The Southern Illinois Miners are pleased to announce that reigning Frontier League Pitcher of the Year Matt Bywater has been selected to start on the mound for the East Division at the 2015 Frontier League All-Star Game on Thursday, July 15th at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg.
Having been chosen for the honor by East Division manager Dan Rohn of Traverse City, he becomes the third Miner to start the game this season after Frank Martinez and Niko Vasquez at second base and shortstop, respectively, and also becomes the third Miners pitcher to start in the all-star game after Chris Little (2008) and Joe Augustine (2010).
The left-hander has had a stellar season so far at the top of the Miners’ rotation, owning a 6-2 record with a 2.40 ERA in 11 starts. Over 71 innings this season, he has also given up only 57 hits, with 24 walks and 84 strikeouts, with the strikeout total leading the rest of the league by 15. He also provided the most-memorable moment of the year so far for the Miners, throwing the second no-hitter (and first of nine innings in length) in Miners history on Friday, June 12th against the Evansville Otters with 10 strikeouts. That night was part of a stretch for the Thousand Oaks, Calif. native that saw him win five consecutive starts with a 1.07 ERA from May 26th through June 17th, striking out 46 in 42 innings while allowing only 20 hits and walking only 10 in that span.
The All-Star Game will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday night in Schaumburg. The Miners enter the all-star break at 32-19, one game back of first place in the East Division, and will return home after the break on Friday, July 17th at 7:05 p.m., resuming play against the Windy City ThunderBolts.