Story by: Jay Sanchez
Pitching, defense and hitting are the three main phases in baseball, and according to Joliet Admirals’ outfielder Joey Anderson, if the team is successful on at least two of the three in a game, “they’re a hard team to beat.”
With all three clicking on all cylinders Thursday, they were impossible to beat as they scored five runs on 10 hits and had no errors, while only allowing one run in their victory over the Lexington Snipes. The mindset after an 0-3 start to the season was to get back on the winning track and they’ve done that, ending their home stand on a three-game winning streak.
“We talked about it [winning] today; how three was the streak, and that’s what we wanted to get to and even out to .500,” said Anderson. “We got a long season to go, hopefully we could keep it up.”
Quinn Ahern, who’s considered as the team’s ace by manager Jorge Garza, followed up his quality start on opening day by going seven innings, allowing four hits, one run and striking out four. Despite a quality outing in his no-decision in his last start, Garza said he was looking for refinement in Thursday’s outing.
“Quinn very much did a better job than the last time he was out,” said Garza. “He gave us a chance last time, but he needed to make improvements keeping the ball down, and he did.”
Ahern’s strong outing was backed up by a defense that delivered an error-free game for the first time all season. Javier Martinez, who plays at College of DuPage, was busy playing the hot corner. He led the team in defensive plays.
“I just want to give my team a nice, hard effort over on defense at third base,” said Martinez. “And when I do that, and we give our pitcher some great defense, we have a great chance to earn a victory.”
Jermaine Terry continues to carry a hot bat, reaching base safely in every game and has a five-game hitting streak. His 3 for 4 night raises his batting average to .458 on the season. Jeff Evak stole his fifth bag and went 2 for 4 that included a triple and a two-RBI double.
The Admirals play their first road game of the season Friday, but they’re not going too far as they travel to Lisle to face off against the undefeated DuPage Hounds. Tomas Aguilar is expected to start for the 7 pm game at Benedictine University.