Miners lose at Rockford 6-2


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Rockford, IL - The Southern Illinois Miners lost to the Rockford Aviators 6-2 on Monday night at Aviators Stadium.  The Miners are now 34-28 on the season.  Michael Carden (0-3) received the loss and former Miner Nick Cicio (2-4) earned his first win as a starter.   Southern Illinois recorded ten hits.
Carlos Mendez hit a RBI double off Aviators starter and former Miner Nick Cicio in the top of the first inning to give the Miners a 1-0 lead.  Miners starter Travis Bradshaw left after four shutout innings in his first start off the injured list.  He gave up just one hit and struck out two batters.  Rockford scored six runs off Miners reliever Michael Carden in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 6-1 lead.  Carden left with two outs in the inning and handed it over to Jon Mark Abbey who finished the inning.  
Jon Mark Abbey pitched 2 1/3 innings in relie and gave up two hits and two walks with one strikeout.  Gerardo Avila hit a home run in the top of the eighth inning, his seventh, off Aviators reliever Andrew Snowdon to cut the Aviators lead, 6-2.  Wes Alsup pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth inning allowing one walk and recording one strikeout.  
The Miners had two runners on in the top of the ninth inning off Aviators reliever Trevor Harden but he got Carlos Mendez to groundout to first base to end the game.  
The Miners and Aviators wrap up their three game series on Tuesday afternoon.  Right-hander and 2013 All-Star Preston Vancil (6-1, 2.02 ERA) will be on the mound against Aviators right-hander Nick Anderson (3-5, 7.50 ERA).  First pitch gets underway at 12:05 pm.  Mike Ventola will have the call beginning at 11:45 am with the Heartland Regional Medical Center Pregame Show on the Miners Radio Network and southernillinoisminers.com.
The Southern Illinois Miners are the 2012 Frontier League Champions and have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year three times since its inception.  It has also set a new Frontier League attendance record in 2007.  For media inquiries concerning the Miners, please contact Mike Ventola, Director of Media Relations 618-998-8499 ext. 8547 or mikev@southernillinoisminers.com.  For ticket information please contact the Rent One Park Box Office at 618-998-8499.  For any additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.  
From: SouthernIllinoisMiners.com
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