An ace performance by Blake Nation hoisted the Southern Illinois Miners (27-20) to a 2-1 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts on Wednesday at Standard Bank Stadium.
The Windy City ThunderBolts (19-29) couldn't get anything going as long as Nation was on the mound. Nation gave up just one hit, allowed one earned run, walked four and struck out six during his eight innings of work.
Travis Tingle was effective even in defeat, mowing down six the Southern Illinois Miners batters and allowing zero runs.
Jake Roberts (0-1) was the game's losing pitcher. He lasted just one inning, walked none, struck out none, and allowed two runs.