Brad Miller hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning lifting the Southern Illinois Miners to a 4-3 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts.
The ThunderBolts pounced in the first inning as Gilberto Mejia led off with a walk and stole second. Guillermo Martinez came up and ripped a double down the first base line to score Mejia for a 1-0 Windy City lead. In the bottom of the first, an RBI double from Jereme Milons scored Kevin Koski with two outs to tie the game at 1-1.
The game would remain deadlocked at 1-1 into the bottom of the seventh as both starting pitchers found their rhythm. In the seventh, with Travon Jackson on second and two outs, Justin Randall hit a soft liner that fell beyond the outstretched glove of Guillermo Martinez for an RBI single and a 2-1 Miners lead. Brad Miller came up next and launched a two-run homer over the leftfield fence for a 4-1 Southern Illinois advantage.
Windy City would not give up however, as Gilberto Mejia led off the eighth inning with a single, extending his hitting streak to 18 games. Guillermo Martinez followed with a walk. Both runners would move up on a passed ball. A Tyler Farrar groundout scored Mejia to make it 4-2. Bryan Cook came up and hit an infield single to bring home Martinez and cut the Miners lead to 4-3.
Jake McMurran (2-1) picked up the win in relief for the Miners going 2.1 strong innings. Mike Phelps pitched the final 1.2 innings for his fifth save of the year. Stephen Flake (0-2) pitched well over seven innings, striking out seven.
Windy City wraps up their road trip at Southern Illinois on Sunday. Tyler Kelsey (2-1, 4.84) goes to the hill for the ThunderBolts against Joe Augustine (0-2, 5.59) for the Miners. Saturday’s game will be on sportsjuice.com with the ThunderBolts week in review show, “Bolts Backtrack” starting at 4:30 with the game starting at 5:05. Windy City returns to Crestwood for a six-game homestand on Monday with Educator Appreciation Night at Standard Bank Stadium. For information or tickets, call 708-489-BALL stop by the Standard Bank Stadium ticket office or go to the team’s website at www.wcthunderbolts.com