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Aviators downed by Miners on 4th of July

MARION, IL - The Southern Illinois Miners used a four-run fifth inning to pull away from the Rockford Aviators and win by a score of 10-4.

Cole Green got the start for the Aviators and had a lot of control issues as he would allow four runs in just two innings of pitching.  He allowed just two hits, but walked four batters and hit four more.

The Aviators trailed 4-1 heading into the fourth inning, but a two-run blast by Brian Bistagne, his second of the year brought the Aviators back within one 4-3.  The Aviators closed the gap and tied the game up at four a piece in the top of the fifth inning when Jeff Kremer would ground out to second base, but scored Tanner Witt from third base.

However, in the bottom of the fifth inning, Michael Schaub gave up four runs on two hits after he had a costly throwing error to second base that could have been an inning-ending double-play.  With the four runs, the Miners extended their lead to 8-4.

Schaub was strong in relief up to that point having retired the first six batters he faced.  He even struck out the side after entering the game with the bases loaded and didn't allow any runs to score.  He would be credited with the loss after the big fifth inning by the Miners.

The Miners would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to make the score 10-4 where it would remain through the end of the game.

The Aviators are back in action against the Miners Saturday night beginning at 7:05 p.m.
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