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Baseball: Slammers fall 7-5 in 12 innings vs. Traverse City

Joliet Slammers pitcher Brett Zawacki | File photo

Joliet Slammers pitcher Brett Zawacki | File photo

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Updated: August 24, 2014 6:34AM



Brett Zawacki thrived in the bullpen last year for the Joliet Slammers after a stint in the rotation didn’t pan out.

The Peru, Illinois, native has been a productive reliever again this season, but the Slammers needed him on the mound from the beginning of the game Tuesday night against Traverse City.

Making his first start of the season, Zawacki allowed two solo homers through five innings and was lifted after six with the Slammers behind 4-1.

Joliet rallied with three runs in the seventh for a 4-all tie, keyed by a two-run double by Grant DeBruin. Traverse City, however, pushed across three runs in the top of the 12th against Jordan Wellander and the Beach Bums held on for a 7-5 win at Silver Cross Field.

One reason Zawacki made Tuesday’s start was he recorded two victories in relief against Traverse City on June 11 and 12, the last time Joliet had won a series.

Harry Marino and Sam Moore held Traverse City scoreless in the seventh and eighth, respectively, for the Slammers. Recently acquired reliever David Kubiak got through the ninth and the 10th innings.

Kevin Taylor, who was released by Traverse City during spring training and re-signed June 11, put the Beach Bums ahead 2-0 with solo home runs in the third and fifth innings.

With runners at second at third, Traverse City added two runs in the sixth on an inaccurate throw from left fielder Jose Garcia.

Joliet made it 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out base hit by Danny Hernandez that drove in DeBruin, who had singled and moved to second when Russell Moldenhauer was hit by a pitch.

Joliet wasted a bases-loaded opportunity in the first inning. Garcia led off with a single while Chris Epps and Moldenhauer both drew walks. But Adam Giacalone struck out and Hernandez flied out to right field to end the threat.

Right-hander Andrew Busby (1-3, 4.82 ERA) is scheduled to pitch the 7:05 p.m. homestand finale Wednesday vs. the Beach Bums.

The Slammers then play back-to-back road series against Windy City and Traverse City before they return home to face the Frontier Greys and Schaumburg Boomers.

“We’ve got a lot of home games coming up in August,’’ DeBruin said. “We usually play our best ball at home. We’ll have to make a run.’’



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