Tully Monsters Beat Slammers in Epic Pitchers' Duel Ending in Home Run Derby

by Staff Writer


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By Jimmy Lynn

JOLIET, IL — Nine innings was not enough to determine a winner in Thursday night’s epic pitchers’ duel between the Joliet Slammers and the Joliet Tully Monsters. The Tully Monsters defeated the Slammers on center fielder Matthew Koehler’s dinger in the first extra-inning home run derby of the season, though the highlight of the game for each team was the starting pitching.

Tully Monsters southpaw Dietrich Enns dominated over seven shutout innings, bringing his ERA down to a City of Champions cup-leading 0.72 on the season. He struck out nine while allowing one hit and one walk.

Slammers lefthander Will Headean matched Enns’ effort, pitching seven one-hit innings. He struck out 10, tying the season-high total he reached against the Tully Monsters on July 30.  

Headean came out for the eighth inning with a hefty pitch count, but the Slammers turned to the bullpen before he recorded an out. Three of his four walks on the day came in the frame.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Jace Vines and the Slammers defense preserved the shutout in the eighth. Right fielder Noah Vaughan caught a shallow fly ball and gunned Tully Monsters left fielder Alonzo Jones out at the plate to keep the game scoreless. Vines then got out of the jam with a strikeout, and he struck out out two more in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Slammers first baseman Brian Parreira flashed the leather multiple times in the game. He made a tremendous catch in foul territory in the first inning, sliding feet-first against the Slammers dugout. In the fifth inning, Parreira made another diving catch to rob Slammers designated hitter Zack Soria of a base hit. 

The Tully Monsters backed Enns defensively. Catcher Nick Meyer gunned down Vaughan on an attempted steal to end the seventh. Right fielder Alex McKenna also pitched in on defense, making a sliding grab in the first inning.

Tully Monsters Robert Milacki and Kyle Johnson each pitched a scoreless inning after Enns to send the game to the home run derby—the City of Champions Cup’s twist in lieu of extra innings. Koehler beat Vaughan and won the game for the Tully Monsters by blasting a deep shot to right field in the third round.

The second-place Tully Monsters improved to 8-4 with the win, while the first-place Slammers fell to 10-4. The Tully Monsters will look to carry their momentum from today’s win into their Saturday night matchup against the NERDS Herd, while the Slammers hope to bounce back on Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Deep Dish.

Game Recap:




Left on Base

Joliet Slammers





Tully Monsters

0 (1)





WP - N/A (Game ended in Home Run Derby)

LP -  N/A (Game ended in Home Run Derby)

Tonight’s Merchants and Manufacturers Bank Player of the Game: Dietrich Enns (7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 9 K)


About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers play at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois.  They will play their 10th season in 2020.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the office at 815-722-2287 for more information.  Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers and Instagram at @jolietslammersofficial. 

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