The Southern Illinois Miners saw their home win streak come to a close at seven, as the Florence Y'alls used an error in the top of the ninth to plate the eventual winning run in a narrow 3-2 result at Rent One Park on Thursday night, denying the Miners a series sweep.
For the third night in a row, it was the Miners taking the lead in the second inning, as they loaded the bases with one out for Gianfranco Wawoe, who lined an RBI single to left field to put the Miners up 1-0. But they were unable to get more runs that frame off Y'alls starter Casey Grimm, and the visitors struck back in the fifth. After a leadoff walk and single followed by a sacrifice bunt, Rodney Tennie's RBI hit tied the score at 1-1 against Gunnar Kines, with a wild pitch bringing home the go-ahead run with two outs.
Southern Illinois was able to erase the deficit and re-tie the score in the bottom of the sixth, as Jared Mang singled to lead off, and with one out, was sacrificed to second base by Carson Bartels. That set up Luke Mangieri, who came through with an RBI double to tie the game at 2-2 off reliever Andrew McDonald.
Both bullpens held from there, with Tyler Brown pitching two scoreless innings on the Miners side. In the bottom of the eighth, Southern Illinois loaded the bases on a one-out infield hit by Ian Walters followed by a hit-by-pitch and a walk, putting the lead run 90 feet away. But back-to-back strikeouts ended the frame, and in the ninth, after a leadoff double by Chad Sedio against Ryan Miller (1-1), Trevor Craport hit a ground ball to Walters at third base. After Walters threw to first base for the out, Sedio bolted for third, and Mangieri's throw was high for an error, allowing the go-ahead run to score to make it 3-2. Southern Illinois was unable to come back in the bottom of the ninth, falling just short of a series sweep.
Walters and Yeltsin Gudiño led the Miners with three hits each as Southern Illinois out-hit Florence 11 to six in the game, but it was not enough in their fifth one-run loss to the Y'alls this season. They will look to bounce back on Friday night at 7:05 as the home stand continues against the Windy City ThunderBolts at Rent One Park, with Trent Johnson starting the series opener against the ThunderBolts' Miguel Ausua.
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. In addition, they have sent 60 players to MLB organizations in their 14 years of operation. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.