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Baseball: Miners’ offensive barrage too much for Slammers

Joliet Slammers first baseman Adam Giacalone makes catch soft line drive off bSouthern Illinois Miners hitter. | JCunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Joliet Slammers first baseman Adam Giacalone makes a catch of a soft line drive off the bat of a Southern Illinois Miners hitter. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 11, 2014 6:57AM



The Southern Illinois Miners, Frontier League champions in 2012 who missed the playoffs last season, came to Silver Cross Field looking to boost their bid for the 2014 postseason.

Although the playoffs are out of reach for Joliet, the Slammers hope to spoil the fun for other teams down the stretch and try to finish with a few series wins.

Away from their home in Marion for nine games, the Miners built a 10-1 lead in the fourth inning Saturday night and held on for a 13-7 victory over Joliet in the series opener in front of a crowd of 2,014.

A female Slammers employee who plays Spikes, one of two team mascots, was conscious and talking after she fell from the dugout roof into the dugout during the fifth inning.

The game was stopped for several minutes before she was taken by stretcher to the hospital as a precaution.

Joliet took advantage of two Southern Illinois errors to score three runs in the sixth to close the gap to 11-7.

Slammers right-hander Alex Kaminsky struggled in his second start since being acquired Aug. 3 from the Washington Wild Things. Kaminsky gave up nine hits and eight runs before he was lifted after 32/3 innings for Tyler Thicke.

Two singles against Thicke gave Southern Illinois 11 hits in the first four innings. The Miners finished with 16 hits.

Southern Illinois (45-28) has won the last seven times left-hander Michael Carden was on the mound. Carden struggled through a two-run fourth inning but recorded his fourth victory.

Former Slammer Niko Vasquez had an RBI double in the third and a run-scoring single in the fourth. Designated hitter Frank Martinez launched a long three-run homer to right during the six-run fourth that gave the Miners a 10-1 cushion.

Southern Illinois put together the offensive barrage with former Slammer Marquis Riley, a 2013 All-Star, on the bench. Riley is hitting .313 for the Miners since he was dealt July 10 from Joliet for pitchers Matt Crim and David Kubiak.

Down 4-0 in the third inning, the Slammers (28-45) got their first run on a sacrifice fly by Chris Epps after singles by Max Casper and JD Dorgan.

Joliet added two runs in the fourth to make it 10-3. Adam Giacalone contributed an RBI single that scored Grant DeBruin (base hit). Russell Moldenhauer (base hit) eventually scored on a wild pitch.

DeBruin entered the game hitting .353, second in the league. He has hit safely in 18 of Joliet’s last 22 games.

Joliet plays 17 of its remaining 23 games at home, including Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. start for Ethan Carter (0-1, 7.20) against the Miners’ Jack McGeary (0-1, 8.30).



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