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Baseball: Slammers romp past Frontier Greys 13-2

Updated: September 2, 2014 9:39AM



Released during spring training by the Southern Illinois Miners, Travis Bradshaw has been important to the Joliet Slammers.

The 6-foot-7 right-hander got a win in his second start July 21 against Traverse City after he was signed July 5 as a free agent.

Thursday night, Bradshaw had to face the suddenly potent Frontier Greys, who scored 14 and 12 runs, respectively, in back-to-back wins over Gateway and Joliet.

Bradshaw put a stop to the Frontier barrage while the Slammers unleashed a 16-hit attack to win the middle game of the series 13-2 in front of a crowd of 1,704 at Silver Cross Field.

“It took me a little bit to settle in, but once I got going and spotting up my fastball, getting ahead and mixing pitches, those guys were aggressive,’’ Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw held Frontier scoreless in his five innings and scattered five hits with six strikeouts. Sam Moore, Kevin McNorton, Jordan Wellander and David Kubiak all saw duty on the mound.

“I’m kind of in spring training form a little, trying to get through that,’’ Bradshaw said. “I had a little dead arm, but it’s bouncing back.’’

Offensively, Grant DeBruin and Adam Giacalone were the most productive, to go with multihit games from Chris Epps, Max Casper and designated hitter Russell Moldenhauer.

DeBruin, who began the game with a league-best .369 batting average, drove two run-scoring hits to the left-field wall.

Giacalone launched a three-run homer to right during a six-run fifth inning that gave Joliet a 10-0 cushion. His eighth home run tied DeBruin for the team lead.

“We came out and we were a lot more aggressive swinging,’’ said Giacalone, who had four RBI. “Hitting is definitely contagious. Everyone starts getting hits, you go up to the plate a lot more confident.’’

Joliet (26-39) strung together three runs in the third inning to take a 4-0 lead. Adam Lewis, Epps and Casper all singled to load the bases for DeBruin. His drive to the wall scored Lewis, Moldenhauer drew a walk to score Epps and Giacalone followed with a sacrifice fly.

Joliet went ahead 1-0 in the second on a leadoff double by Moldenhauer and a sacrifice fly by Matt Weaver in his second game with the Slammers.

Frontier starting pitcher Lamarre Rey went into Thursday’s game with a 7.21 ERA in 12 appearances, six of them starts.

Frontier (22-43) had threatened to score in the top of the first, but Jon Dziomba was called out and ejected when he ran over Lewis at the plate on a throw from Weaver in left field.

Joliet completes the series against Frontier with a 7:05 p.m. game Friday at Silver Cross Field. After going 5-9 in May and 10-14 in June, the Slammers finished 11-16 in July.



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