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Pinto gets 700th win, Miners edge Boomers

  • Miners manager Mike Pinto has a discussion with umpire Steve Bartelstein during the season opener.

    Miners manager Mike Pinto has a discussion with umpire Steve Bartelstein during the season opener.
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By Justin Walker
updated: 5/17/2018 2:12 AM

SCHAUMBURG -- Considering it came in his hometown, the setting was basically perfect for Southern Illinois Miners manager Mike Pinto to pick up his 700th career win Wednesday afternoon.

The Miners didn't have a hit until the seventh inning but eventually got to Kit Fowler and beat the Schaumburg Boomers, 3-0, in the middle game of a three-game series.

"At the very beginning of the Schaumburg franchise in the old Northern League I was a season ticket holder and saw a lot of games as a fan," Pinto said. "So it was certainly special to get the win in my hometown."

Miners starter Robby Rowland and Fowler were locked in a pitcher's duel for most of the matinee contest.

The Miners didn't have a hit and struck out nine times against Fowler until Nolan Earley's single in the seventh, then after a wild pitch, Anthony Critelli doubled down the left-field line to score Earley and knock Fowler out of the game.

Luis Jean and London Lindley both added RBI singles to make it 3-0 and Rowland and the Miners' bullpen kept the Boomers off the board for the shutout.

Rowland retired 10 in a row and 14 of 15 batters in a stretch and finished with six strikeouts, four hits allowed and no walks.

Kyle Tinius pitched the seventh and John Werner struck out the side in the ninth for his second save of the young season.

"That was such a great way to win for a milestone victory," Pinto said. "Just great baseball. Having 700 wins certainly is more a reflection of all the incredible players we have had here. I never threw a pitch or swung a bat so the credit for that goes to them and all the great coaches and staff we have had that got the players ready to perform at their best. Still so much more to do."

Pinto's win total includes his time with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association before becoming the Miners' first manager in 2007.

On Tuesday, the Boomers won the opener of the series, 9-4. Chance Shepard hit his third homer of the season and Joe Dudek also went deep for the Miners.

After finishing the series Thursday in Schaumburg, the Miners return home to open a three-game weekend series against River City on Friday night.