MARION — A nightmarish start for Chase Adkins put the Southern Illinois Miners in a 6-0 hole Wednesday night.
Adkins walked six of the 15 hitters he faced and hit two more. The River City Rascals parlayed that generosity into six runs. The Miners’ starter retired just four hitters before being lifted for Cody Thompson.
Thompson extricated himself from a bases-loaded one out jam when he entered the game in the second. He got Artemis Kadkhodaian to ground sharply to Chris Iriart at first base. Iriart picked the ball cleanly, but threw low to the plate. However, Arturo Nieto picked the ball cleanly for the force out.
James Morisano popped up to center field to end the inning.
In the meantime, River City starter Jason Zgardowski kept the Miners off balance.
Southern Illinois scored twice in the third inning.
Bryant Flete reached on an error to open the inning. Cletis Avery hit a ball over the first base bag that got hung up in the stands jutting into the field, forcing the Rascals right fielder to range all the way over.
By the time Kameron Eshtay retrieved the ball, Avery was heading for third. Flete scored easily on the triple. Avery scored on Gianfranco Wawoe’s ground ball.
The score remained 6-2 when the rains came in the sixth inning.
The Miners fall to 8-8. The final game of the River City series is at at 6:35 p.m. tonight.