Your Commercial-News Recap - Thursday's Game

Speed was the one commodity that Danville Dans manager Eric Coleman has wanted in his teams.In his two years with the Dans, Coleman’s teams have set franchise records for stolen bases but on Wednesday night, that asset proved valuable in getting a walk-off victory against the Springfield Sliders.

Danville center fielder Zack Gibson scored from first base when Springfield’s Austin Muench dropped a fly ball off the bat of Corbin Woods in the 11th inning, giving the Dans a 3-2 victory.

“We will take it,’’ said Woods, who was 1-for-5 with a stolen base in Wednesday’s contest. “It was a long at-bat and I was just trying to battle and put the ball in play. The center fielder might have lost it in the lights or something. It fell and we got the win.’’

Coleman said that Woods did his job in that situation. “He hit the ball hard and that is all we can ask for,’’ Coleman said. “It was a quality at-bat. We were lucky to have Gibson, with his speed, on base, because he was able to score on the play.

“We will take it any way that we can get it, right now.’’Gibson, who went 0-for-4 with an RBI, drew a one-out walk against Springfield reliever Jose Marin, who took the loss to fall to 2-4.

“With less than two outs, I’m just getting as far as I can where I can still get back to first,’’ Gibson said. “I got all the way to second, once he missed the ball, I was able to easily score from second.’’ Read the complete store at 

Your Commercial-News Recap - Wednesday's Game

Pitching has been the staple of the Danville Dans in the 2015 Prospect League season.Coming into Tuesday night, Danville had the third-best ERA (2.71) in the league and the Dans starters had gone at least five innings in 46 of 50 games.

So when Ryan Gaines, who got the start against the Sliders, gave up five runs in the second inning, Danville manager Eric Coleman turned the game over to his bullpen.

Left-hander reliever Connor Mitchell and right-hander Brian Allec combined for seven shutout innings as the Dans overcame the 5-run deficit to beat the Sliders 7-5 before 2,816 at Danville Stadium. Read the complete store on 

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