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updated: 9/3/2013 10:07 PM

Sanford sparkles in Boomers victory

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By Daily Herald News Services

West Division champion Schaumburg employed quality pitching and solid defense to defeat the visiting Joliet Slammers 3-1 on Tuesday, the Boomers' fourth straight win.

Winning pitcher Shawn Sanford made his third start since joining the Boomers (59-35) in a trade at the transaction deadline and threw 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits with a walk and 6 strikeouts.

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In the second, the Boomers' Steve McQuail led off with his 20th homer of the season to match a team record. Keith Werman delivered an RBI single later in the inning that drove home Alexi Colon.

Ahead 2-1, the Boomers' Michael Valadez came through with sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Boomers relievers Matt Kuna and James Bierlein held the lead in the seventh and eighth, and Dexter Price pitched the ninth to earn his 16th save.

The final series of the regular season continues today at 6:30 p.m. when the Boomers start right-hander Seth Webster (6-1, 2.19 ERA) against righty Mike Barsotti (1-3, 3.02). The Boomers open the playoffs at home at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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