Joliet Slammers win Frontier League title

The Joliet Slammers celebrate winning the Frontier League championship Sunday night.

Another night, another championship celebration.

After watching the Quad Cities River Bandits win the Midwest League championship Saturday night, I saw the Joliet Slammers beat the River City Rascals 6-5 to win the Frontier League championship Sunday night.

I’m glad I got to see the Slammers win, not only because of the obvious reason (getting to watch championship wins on consecutive nights), but also because I spent a lot of time waiting through rain delays at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. The first pitch was delayed by 43 minutes and the game paused for two hours and 29 minutes before the start of the 4th inning. (In my opinion, the rain exposed weaknesses in the Slammers organization, but I’m not going to dwell on that here because I write primarily about the Midwest League on this blog.)

Former Cubs relief pitcher Billy Petrick was among the players who took the field for Joliet. He pitched a perfect inning of relief, registering one strikeout and stranding an inherited runner in the 6th inning.

Slammers closer Ryan Quigley, a Joliet native, finished off the Rascals in the 9th, getting Frontier League MVP Stephen Holdren to ground out to end the game. I was pleased to see Holdren make the last out after seeing his bout of immaturity after the Slammers tied the score 3-3 in the bottom of the 5th inning. Holdren, a rightfielder, caught the last out of the inning, immediately turned to his left and fired the baseball into the street outside the ballpark. I understand he was angry because his team lost the lead, but he could’ve thrown the ball behind the outfield wall where nobody was, or held onto it and abused a Gatorade cooler in the dugout, rather than whip the ball out toward parked cars and businesses with glass windows.

The big blow for the Slammers in the 5th inning came off the bat of SS Brad Netzel, whose bases-loaded single drove in two runs. In that same at-bat, Netzel “the Pretzel” (my nickname for him) hit a foul ball a few rows away from me. There weren’t many people left in the ballpark at that point, so I casually walked over to get it and now have a game-used Frontier League baseball in my collection!

I have one more baseball game to attend this year — tomorrow night’s Cubs-Brewers game at Wrigley Field. Fortunately the Brewers can’t clinch the National League Central Division title until Wednesday at the earliest; that’s a celebration I don’t want to watch at Wrigley.

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