Game Show Night at the ballpark. Saturday’s 6:05pm game is also a Fireworks Night as part of the holiday weekend. The Family Sunday contest will begin at a special holiday time of 5:05pm. Slammers action this season is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS LOSE 6-1 TO FLORENCE TO END 3-GAME WIN STREAK

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy- lost to Florence 6-1 on Tuesday at Silver Cross Field.

This game started as a pitcher’s duel and was scoreless going into the top of the 5th inning. Andrew Strenge gave up a double to the first batter he faced in the game but then did not allow another hit until there were two outs in that 5th inning. He had walked two previous batters so the Gaby Juarbe base-hit drove in the Freedom’s first run to give them a 1-0 lead. Sam Moore came on in relief and allowed an RBI single to Cole Miles and the score became 2-0. The Florence starter, Dave Middendorf, pitched well early too. He gave up a single in each of the first two innings and then retired seven straight before Adam Giacalone lined a single to right to start the bottom of the 5th. Seth Granger singled and then JD Dorgan reached on an error to load the bases. Giacalone scored on a wild pitch and that was all Joliet would get but the score went to 2-1. The score would stay 6-1 until the top of the 9th inning. Ethan Carter pitched three shutout innings of relief for Joliet until he allowed a 2-run homer to Jacob Tanis to make the score 4-1. Kevin McNorton came on and hit a batter and allowed a single. Those runners would score on a 2-run single from Juarbe off of Matt Crim. The four-run 9th make the score 6-1 and that is how the game ended. The loss ends the Slammers 3-game winning streak and is their 4th straight loss at Silver Cross Field. Middendorf went 7 innings and allowed one unearned run on six hits. Daniel DeSimone pitched the last two scoreless innings for the save, the teams 9th this month.

In the middle of the 8th inning, the Slammers gave away $250 to lucky fan, Sandy Marino, as part of their Amazing August promotion. Each home game in August will see one fan go home with at least $250 dollars. The higher that night’s attendance, the higher the payout will be. The payout on Friday, August 1st to a lucky winner was $5000.

Joliet continues their series with Florence on an Awareness Wednesday. The gates will open at 6:05pm and their will be nickel ten-ounce-beers available until the first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm. Thirsty Thursday will also be JackHammers Night at Silver Cross Field. So break out your old Joliet JackHammers gear and celebrate the beginnings of Pro Baseball in Joliet. Each fan wearing JackHammers clothing on Thursday will receive 2-dollars worth of Slammers-bucks to be used in the ballpark. Jammer, the old mascot will be on hand for the contest. Slammers action this season is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS SWEEP A DOUBLEHEADER FROM WINDY CITY ON SUNDAY

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy-swept a doubleheader from Windy City on Sunday 3-1 and 5-0.

In game one, Windy City scored a run in the bottom of the 1st off of Joliet starter Matt Costello. Former Lewis Flyers outfielder, Andrew Brauer, singled to start the game and scored on a sacrifice fly from Max White. The Slammers came back with a pair runs in the top of the 2nd off Windy City starter Eli Anderson to take a 2-1 lead. Anderson, from NIU and New Trier H.S. ending up being charged with the loss. Seth Granger started off the 2nd inning rally with a one out double and moved to third base on a Josh Scheffert infield single. Granger scored when Max Casper laid down a bunt on a safety squeeze. Anderson fielded the bunt but threw wildly to the plate for the error. Scheffert then scored on an Adam Lewis sacrifice fly. Joliet made it 3-1 on a solo home run from Adrian English in the 6th inning. Costello earned the Joliet win going six innings and giving up just one run on four hits with three strikeouts and no walks. David Kubiak came on in the the 7th and earned his 5th save of the season.

In game two, Joliet took an early 2-0 lead on a Max Casper 2-run double in the 2nd inning. Andrew Busby started for the Slammers and pitched very well. Grant DeBruin put the game out of reach in the 5th with a long 3-run homer. After a pair of hits in game one, DeBruin now has a league-leading 120 hits on the season. Busby went the first five innings for the victory. He allowed no runs on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk. At one point he retired nine men in a row. John Maloney pitched the final two innings and struck out four to close out the 5-0 victory. It was the first doubleheader sweep of the season for the Slammers and their first sweep of a series since taking three straight from River City ending on June 8th.The 5-0 score is also just the third shutout victory of the season for Joliet. The Slammers win the 9-game season series vs. Windy City 5-4.

Joliet returns home for their season-ending nine-game home-stand beginning with a 2-dollar Tuesday on August 26th. Awareness Wednesday will be followed by a Thirsty Thursday that will also be JackHammers Night. So break out your old Joliet JackHammers gear and celebrate the beginnings of Pro Baseball in Joliet. Each fan wearing JackHammers clothing will receive 2-dollars worth of Slammers-bucks to be used in the ballpark. Slammers action this season is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS GET GREAT OUTING FROM MCFARLAND AND WIN 7-1

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy-defeated Windy City 7-1 as Kody McFarland pitched a gem at Standard Bank Stadium.

The Slammers struck first on a solo homer to right for Adam Giacalone to leadoff the second inning. It was his team-leading 10th home run of the season and 49th RBI. McFarland started for the Slammers and struck out five in the 1st three innings. He retired the first ten in a row and had a no-hitter through six innings. He had faced the minimum at that time, allowing one walk and that runner was erased on a double play. Joliet added to their 1-0 lead in the top of the 7th with four runs. Max Casper picked up an RBI single and Chris Epps added a 2-run single. Grant DeBruin’s sacrifice fly made it 5-1. Former Lewis Flyers outfielder Andrew Brauer led off the bottom of the 7th for Windy City with a bloop single to shallow right field to end McFarland’s no-hit bid. Ryan Soares then singled in Brauer to end the shutout as well. McFarland left the game after 7 2/3 innings. He allowed just one run on four hits with 11 strikeouts and one walk. McFarland threw 114 pitches, 74 of those for strikes. His 11 strikeouts are a personal and team-high for 2014. The Slammers added two more runs in the top of the 9th on RBI’s from Matt Weaver on a single and DeBruin on a double. It was DeBruins’s second double of the day. David Kubiak came on to get the final four outs. He retired the side with strikeouts in the 9th to preserve the 7-1 win. With the 11 strikeouts from McFarland and the three from Kubiak that meant ThunderBolts hitters k’d 14 times. Kubiak picks up his fourth save as he entered the game in the 8th with a four-run lead but the tying runner was in the on-deck circle. Joliet finished with 13 hits and catcher Adam Lewis had three singles. Weaver, Giacalone and DeBruin had two apiece. The win ends a Joliet three-game losing streak moves them out of last place in the division.

Joliet continues their weekend series at Windy City on Saturday at 6:05pm before returning home for a season-ending nine-game home-stand, beginning with a 2-dollar Tuesday on August 26th. Awareness Wednesday will be followed by a Thirsty Thursday that will also be JackHammers Day. So break out your old JackHammers gear and celebrate the beginnings of Pro Baseball in Joliet. Slammers action this season is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.