Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Dans top Quincy in rain-shortened contest

Danville Stadium was home to a pitcher’s duel amidst a driving rain Tuesday night, and it was the home team Dans who came out victorious with a 2-0 win over the Quincy Gems in a game that was called in the bottom of the sixth inning because of the rain.

The game was scoreless into the bottom of the fifth, when Danville’s Jason Nappi drew a one-out walk. Two batters later, Dabo Worthington provided the only offense of the game when he hit a high fly to left field that carried through the rain and just over the fence for a two-run homer.

The starting pitchers were on top of their games early on. Danville hurler Aaron Lambrix worked around a bases loaded jam in the first inning by striking out the side. Nine of the first 12 outs Lambrix got came via the strikeout, and he fanned 11 in the contest.

Lambrix (2-2) allowed just four hits and walked two in his six-inning, rain-shortened complete game. At one point, he retired 10 consecutive Quincy hitters.

Quincy starter Jarred Hippen was strong in the early going as well. The lefty allowed just one hit in the first four frames and struck out seven in the game. Hippen was helped by strong defense from center fielder Luke Schlecte, who threw out Danville’s Scott Schauer at the plate in the second inning after Chris Lewellyn’s single up the middle.

Hippen (4-2) gave up two runs on two hits and walked four, with Worthington’s home run being his only blemish. He was relieved by Aaron Brett to begin the bottom half of the sixth, but the game was called after Quincy third baseman John Lorenz slipped and fell while attempting to field a slow roller off the bat of the leadoff man, Schauer.

There were only seven total hits in the game, and no player had multiple hits. The Gems left runners in scoring position in the first, fourth and fifth innings.

Danville manager Pete Paciorek was ejected in the bottom of the fourth for arguing.

With the win, the Dans improve to 15-15 while Quincy drops to 19-9.

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