The Southern Illinois Miners rebounded from an early deficit in a big way on Thursday night against the Washington Wild Things, scoring all eight of their runs in the second inning and rolling from there to an 8-3 victory at Rent One Park, sweeping the three-game series with their fifth win in their last six games overall.
Mikael Mogues hit his third homer against the Miners in just over a week when he smacked a solo shot to right field off of Austin Dubsky in the top of the first inning to put the Wild Things up 1-0. But in a sign of things to come, Dubsky also struck out the side in that frame to minimize damage. Meanwhile, after Washington starter Michael Austin (2-4) retired the side in order on just eight pitches in the bottom of the first, the Miners would knock him out and take control of the game in the next inning.
Stephen Lohr began it all with a leadoff walk and Andy Cosgrove followed with a bunt single. After a flyout to center field, Jarrod Watkins got his first professional hit- an RBI double inside the third base bag that tied the game at 1-1. Brett Siddall walked to load the bases, and Joe Duncan reached on a fielder's choice with all runners being safe on the play to put Southern Illinois up 2-1. Bryant Flete then followed immediately with an RBI single for a 3-1 lead, and two batters later, Gianfranco Wawoe knocked a two-run single into the outfield to stretch the lead to 5-1.
Two wild pitches and a pair of RBI singles off the bats of Lohr and Cosgrove completed the eight-run outburst, the most runs the Miners had plated in a single inning this season. Dubsky (3-2) gave two runs back in the top of the third inning, making the score 8-3, but that was the closest Washington got as the right-hander completed six innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters while walking only one in the game.
Offensively, Flete, Cosgrove and Watkins all had three hits, one run scored and one RBI, with Flete finishing three hits in all three games of the series against the Wild Things. Wawoe also went 2-for-5 with two RBIs as the Miners rapped out 14 hits as a team, their second-highest total of the season. Seven of the nine batters in the Southern Illinois order scored at least one run while six of the nine drove in at least one run in the game.
Having won five of their last six games overall and now 10-2 at Rent One Park this season, the Miners will continue their homestand on Friday night, June 14, at 7:05 p.m. against the River City Rascals. Nick Stroud will make the start in the series opener for Southern Illinois.
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.