DANVILLE — Playing the last-place team in the Prospect League in a doubleheader was an opportunity for the Danville Dans on Wednesday night.
But, it became a opportunity partially lost as the Springfield Sliders won the opener 2-0 behind left-hander Jose Marin’s four-hit shutout. It snapped a five-game losing streak for Springfield and it was just the third win of the season for the Sliders.
“We didn’t make the adjustments and we got shut out for the first time this season,’’ Danville manager Eric Coleman said. “Give their kid credit, he did a good job against us.’’
Danville (10-9) came back in the nightcap to salvage a split with a 2-1 victory as Keith Shumaker delivered the game-winning RBI with an infield single in the fifth inning.
“We just simply didn’t come ready to play in the first game,’’ said Shumaker, who was 2-for-6 in the doubleheader for Danville. “That is something you just simply can’t do, regardless of who you are playing.’’
Ronnie Jebavy, a junior-to-be from Columbia State, led off the fifth inning with a double to left field. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Bryant and he scored on a two-out single by Shumaker.
“We just got embarrassed in the first game,’’ Jebavy said “At least, we were able to redeem ourselves a little with a victory in the second game.’’
While it wasn’t a total loss for Danville on Wednesday, Coleman still wasn’t very pleased with his squad. He expressed those sentiments in a brief postgame discussion in the outfield.
“We have to come to the ballpark everyday ready to take care of our business,’’ he said. “We didn’t do that today and we got beat because of it. In the game of baseball, any team can win on any given night, especially when one team doesn’t come ready to play.’’