JOLIET, Ill. — Keegan Long racked up seven strikeouts over eight innings of work for the independent Joliet Slammers on Friday but was saddled with the loss in a 3-1 loss to the Windy City ThunderBolts.

Long allowed three runs on five hits with just one walk over eight full frames. The former Edon Bomber and Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor leaguer is 2-6 in 10 appearances this year with Joliet with a 3.50 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 61.2 frames for the Slammers, members of the Frontier League, a 10-team independent baseball league.

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