Southern Illinois takes series at home, will bid for homestand sweep Sunday

Marion, IL (June 15, 2019) – The Southern Illinois Miners kept up their winning ways on Saturday at Rent One Park, beating the River City Rascals 4-3 to take their fifth straight victory and seventh in their last eight games overall while improving to 12-2 at home this season.

It did not begin well for the Miners or rookie starter Greg Marino, who was making his professional debut. The tall right-hander hit J.D. Hearn leading off the first inning and two batters later walked Kameron Esthay before Braxton Martinez snuck a double inside the right field line for a 1-0 River City lead. Nolan Meadows followed with a two-run double to right field and the Rascals had a 3-0 advantage, but Marino struck out two to hold the line there.

The Miners had runners on base all night against River City starter Travis McQueen, however, as they began their comeback in the bottom of the second inning. Jarrod Watkins singled to lead off and later in the frame was driven in by Bryant Flete on a single to make it a 3-1 game. They were then able to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when Flete smacked a one-out double down the right field line followed by an Anthony Jimenez walk and Gianfranco Wawoe single to load the bases. Stephen Lohr brought in a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2, and Kyle Davis followed by rocking a double to left-center field which tied the score at 3-3.

With Marino (1-0) settling in to keep the Rascals at bay on the mound, Southern Illinois took the lead for good in the fifth against reliever Kyle Fimbrez. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Joe Duncan and Flete both singled, and Jimenez reached on an infield hit to the right side, with Duncan hustling all the way from second base to score the go-ahead run and make it 4-3 Miners.

The Miners’ bullpen then made the lead stand up, with scoreless innings from Heath RenzBenjamin DumJordan Brink and Gabe Gentner polishing off the series-clinching victory. Gentner recorded his fourth save in the contest, and Marino earned the victory in his pro debut by lasting five innings and holding the Rascals off the board after their three-run rally in the first inning, walking four and striking out five.

The Miners will now go for a perfect homestand on Sunday in the series finale and look to sweep the Rascals at 5:05 p.m. at Rent One Park, sending Marty Anderson to the hill against a Rascals starter yet to be announced.

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

Bolts win second straight from Grizzlies

SAUGET, IL – Cole Bellair allowed one run over five innings in his first professional start and got the win as the ThunderBolts beat the Gateway Grizzlies for the second straight night, 5-1 at GCS Credit Union Ballpark Saturday night.

After trailing 6-0 in the first inning on Friday, the Grizzlies (14-18) struck with an early run on Saturday. Brent Sakurai singled and scored on a Connor Owings base hit. The Grizzlies had three hits in the first inning but were held to only four the rest of the game.

The ThunderBolts (16-16) tied the score in the third inning when Brynn Martinez doubled and Tyler Straub singled him in.

The next inning, Jordan Barrett walked the bases loaded and Jordan Swiss gave the ThunderBolts the lead with an RBI groundout. Barrett walked four in the inning but left the bases loaded and kept the game close.

Connor Mayes maintained the ThunderBolt lead with three perfect innings of relief and the offense added some late insurance. Straub and Manuel Mesa both singled and a throwing error on a Mesa stolen base allowed Straub to score. Mesa scored on a sacrifice fly.

In the ninth, Swiss reached on an error and Brett Coffel doubled him to third. Tyler Alamo’s sacrifice fly made the score 5-1.

Bellair struck out four and did not issue a walk over his five innings for the win and Barrett, despite walking six, allowed only two runs over six innings to take the loss.

The ThunderBolts, who have clinched at least a .500 road trip, will go for the sweep of Gateway on Sunday evening. Austin Jones (1-1, 3.91) gets the start for Windy City against the Grizzlies’ Chris Carden (3-1, 4.93). First pitch from GCS Credit Union Ballpark is scheduled for 6:05 and the broadcast can be heard on WXAV, 88.3 FM and wxav.com.


Otters win a wild game, defeating the Boomers 7-6

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In a game that had a total of 13 runs, 24 hits, and four errors, the Evansville Otters defeated the Schaumburg Boomers 7-6 Saturday night to even the weekend series, capping off the Otters’ 25th Anniversary Season Celebration Night.

The entire game can be described as a roller coaster ride, with many ups and downs.

The Otters jumped out to a two-run lead after an RBI double from Ryan Long and an RBI single by Dakota Phillips in the bottom of the first inning.

Following a quiet second and third innings, Schaumburg’s Julio Gonzalez hit an RBI double to give the Boomers their first run of the game in the top of the fourth. He scored on an error from Carlos Castro, as a ground ball rolled under his glove on a ball hit by Connor Oliver, tying the score at two.

In the fifth, Schaumburg’s Dylan Jones, who hit a two-run homer on Friday night, jacked a solo blast to lead off the fifth, giving the Boomers a 3-2 lead.

After Jimmy Galusky singled, Otters rookie left-hander Jacquis Pacheu, making his first professional start, was pulled after striking out catcher Nick Oddo. He finished with a no-decision, throwing 4.1 innings, allowing four runs – three earned – on nine hits and four strikeouts.

Otters reliever Chris Cepeda entered the game and gave up a two-run home run to Clint Hardy, giving the Boomers a 5-2 lead.

The Otters were able to respond in the bottom half of the inning.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Dakota Phillips hit a ground ball down the first base line. Boomers starter Aaron Rozek threw the ball over the head of first baseman Wilkyns Jimenez, allowing all three runs to score and Phillips advancing to second. He was credited with a single, advancing to second on the error, as the Otters were able to tie the game at five.

Rozek went five innings, allowing six runs – five earned – on nine hits and three walks, taking a no-decision.

Rob Calabrese roped an RBI double to the wall in left-centerfield to give the Otters a 6-5 lead.

Schaumburg responded in the top of the sixth as Galuksy’s RBI double scored Jack Parenty to tie the game at six in the sixth.

Cepeda was pulled for Taylor Wright, who shut the Boomers down in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.

In the bottom of the eighth, Justin Erby led off by reaching on an error by Schaumburg shortstop Alex Polston. Erby was hurt on the play, causing Hunter Cullen to enter the game as a pinch-runner.

A sacrifice bunt by Meggs moved Cullen to second, and a groundout by Cronin advanced him to third.

Keith Grieshaber forced a walk to put runners on the corners for the Otters.

Ryan Long then hit a ground ball to Jimenez at first, but his throw to pitcher Jake Cousins was not in time. It was ruled an error on Jimenez, allowing Cullen to touch home plate, giving the Otters a 7-6 lead.

Danny Hrbek retired the Boomers in order in the ninth, including a strikeout to Clint Hardy, earning his fourth save of the season.

Wright recorded the win for the Otters, finishing 2.2 innings scoreless in relief.

Cousins took the loss, giving up the one unearned run.

The rubber match of this series will be on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. at Bosse Field. Broadcast coverage can be heard on the Otters Digital Network via YouTube or on the radio at 91.5 FM with Dave Nguyen with the play-by-play and Bill McKeon as the analyst.

Tyler Beardsley will take the mound for the Otters, while Gunnar Kines will be on the hill for the Boomers.

The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.

Sunday’s series finale will be presented by WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone.

To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

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