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June 12, 2011 - Frontier League (FL) - Joliet Slammers News Release

Last Time Out...

The Joliet Slammers scored four times in the eighth inning to beat the Evansville Otters by a final score of 8-5 Saturday night. It was the bottom of the order doing most of the damage for the Slammers as the 7-8-9 hitters combined for five RBI on the night. Although they never trailed in the game, it was a back-and-forth battle with the Otters. Joliet went up 2-0 in the second on RBI singles from Lee Rubin and Ben Ferrell. The Otters got one back in the bottom of the frame. Joliet got an insurance run in the fourth on a Kyle Maunus solo home run but Evansville came all the way back to tie the game at three in the sixth. From there the teams traded runs in the seventh before the Slammers broke through in the eighth. RBI singles from Maunus, Brad Netzel, and Lee Rubin were topped off by a Ben Ferrell RBI grounder to complete the scoring for the Slammers. Ryan Quigley picked up save number six of 2011.

For Starters...

Billy Petrick has lost his last three starts after a sensational debut on Opening Night against Washington where he retired the last 19 batters he faced in the victory. However his last outing against Florence was a good one as he went seven innings, giving up only two runs. Loyal Cubs fans might remember Petrick. He played for them just four years ago. The 26-year old from Morris, Illinois was selected by Chicago in the third round of the 2002 Amateur Draft. Petrick made a big splash in 2007. He started the year in Daytona and after six strong games was promoted to Double-A Tennessee. With the Smokies he was 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in 18 games before moving up to the Iowa Cubs. After only nine games with Iowa, Petrick got the call every player dreams of hearing: he was going to "The Show." Petrick stepped on the mound for the first time at baseball's highest level on June 27, 2007 at Wrigley Field against the Colorado Rockies. He held opponents scoreless in five out of eight appearances. Since his time with the Cubs, Petrick spent 2008 with Daytona before being granted free agency. He pitched effectively for the Windy City Thunderbolts in 2009 until surgery ended his season. After a short stint with the Jackhammers last year, Petrick is ready to go with the Slammers.

Can't touch this...

Opponents are only hitting .242 against Slammers' pitching this season. That's tied with Southern Illinois for the lowest OBA in the Frontier League. Their team ERA of 3.58 is third in the league and the best in the East Division.

Catch me if you can...

Slammers' catchers have not allowed a passed ball this season, the only team in the Frontier League who can say that. In addition, Ben Hewett has thrown out 50 percent (6-12) of all runners trying to steal.

We're going streaking!

Josh Flores has reached base in all 12 games he's played in this year. Kyle Maunus is working on a nine-game hitting streak.

Five is the magic number...

The Slammers are 9-1 when scoring five or more runs in a game. They are 1-9 when scoring fewer than five runs.

Save me...

Joliet native Ryan Quigley has been nearly untouchable as the closer for the Slammers. In 9 appearances, Quigley has struck-out 14 batters in eight and a third innings, giving up only five hits. He is 2nd in the Frontier League with six saves and has a stellar earned run average of 1.08. Quigley has yet to blow a save this season.

Transaction Wire...

OF Josh Flores was activated from the Disabled List Friday and OF Thomas Creal was put on the 7-Day Disabled List with a sore shoulder.


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