The Southern Illinois Miners scored three times in the top of the tenth inning, including two on a long home run by Anthony Brocato, to secure a 6-4 victory over the Evansville Otters at Bosse Field, taking the series in the rubber game by a count of two games to one.
The Miners got things going offensively in the top of the second against Otters starter Polo Portela, as Ian Walters singled before Brocato's first hit of the contest, a double off the base of the center field wall to put runners at second and third with no outs. A wild pitch plated the game's first run and made it 1-0, and Arturo Nieto hit a subsequent RBI single to center field to make it 2-0.
Chase Cunningham took it from there, as the Miners' ace tossed seven innings on the mound while allowing six scattered hits and only one run on a solo home run by Dakota Phillips in the fourth. The veteran right-hander struck out six and issued just one walk as well, leaving in line for a win. In the top of the sixth, Brocato launched his first homer of the game leading off against Portela to add insurance and make it a 3-1 game.
That lead held until the eighth, when with two outs, Riley Krane singled off Kaleb Schmidt, and Andretty Cordero followed with a game-tying, two-run home run to left field to knot the score at 3-3. Neither side was able to score in the ninth inning, and the two teams went to extra innings for the second day in a row to decide the series.
This time, it would be the Miners emerging victorious. With the International Tiebreaker in effect, Nolan Earley led off the frame with an RBI single to score the automatic runner from second base and make it 4-3. Logan Sawyer (3-4) then got the next two batters out, but Brocato came up again, and launched his second long ball of the game out to deepest left-center field, a two-run shot that put the Miners up 6-3.
Ryan Miller then took the mound in the bottom of the tenth, and the Otters scored the automatic runner on a sacrifice fly by Miles Gordon to make it 6-4, but would get no closer as the right-hander recorded his second save of the series to clinch it for Southern Illinois.
Brocato finished 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBIs, while Earley also enjoyed a three-hit day as the Miners pounded out 13 hits as a team to beat the Otters and gain a game in the West Division standings.
Southern Illinois will continue their road trip on Friday, August 13, when they open a weekend series at Joliet. First pitch at DuPage Medical Group Field is set for 7:05 p.m.
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.