FLORENCE, Ky. — On a rainy night in Northern Kentucky, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, used a tremendous start from Braulio Torres-Perez to avoid a sweep with a 4-1 win over the Southern Illinois Miners on Sunday at UC Health Stadium.
For the third night in a row, Southern Illinois (30-42) plated a first-inning run, as Craig Massoni drove in Craig Massey with a single off Torres-Perez (3-1). But the left-hander would dance out of trouble through the next seven innings, stranding a total of five runners the rest of the way. Torres-Perez would finish with five strikeouts and allowed just seven scattered hits over eight innings.
Florence (45-28) would knot the score in the bottom of the third, thanks to a Taylor Oldham infield single that scored Austin Wobrock.
The 1-1 tie lasted until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Garrett Vail hit a line-drive, two-run shot to left field off Miners reliever Kyle Tinius (2-3) putting Florence in front, 3-1. Jordan Brower’s third double of the night would plate another run in the seventh pushing the Freedom ahead by the eventual final score, 4-1. The double also extended Brower’s hitting streak to ten games, matching his longest of the season.
Pete Perez took over in the ninth inning and, with one out, hit pinch-hitter London Lindley with a pitch before retiring the next two batters to record the save and help the Freedom avoid the series sweep.
After a day off Monday, the Freedom will travel to Evansville, Indiana to open a key three-game series against the Evansville Otters on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Bosse Field. Steve Hagen (5-4) will start for the Freedom against a yet-to-be-determined starter for Evansville.
The Florence Freedom are members of the independent Frontier League and play all home games at UC Health Stadium located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, KY. The Freedom can be found online at FlorenceFreedom.com, or by phone at 859-594-4487.