Monday, 9 August 2010

Outlaws face Danville in playoffs Monday

DANVILLE -- The keys to success this summer for the Danville Dans have been pitching and defense.

So, it should come as no surprise that those two areas are going to be critical tonight when the Dans host the Nashville Outlaws in the Prospect League’s Central Division playoff game at Danville Stadium.

“We need to throw strikes and play solid defense,’’ Danville manager Steve Bieser said. “If we can do that, I think we will be able to manufacture a few runs and have an opportunity to win the game.’’

The Dans, who won the first half title in the Central Division, are sending right-hander Aaron Brandt to the mound tonight against the Outlaws.

In two previous appearances against Nashville, Brandt has allowed seven runs — only five earned — in 13 innings, while walking two and striking out 10.

“They are a really good hitting team,’’ said Brandt, who is 5-2 this summer for the Dans. “I really proud to get this opportunity in the postseason.

“I love pitching at Danville Stadium, especially with the great support that we’ve received all year from the fans.’’

The Outlaws, the second-half champions, have a .267 team batting average and they aver 5.5 runs per game.

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