Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dupage defeats Dans, 10-3

The Dupage Dragons used four multi-run innings to run away with a 10-3 win against Danville on Wednesday evening at Danville Stadium.

After Dupage scored a pair of runs in the top half of the second inning, the Dans responded. Dabo Worthington was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame, and Jason Nappi followed with a single. Two outs later, Cody Yount then lined a two-run single to right field that tied the contest at two.

The Dragons took the lead for good in the fourth inning on a Sean Flanagan two-run double down the third base line that made the score 4-2. Danville had a great chance to tie it in the bottom half. Nappi scored on a Jason Hamm RBI single to make to 4-3, and with no outs, the Dans had runners at second and third. But Dragons starter Eric Wagner got out of the jam with a strikeout and two flyouts to escape further damage.

Dupage stretched its lead to 7-3 with a three-run fifth inning, which was highlighted by Grant Fillipitch’s two-run single. The Dragons put the game out of reach in the eighth with three more runs on RBI singles from Greg Stolzenburg, Brian Riegler and Austin Kingsolver.

It wasn’t Wagner who got the win for Dupage; rather it was reliever Casey Webber, who came on to start the fifth and threw four scoreless innings on three hits while striking out three. Wagner allowed three runs on six hits in four innings of work.

Danville starter Codie Rollins went 4 1/3 innings and took the loss. He allowed five runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Richie Goodenow came on in relief and continued his strong pitching. He threw 2 2/3 innings and allowed two runs, but both were unearned.

Hamm was 2-for-4 with a run and two stolen bases. Nappi and Byron Williams each had two hits as well for Danville, and Yount finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Flanagan batted 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run for the Dragons. Dave Reynolds was 3-for-4 with two runs, and Stolzenburg and Fillipitch each had two RBIs. Dupage outhit Danville 11-10. Everyone in the Dupage lineup reached base at least once, and eight of nine had hits.

Danville falls to 9-9 with the loss, while Dupage improves to 8-8. The Dans are at home twice more this week, on Thursday against Springfield and Saturday against Slippery Rock.

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