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Baseball: Slammers fall 12-0 to Frontier Greys

Joliet Slammers' Jose Garcibreaks up double play from Frontier Greys' JDziombJoliet Wednesday Jul. 30 2014. | Mike Mantucc/ For Sun-Times

Joliet Slammers' Jose Garcia breaks up a double play from Frontier Greys' Jon Dziomba in Joliet on Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014. | Mike Mantucca / For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 1, 2014 8:00AM



The Joliet Slammers returned from Traverse City, Michigan, with their first series win since mid-June and a chance to capitalize on a favorable schedule.

With 12 of 15 games at home before mid-August, including a series against the worst team in the Frontier League, the Slammers still hope to make a move in the West Division standings.

“We finally got a series,’’ Joliet manager Jeff Isom said. “We’ve been close. Finally got one on the road.’’

Back home Wednesday night to face the Frontier Greys, who’ve had the worst record in the league all season, the Slammers were down 7-0 by the third inning and dropped the series opener 12-0 at Silver Cross Field.

“They’re no pushover,’’ Isom said before the game. “They just put up 14 runs against Gateway. You can’t take them lightly.’’

Joliet (25-39) was held to four singles in a complete-game win by Clint Wright, who went to the mound with a 5.72 ERA in his 14th start for the Greys.

Frontier (22-42) got to Joliet left-hander Matt Crim early and often. The Slammers’ starting pitcher gave up seven runs on seven hits in just 21/3 innings before he was lifted for Harry Marino.

Crim was acquired this month from Southern Illinois as part of the trade that sent .300 hitter and 2013 All-Star Marquis Riley to the Miners. Opponents were hitting .315 against Crim going into Wednesday’s game, his third start with Joliet.

Grant DeBruin started Wednesday’s game with a league-leading .375 batting average. The regular third baseman for Joliet was at second base after the addition of Josh Scheffert, one of two Slammers making his debut.

Scheffert was acquired from the Laredo Lemurs of the American Association for a player to be named later. Scheffert was the regular third baseman for the University of Nebraska from 2010 to ’13.

Matt Weaver was signed as a free agent and made his Slammers debut in right field. The former Atlanta Braves farmhand has been a position player and a pitcher in the Braves’ system.

“He wants to get back in affiliated baseball as a position player,’’ Isom said of Weaver. “ ‘Come on in, you’ve had success in the past as a hitter. We’ll give you an opportunity to finish the season with us.’ ’’

To make room for the additions, the Slammers released pitcher Colin Gotzon and infielder Danny Hernandez.

Joliet’s Travis Bradshaw (1-1, 4.62) is scheduled to start the middle game of the series at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Silver Cross Field.



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