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Danville pitcher Ryan Cabral pitches during Saturday’s game against Richmond,

If the Danville Dans could write a script for their ideal game — it would look just like Saturday’s.

Danville used great pitching, good defense and timely offense to beat the Richmond RiverRats 5-1 before 5,123 at the Danville Stadium for Cellular One Poster Night. It was the largest crowd of the season for the Dans.

“Being a hometown boy, there is nothing better than playing in front of a big crowd at Danville Stadium,’’ said Dans second baseman Chris Lewellyn, a former standout at Schlarman and Danville Area Community College. “It’s even better when you go out there and play the way that we did tonight.’’

Danville center fielder Mikie Mahtook, who played in front of huge crowds at the College World Series this season, said that big crowds like Saturday’s deserved good games.

“Having the stands packed can only help us on the field,’’ said Mahtook, who was returning to action after missing a few games with a hamstring injury. “And tonight, was just a good baseball game. We got good pitching, good defense and timely hitting.’’

Mahtook played a major part in the latter as his two-out, two-run single in the fourth gave the Dans (23-19) a 4-1 lead over the RiverRats.

“I really wanted to play (Friday), but coach (Pete) Paciorek gave me another day off,’’ Mahtook said. “My swing is starting to feel better, so really want to get in there.

“Being able to play baseball is always fun and when you are winning, it’s even better.’’

Danville has won two straight and seven of its last nine thanks in large part to its pitching staff.

Right-hander starter Aaron Lambrix (5-1) had another quality start for the Dans, going five innings, allowing just one run on four hits.

“That’s Aaron’s fifth or sixth great start in a row,’’ Paciorek said. “He went out and gave us a chance to win the game.

“We then turned it over to (Ryan) Cabral and (Brett) Huber, and those guys had another outstanding night.’’

Richmond managed just two baserunners in the final four innings on a hit and a walk against the combination of Cabral and Huber.

“We all pitched a really good game tonight, one run through nine innings is the way that you win ballgames,’’ Lambrix said. “Ryan and Brett did a great job. They really just shut the door for us and it was over.’’

Lambrix admitted getting a run in the first inning from his offense and four-run fourth when Danville sent nine batters to the plate didn’t hurt.

“Getting a lead really helps, because then your job becomes throwing strikes and getting the offense back to the plate,’’ Lambrix said.

Danville concludes this critical week today with a 6:30 p.m. contest in Quincy against the Prospect League’s West Division leaders, the Gems.

The Dans after Saturday’s win are just three games behind the Gems (25-15) after Quincy lost to Hannibal 7-2 on Saturday night.

“This was a great win,’’ Paciorek said. “A packed house, the guys came out ready to play from the first pitch. We played the type of ball that we are capable of playing.

“We got control of our destiny with 12 games left and four left with Quincy. We just have to do our job and play good baseball like we did tonight.’’

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