The Southern Illinois Miners beat the Evansville Otters Saturday at Bosse Field to win their 700th game as a franchise, becoming the fastest team in Frontier League history to that milestone. The win also clinched the weekend series with their third victory in a row and seventh in their last nine games.
The game was scoreless through the first five innings, with Steven Ridings and Cody Thompson (3-2) combining to equal Otters starter Jake Welch (6-4). Welch had a perfect game going by retiring the first 15 batters he faced. But that changed in the sixth, as Kyle Davis singled leading off in the frame. Two batters later, Omar Obregon cashed in his first Miners RBI as he singled to drive in Davis and put Southern Illinois ahead 1-0.
Yeltsin Gudino then laid down a bunt with runners at first and third base, and after Welch threw to first for the out, Joe Duncan raced home and beat Mike Rizzitello's tag to double the lead.
In the seventh inning, the Miners added two more. Jamey Smart led off with a double, went to third on Aturo Nieto's single, and came home on another single by Davis for a 3-0 advantage. Two batters later, Ryan Stacy reached on an RBI fielder's choice, putting Southern Illinois up 4-0.
Thanks to stout relief, that lead stood up. The Otters broke up the shutout on a double play with a runner at third base in the ninth inning, but Southern Illinois clinched the series victory in Evansville, their first at Bosse Field since 2015.
Davis led the way offensively, enjoying a 3-for-4 game with a double, run scored and RBI as the Miners remained just two games back of a playoff spot in the standings and reached the 700-win milestone faster than any team in league history by 41 games. They are now one of five franchises in the 27-year history of the Frontier League with 700 or more victories.