Despite a late rally, the Dans fell 4-2 to the Springfield Sliders on Tuesday evening at Danville Stadium. After being silenced by seven shutout innings from Sliders starter Calvin Gunter, the Danville offense came to life in the eighth inning.
Frankie Rawdow and Jason Nappi drew walks, and with two outs Nate Johnson lined a two-run double to right field to cut a four-run deficit in half. But that would be all the offense in the game, as the Sliders got out of the inning and TJ Swank threw a 1-2-3 ninth for the save and the West Division win.
Gunter (2-2) was on from the start. The lefty allowed just three hits on the night, and two of those were infield singles. He also struck out five while picking up the win.
Springfield scored single runs in the second, third, fifth and seventh innings. In the second, third baseman Ryan Mooney walked and scored on David Allday’s RBI double off the wall in right-center field.
In the third, Denny Vaughn walked, stole second and scored on a single off the bat of Adam Muenster. The Sliders added runs later on another Muenster RBI single and a wild pitch that plated Josh Parr. Muenster finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while teammate Mike McQuillan batted 3-for-5 and scored a run.
Matt Smith (2-1) took the loss for the Dans. He threw five innings and allowed three runs on six hits and three walks. The Danville bullpen was strong, as Donavan Drake gave up one run in three innings of relief and Ryan Livingstone threw a scoreless ninth inning.
Johnson batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Chris Lewellyn tripled for the Dans. Nappi reached base three times for Danville, going 1-for-2 with a walk, a hit by pitch and a run. But the rest of the offense struggled. The eighth inning was the only frame in which the Dans put multiple runners on base, and Danville was outhit 10-4.
With the loss, the Dans fall to 9-8 on the year. Their next home game is Wednesday against the Dupage Dragons. Danville also will be at home Thursday and Saturday.