MARION, ILL. – The Wild Things rose to the top of the Frontier League’s East Division standings with an offense producing clutch hits and one of the top pitching staffs in the league.
Washington’s offense could not do much against the Miners and its pitching followed suit. The Wild Things mustered just six hits and starting pitcher Scott Dunn allowed four runs while walking five as Washington lost to Southern Illinois, 4-2, in a Frontier League game.
Coming off a six-inning shutout performance against River City, Dunn ran into trouble early when he walked a batter and allowed RBI singles to Ryan Cavan and Frank Martinez in the first inning.
Another free pass hurt Dunn when he issued a lead-off walk in the second inning, followed by a single from Niko Vasquez and a two-run double by Martinez, who went 2-for-3 for the Miners, to hand Washington a four-run deficit.
On the other hand, Miners starting pitcher Michael Carden allowed one earned run, four hits and three walks while striking out four over 5 2/3 innings.
The Wild Things (37-20) could not muster a big hit with runners in scoring position as they stranded players on first and second base in both the first and fourth innings. Washington broke through in the top of the sixth when CJ Beatty walked and Scott Kalamar reached on a single. Beatty stole third and Kalamar advanced to second on a passed ball before Carter Bell’s sacrifice fly got the Wild Things on the board. Washington stranded nine runners on base in the loss.
Kalamar scored on another passed ball to draw Washington to within two, but Southern Illinois relief pitcher Britt Robertshaw ended the threat. Three more Southern Illinois relievers held the Wild Things hitless to clinch the win.