Miners falter in middle innings, fall to Boomers

The Southern Illinois Miners lost to the Schaumburg Boomers on the road by a final of 7-3 on Saturday night.

The Miners once again took an early lead, this time in the second inning on a double-play groundout by Jose Gonzalez that allowed Aaron Gates to come home from third. After the Boomers tied the game against Matt Bywater in the third, the Miners took the lead back in the fourth. Another double-play groundout by Steve Marino and a two-out RBI single for Ryan Cavan gave Southern Illinois a 3-1 lead.

But the Boomers came back by batting around in the fifth, scoring four runs and chasing Bywater from the game to take a 5-3 lead after five innings. Matt Crim pitched the final three innings for Southern Illinois, surrendering the final two runs in the sixth, but then settling down and retiring the final seven batters he faced.

Chris Burke and Marino had two hits apiece, and Jon Eisen extended his hitting streak to 12 games in a row with a base hit in the seventh. But the Miners walked nine batters in the game, eight of which were issued by Bywater (1-1). Boomers starter and winning pitcher Cal Bowling (3-2) also walked four in five innings as neither starter was sharp in the contest.

The loss ended the Miners’ nine-game winning streak, their longest since 2010. Southern Illinois will look to rebound on Sunday afternoon, sending Miguel Ramirez to the hill against Anthony Smith for Schaumburg in a 1:00 p.m. matinee at Boomers Stadium.

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