There have been a lot of good and bad nights for the home teams in the 65-year history of Danville Stadium.
And on the Danville Stadium Anniversary and Alumni Night sponsored by Jocko’s and Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, things were not good for the Danville Dans.
Dubois County right-hander Dan Mueller tossed a two-hit complete game spoiling the festivities as the Bombers beat the Dans 2-1 before 4,163 at Danville Stadium.
“It was just one of those nights,’’ said Danville Dans center fielder Charlie White, who had one of the two infield singles against Mueller. “Any given day, you can come out and have a great offensive day or one of these type of days.’’
Actually, White got things started in a positive direction for Danville, which falls to 2-3 in the second half of the Prospect League season and 17-13 overall.
The left-handed leadoff hitter opened the game with a bunt single, followed by his team-high 22nd stolen base, getting him to second.
White advanced to third on Zach Miller’s flyout and he scored on a groundout by Bryan Langlois, giving the Dans a 1-0 lead.
“The first hit was a bunt single, and after that we couldn’t get anything going,’’ Danville manager Mike Hutcheon said. “It was hard to get any kind of momentum.
“It was complete domination, that kid just dominated our hitters.’’
Mueller, who improved to 3-2 with the victory, hadn’t gone longer than seven innings in his five previous starts.
And the right-hander from St. Louis and Webster University, had given up seven runs in losses to Quincy and Chillicothe this season.
“The guy on the mound had his stuff working,’’ White said. “He kept the ball low all night and he threw a lot of off-speed pitches.
“It just worked out really well for him tonight.’’
The same couldn’t be said for Danville right-hander Michael Wagner, who took the loss, falling to 2-2.
“I didn’t have it,’’ he admitted. “I didn’t know where the ball was going. You could tell that in the first inning when I walked a guy and hit a guy.
“I was able to grind it out, but there is a lot to improve on.’’
Both runs scored by Dubois, which improves to 2-3 and 12-18, were unearned against Wagner as Danville committed three fielding errors in the contest.
“Obviously, when you have more errors than hits, you are not going to win too many of those games,’’ Hutcheon said. “We were the first team to make a mistake and they capitalized on it.’’
Grant Zawadzki, who went 2-for-3, tied the game at 1-1 in the third inning when he scored on Brian Norwood’s ground out. Zawadzki got into scoring position with a stolen base and errant throw.
The other run against Wagner in the sixth came without the benefit of a hit.
T.J. Thomas reached second on an error by Danville third baseman Gabe Woods, went to third on a wild pitch and then scored on Wagner’s second errant pitch of the inning.
“There are a whole lot of should’ve, could’ve and would’ves in this game,’’ said Wagner of taking the loss without giving up an earned run. “There are games where you give up five earned runs and you get the win.
“We all made mistakes and it cost us this game. That’s baseball.’’
In addition to the three errors and two wild pitches, the Dans were also guilty of walking five Bombers and hitting another one.
“You can’t beat yourself, especially when you are having trouble swinging bat,’’ Hutcheon said. “You have to make teams beat you and tonight, we definitely beat ourselves.’’
The Dans are on the road this afternoon as Danville plays at Bob Warn Field against the Terre Haute Rex. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m.
Nick Rumbelow (3-2, 2.73 ERA) will get the start for the Dans.