The Southern Illinois Miners opened the floodgates offensively, scoring in every inning after the first on Saturday night against the Schaumburg Boomers while getting a career night from Kyle Davis en route to their tenth straight victory by a final score of 13-8 at Rent One Park.
For the first time in the Miners' win streak, it was the opponent scoring first, with Schaumburg plating four runs in the top of the first inning against Frank Moscatiello in his Southern Illinois debut, the last two of which coming on a rare infield double by Dylan Jones. But after going scoreless in the first inning, the Miners would begin their comeback in the second, when Davis hit a solo home run to left field to make the score 4-1.
Then, in the bottom of the third, Southern Illinois roared back to take the lead for good. Kirvin Moesquit and Omar Obregon singled to lead off and Yeltsin Gudino walked to load the bases for Gianfranco Wawoe, who brought in a pair of runs with a single to make it 4-3 Boomers. After a walk to Jamey Smart re-loaded the bases, it was Davis who came up again, and he proceeded to launch a grand slam over the left field fence, putting the Miners up 7-4 with his second homer in as many at-bats.
In the fourth, Davis came up yet again with men on base and two outs, and dumped his third hit of the night into the outfield to plate Gudino and make it 8-4. The Boomers would then rally in the top of the fifth for three runs on just one hit, chasing Moscatiello thanks to four walks and an error in the inning, making the score 8-7 and putting the tying run at third base with the bases loaded as well. But Heath Renz struck out Connor Oliver on a full count, and the Miners would not stop scoring the rest of the game to pull away.
In the bottom of the fifth, Taylor Sparks hit a solo homer to left field for a 9-7 lead, and three batters later- after Moesquit walked, stole second base, and went to third on an error- Obregon singled in another run to make it 10-7. After a Schaumburg run in the top of the sixth, Moesquit himself plated a run in the bottom half with an RBI infield hit for an 11-8 advantage. In the seventh, it was Davis coming through again, pulling an RBI double down the third base line for his fifth and final hit of the night as well as his seventh RBI, making the score 12-8, and Sparks clobbered another solo shot in the eighth inning for the final margin.
Davis finished his historic game with a career-high five hits, going 5-for-5 with his second career multi-homer game, his second grand slam of the season, and seven RBIs, tying the second-most by any individual player in a single game in Miners franchise history. Five other Miners also had multi-hit games, with Sparks and Gudino each scoring three runs and the Miners tying a season-high with 13 runs scored and setting a new 2019 benchmark with 18 total hits and four total home runs.
Having won ten games in a row for the first time since 2016, the Miners will now look to extend the streak to 11 and sweep the series from Schaumburg in the finale on Sunday, August 11, at 5:05 p.m. Marty Anderson will pitch for Southern Illinois in a matchup of experienced left-handers, opposed by the Boomers' Gunnar Kines at Rent One Park.
The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League's most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. 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 their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.