DANVILLE — The Danville Dans offense had more bark than bite on Wednesday night.
The first-ever Bark in the Park night at Danville Stadium really went to the dogs as Springfield left-hander Tyler Feece, a sophomore-to-be left-hander from Illinois, tossed seven scoreless innings as the Sliders defeated the Dans 3-1.
“I guess we thought Clayton Kershaw was throwing,’’ said Danville manager Eric Coleman referring to the Los Angeles Dodgers ace who tossed a no-hitter on Tuesday night.
Springfield, the last place team in the Prospect League, came into the three-game series with Danville having held an opponent to less than three runs just once in 16 games. But in three games against the Dans, the Sliders gave up just three runs on 15 hits as Springfield (4-15) won two out of three.
“It’s a testament to them,’’ Coleman said. “Their guys threw strikes and competed in the zone.
“We didn’t make adjustments at the plate.’’
Both losses against Springfield came against left-hander pitchers as Jose Marin tossed a four-hit shutout on Tuesday night for the Sliders.
“Two nights in a row that we don’t make adjustments against a lefty and we lose two out of three against the worst team in the league,’’ Coleman said. “I tip my cap to them. They came out and competed.’’
Danville catcher Dylan Alexander, who had his team’s only extra-base hit on Wednesday night with a third-inning double, said it’s just a bad stretch for this team.
“Nothing is wrong, we are just not seeing good pitches and we’re not taking good swings,’’ he said. “It’s just a day-to-day problem, that we are going to get it fixed.
“It happens all of the time. It’s just the nature of the game.’’