Miners Make Late Comeback To Top Normal In Extras – Southern Illinois Miners
Southern Illinois comes back from three down in the seventh, wins on Guglietti’s single in 11th
The Southern Illinois Miners were down 3-0 heading to the bottom of the seventh inning on Sunday night against the Normal CornBelters at Rent One Park, but persevered, with a three-run rally to tie the game followed by another in the eighth to take the lead. Then, after Normal sent it to extras with the tying run in the ninth, the Miners would win it in the bottom of the 11th on a walk-off single by Vin Guglietti 5-4 to avoid a series sweep by the visitors.
Normal scored two in the first on a single by Aaron Dudley off of starter Jarett Miller (the third time in the series that the CornBelters took the early lead in the first inning) for a 2-0 advantage and would extend that lead after Miller departed in the sixth with a solo homer by Elijah Trail off Brooks Trujillo to make the score 3-0. Meanwhile, Normal starter Michael Schweiss was in command, allowing just two hits and four total baserunners through the first six innings as the Miners’ offense was stifled.
But Southern Illinois would come all the way back. Three consecutive singles with one out in the seventh by Steve Marino, Riley Moore and Shane Kennedy set the stage for Brendan O’Brien, who drew a bases-loaded walk off Schweiss to cut the deficit to 3-1. After former Miner Race Parmenter came on in relief, Aaron Gates beat out a potential double-play ball to first to score another run and make it 3-2. Julius Gaines then tied it two pitches later on a single of his own to right field.
In the eighth, the Miners would take the lead. Alex De Leon led off with a walk and after moving to second on a ground ball, Marino came up clutch with a single up the middle to score a hustling De Leon from second base and give Southern Illinois their first lead of the night at 4-3. The bullpen then faltered in the ninth, as Jake Cose allowed a double followed by a walk and then an RBI single by Nolan Meadows to tie the score at 4-4.
But the Miners’ defense would play a huge part in keeping the score tied that frame, as De Leon got the lead runner at third on a sacrifice bunt for the first out, and after a Michael Skoller RBI single, Nolan Earley came up firing and threw Meadows out at the plate for the second out. After a walk to subsequently load the bases, rookie Kyle Tinius came on and got Craig Lepre to ground one sharply to Marino, who made the tough stop and then dove to third base for the force out to end the inning.
Parmenter would hold the Miners off the board in both the ninth and tenth innings, while Tinius (1-0) would work around a leadoff baserunner in the tenth with two strikeouts to send the game to the 11th. With the International Tiebreaker in effect to put an automatic runner at second base for Normal, Tinius bore down, inducing a pop-up from Mike Fish before striking out both Skoller and Trail to preserve the tie score. In the bottom half, new pitcher Horatio Acosta (3-2) balked the automatic runner to third base before Guglietti came up and won the game with a single through the drawn-in infield into left, ending the nearly four-hour contest and denying the CornBelters the sweep in Marion.
Tinius won the game in relief with two and one-third innings with four strikeouts while every single position player and every relief pitcher but one for the Miners saw action in the contest. Marino led the way with two hits, a run scored and an RBI while Gaines also had two hits in the contest with an RBI and De Leon scored two runs. The Miners won while being out-hit by Normal 14 to eight, with Miners pitching stranding 17 CornBelters baserunners on in the contest. With the win, the Miners also re-took sole possession of first place in the West Division standings, having come into the day tied with the idle Evansville Otters.
The Miners next have two days off before returning to action on Wednesday night at CarShield Field in O’Fallon to take on the River City Rascals at 6:35 p.m. Dan Ludwig will get the start in the opener of the abbreviated two-game series.
The Southern Illinois Miners are the back-to-back Frontier League East Division Champions and the 2012 Frontier League Champions. 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 2007, their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the Rent One Park box office at (618) 998-8499. For any additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com