July 9, 2017 - Frontier League (FL) - Southern Illinois Miners
Marion, Ill. - The Southern Illinois Miners got a complete-game effort from rookie left-hander Chris Washington on the mound, but despite just two earned runs allowed in his outing, they were unable to score in a 3-0 loss to the Windy City ThunderBolts at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood on Friday night.
Windy City was able to score their first run of the series in the second inning after being shut out by the Miners in the first game the previous night. Corey Bass doubled to left-center field and was singled home by Riley Krane for a 1-0 advantage. But in another pitcher's duel, Washington (1-1) and ThunderBolts left-hander Jake Fisher (4-4) were able to hold the line against the opposing offense, with the score remaining 1-0 until the bottom of the seventh inning.
After another Bass double in that inning against Washington, he came home to score on an infield hit by Krane along with an error to make the score 2-0. In the ninth inning, Keenyn Walker reached on an error by Culver Plant, and with the runner in motion from first base, Tim Zier's single to right-center plated him for the final score of 3-0.
Fisher pitched eight shutout frames in the game for the ThunderBolts, striking out five and walking a pair. Washington tossed his first career complete game in the loss for the Miners, scattering nine hits over his eight innings with just one walk and two strikeouts as Windy City evened up the series at one game apiece.
The Miners will look to win the series in a rubber match on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. against the ThunderBolts in the final game before the all-star break. Zach Cooper will pitch for Southern Illinois while right-hander Clay Chapman will get the ball for Windy City.