Dans Bounce Back and Win Big
After dropping two games to West Virginia on Thursday night, the Dans were anxious to get back at it. And at it they did, as they scored 14 runs against Butler Friday night to shutout the BlueSox 14-0. It was the second Culver's ButterBurger Bash of the season, with the Dans scoring over 10 runs. The top four in the order provided the bulk of the power: Joey Fiske 3 for 5, Jeff Houghty 2 for 4, Logan Steinberg 2 for3, James Battley 3 for 4.
The Dans are in Springfield Saturday and Sunday, trying to win the first half of the season and securing a playoff berth.
June 14 was a big day for the Danville Dans, because two former Dans made it onto an MLB roster.
Ryan Schimpf became the 27th Dans player to wear a uniform in the majors. He hit a double in his first at-bat with the San Diego Padres. The LSU standout was on the 2007 Dans roster. He's been hitting .355 at Triple-A El Paso this spring, with 17 doubles and 15 home runs.
Danny Worth is back in the majors, starting at third base last night with the Houston Astros. He played previously with the Detroit Tigers from 2010-14, and was with the Diamondbacks organization last year. He was a Dan in 2005.
Congrats to both Ryan and Danny!
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Five Dans Selected in MLB Draft
The 2016 MLB draft saw three teammates from 2014 drafted, along with a pitcher from last year, and a current Dan. Those selected include:
Bryan Baker (North Florida, Jr) - 2014 RHP, 11th Round by Colorado Rockies
Ben Braymer (Auburn, Jr) - 2014 LHP, 18th Round by Washington Nationals
Dalton Lundeen (Valparaiso, Sr) - 2014 LHP, 30th Round by Detroit Tigers
Robbie Gordon (Maryville U, Sr) - 2015 RHP, 36th Round by St. Louis Cardinals
Josh Smith (going to LSU, HS Sr) - 2016 SS, 38th Round by Detroit Tigers
CONGRATS TO THESE DANS ON GETTING DRAFTED!
Dans Shut Out Gems
With a 8-0 Sunday win, the Dans took both games in a weekend series with the Quincey Gems. Matt Vaka had the win. The Dans move to just a half a game back in the Western Division, behind he Quincey and Springfield.
Dans win with 15 hits
It was a big night for the Dans a 10-run win against the Gems, who currently lead the Prospect League’s West Division by 1 game over Springfield and Terre Haute, while Danville is just 1.5 games back.
Dans Soar Over Aviators
After losing two games in Hannibal, and getting back to Danville after 4:30 am Friday morning, the Dans were glad to see some new faces for their line-up.
LA Tech's Matt Holcombe and Casey Sullivan, along with Jones County Jr College's Mason Irby were in Danville for the first time Friday night. And Holcombe went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI sac flies as the Dans downed the Lafayette Aviators 9-2.