DANVILLE — The Danville Dans won the Prospect League's West Division first-half title thanks in part to the excellent work from its bullpen.
That group secured 13 victories in 14 games when the Dans held the lead after seven innings.
But on Tuesday night, Danville's bullpen allowed three runs in the final two innings to suffer a 7-6 loss to the Hannibal Cavemen before 1,553 at Danville Stadium.
"First time that it's probably happened all summer,'' said Danville coach Eric Coleman, whose team actually did blow a lead in the second game of the year. But since then, the Dans have been 12-0 when holding a lead after seven innings. "We gave up three runs in the last two innings, that's just not us. The back end just didn't get it done.
"I have the utmost faith in those guys and I will run them out there again in that same situation.''
Mac Lozer and Cam Wysocki, both from the University of Michigan, gave up those final three runs, but it was that second run that had the Danville pitchers and coaching staff a little upset.
Wysocki, who brought in to pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh, appeared to get out of the inning with Danville holding a 6-5 lead as he picked off Hannibal's Jonathan Allison on a move where he fakes to third and throws back to first.
Home plate umpire Thomas Perko called Wysocki for a balk on the play.
"I still don't think that was a balk,'' Coleman said. "Those umpires haven't seen it before. I know they practice that move every single day at Michigan. That was a run that tied the ballgame and pretty much lost the ballgame for us.''
Wysocki has used that move three times this summer and has been successful on all three attempts.