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Walters ends Slammers' mound miseries

SCHAUMBURG – Blair Walters helped put an end to the nonsense.

After the Joliet Slammers’ pitching staff had been battered in recent games, Walters stepped up and threw shutout ball over seven innings Tuesday night in a 5-0 win over Schaumburg.

Wednesday night’s scheduled game was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Schaumburg starting at 5 p.m. July 12. This series will conclude Thursday night.

Walters allowed three hits through the first five innings while striking out one and walking none. He recorded nine ground ball outs in that stretch while facing one batter over the minimum. He then used back-to-back strikeouts to escape a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the sixth

Walters finished allowing five hits through seven innings with four strikeouts and one walk. Brett Zawacki finished the game with two shutout innings, extending his string of scoreless relief to 212/3 innings,

Max Casper’s two-out RBI single in the third inning put Joliet ahead 1-0.

The Slammers (16-23) made it a 2-0 in the fourth as Chris Epps singled, Russell Moldenhauer dropped down a surprise bunt for a single and after a wild pitch, Grant DeBruin lofted a deep sacrifice fly to right.

Adam Giacalone’s RBI single and Marquis Riley’s RBI groundout made it 4-0 in the sixth.

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