Miners fall short at Joliet


WPSD Sports

Joliet, IL - The Southern Illinois Miners were defeated by the Joliet Slammers 7-6 on Saturday night.  The Miners are now 29-24 on the season.  Preston Vancil received his second loss of the season as he allowed five runs (two earned) through 3 2/3 innings pitched.

Southern Illinois began the game with an offensive output as they sent ever batter up to the plate against Slammers starter Shawn Kale.  Gerardo Avila hit a two RBI single with the bases loaded to score Jon Eisen and Cory Harrilchak.  Ken Gregory hit a RBI single to score Jereme Milons and Cannon Lester added a RBI groundout to give the Miners a 4-0 lead. 

Joliet took the lead in storming fashion as they scored five runs off Preston Vancil in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 5-4 lead.  Gerardo Avila quickly tied the game in the top of the fifth inning as he hit is fourth home run of the season off Slammers starter Kale to tie the game at 5-5.  Joliet took the lead 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning as center fielder Nick Akins hit a solo home run and right fielder Joe Meggs added a RBI single off Miners reliever Pete Perez.

Southern Illinois came within a run, 7-6 in the top of the sixth inning off Slammers reliever Mike Barsotti as Cannon Lester hit a single to centerfield score Phil Butler.  No RBI is issued to Lester as Nick Akins committed an error that allowed Butler to score. 

Pete Perez pitched 1 1/3 innings allowing two runs (one earned) and recording one strikeout.  Jon Mark Abbey pitched one scoreless inning along with Wes Alsup who struck out the side in his Miners debut.  Ronald Uviedo pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth inning. 

The Miners and Slammers will play afternoon baseball at Silver Cross Field as first pitch will get underway at 2:05 pm.  Left-hander Dayne Quist (4-2, 2.25 ERA) will be on the mound for Southern Illinois as he'll be opposed by right-hander Matt Dillon (1-1, 2.38 ERA).  Mike Ventola will have the call beginning at 1:45 pm on the Miners Radio Network and southernillinoisminers.com with the Heartland Regional Medical Center Pregame Show.