The Southern Illinois Miners came back from an early 2-0 deficit thanks to the long ball, and held a 3-2 lead until the River City Rascals tied it on a homer in the seventh. The game went to extra innings, and the visiting Rascals scored three times in the top of the 11th and won by a final score of 6-4 at Rent One Park on Sunday night.
River City scored two runs on three hits against Jarett Miller in the first inning, but would not manage any runs or hits in the rest of his outing, as the right-hander pitched six innings and struck out five while going on three-days rest. The Miners would hit for power to get back in the game, as Alex De Leon launched his eighth homer of the season to right to make it 2-1, and two batters later, captain Steve Marino smacked a solo shot of his own, his tenth of the season, to tie the game at 2-2.
The game remained tied until the fifth inning, when Riley Moore stepped up and hit his second homer in as many games, a solo shot to right leading off the frame to give the Miners their first lead. That would stand up until the top of the seventh, when Clint Freeman homered to right off Kyle Tinius to tie the score at 3-3. Both teams would have opportunites in the later innings to break the tie, but it ended up going into extra innings, and then to the 11th as the International Tiebreaker took effect.
In the top of the 11th, River City would get an automatic runner at second base, and he was driven home by Robby Enslen off of Brooks Trujillo (0-3) for a 4-3 Rascals lead. An RBI fielder’s choice later in the inning as well as a wild pitch would plate two more runs and make it 6-3. The Miners also got an automatic runner at second to start the inning, and De Leon would drive home Nolan Earley with a single to make the score 6-4. With the Miners down to their final out, Marino would single and Moore would walk to load the bases, but with the tying run now at second base, Zac Treece (3-0) struck out Edison Sanchez to end the ballgame.
Moore tied his career high with three hits in a 3-for-4 night while Marino went 3-for-5 and De Leon 2-for-4 with two RBIs, but it was not enough as the Miners dropped the series finale in their final contest before the all-star break. Now at 34-17 on the year, Southern Illinois will resume their 2016 Frontier League regular season on Friday night, July 15th, on the road when they take on the Washington Wild Things at 6:05 p.m.