Miners beat league leading Hoppers

June 25, 2014

Madisonville Miners 4, Hopkinsville Hoppers 2.  (From Hopkinsville)  The homestanding Hoptown Hoppers gave up three unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning against Madisonville, with two runs scoring on one play that had two errors, and the Miners were able to make it hold up, winning 4-2.
The Miners (4-17) picked up their fourth win in the last six games after opening the season with 13 straight losses. The loss was the fourth for Hoptown in the last six games after the Hoppers opened the season with 11 straight wins.
In Madisonville’s half of the fourth inning, Matthew Barger reached on a fielder’s choice and went to second on an error. Jake Perry then reached on a fielder’s choice, sending Barger to third, and Rutger Luebke singled to center. The fielder overran the ball, enabling Barger to score. The throw to third was errant, allowing Perry to score and sending Luebke to third. Luebke scored on a sac fly by Michael Colorado to give Madisonville a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Hoptown (15-5) responded when Anthony Gonzalez hit a two-out single, then scored on a two-run home run hit by Mitchell Gallagher to narrow the deficit to 3-2.
Madisonville added an insurance run in the seventh inning when Adam Schuster hit a one-out single, then scored on a double by Nick Calandra to the final 4-2 score.
Madisonville was led by Calandra, who went 3-for-5 with a double and a run batted in. Schuster went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Hoptown was paced by Gallagher, who went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and a run scored.
Abraham Almonte (2-1) got the win for the Miners, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out two and walking one in seven innings. Luke Floer got his first save of the season, allowing no runs on two hits, striking out two and walking one in two innings of work.
Starter Geordie Carlson (3-1) took the loss for the Hoppers, allowing three unearned runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking none in six innings. Ryan Mossman came on in the seventh inning, allowing one run on three hits in two innings. Trevor Blocker closed out the game, allowing no hits. 
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