Lansing Lugnuts at Dayton Dragons

April 14th, 2004
Game 1

Ryan Fitzgerald CF 4 0 0 0
Tony McQuade RF 3 1 1 2
Brian Dopirak 1B 4 0 1 0
Kevin Collins LF 3 1 1 1
Chris Walker LF 1 0 1 0
Drew Larsen 2B 3 0 0 0
Jake Fox C 2 1 1 0
Alan Rick DH 3 0 1 0
Alfredo Francisco 3B 3 1 1 0
Carlos Rojas SS 3 0 2 1
Chris Dickerson CF 4 0 0 0
Luis Bolivar SS 3 0 0 0
Joey Votto 1B 2 1 1 0
Kyle Smith LF 3 1 2 2
Ben Himes DH 4 1 1 0
Ryan Fry RF 4 0 1 1
Walter Olmstead 3B 2 0 0 0
Will Hudson 2B 2 0 1 0
Jeff Urgelles C 2 0 0 0

Lansing 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 4 9 1
Dayton 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 0

E-Walker, LOB LAN-8, DAY-9, 2B-Himes, Fry, 3B-Smith, HR-McQuade (Guevara/7th/solo), Collins (Guevara/6th/solo), Smith (Wells/1st/2 run), SACF-McQuade, SB-Walker, Rojas, CS-Bolivar, Hudson

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Randy Wells 3 4 3 3 3 2 ND
Jermaine VanBuren 2 1 0 0 3 3 ND
Juan Mateo 1 0 0 0 0 0 W (1-0)
Adalberto Mendez 1 1 0 0 0 0 SV (4)

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Calvin Medlock 5 4 1 1 1 4 ND
Carlos Guevara 2 5 3 3 0 3 L (0-1)

WP-VanBuren, HBP-Larsen (Medlock), Olmstead (VanBuren), Fox (Guevara), SO-Fitzgerald 2, McQuade 2, Dopirak, Larsen 2, Dickerson, Votto, Himes, Fry, Olmstead, BB-Fox, Bolivar, Votto 2, Smith, Hudson, Urgelles
T-2:13, A-7.691
HP-Cory Blaser, BS-Greg Tucker

Dayton Daily News
by Marc Katz

Calvin Medlock pitched the longest and one of the best games of his short professional career Wednesday, but it didn't do the Dayton Dragons much good.

Medlock started the first game of the double header, allowing only one run in five innings, but the Lansing Lugnuts touched Dayton's second "starter", Carlos Guevara, for two homers and three runs in a 4-3 victory over the Dragons in the seven inning game. The Dragons won the nightcap 4-3.

"I still feel good about the outing," Medlock said, "but I don't feel good, because we lost." Actually, Medlock said he didn't feel good before the gmae or in the first inning, when he retired the side in order, including the last two by strikeout.

"Sometimes I feel good and I try to overthrow." Medlock said. He wasn't even totally pleased with his two first inning strikeouts.

"One of those was a hanging curveball," Medlock said, "He just missed it."

By the end of his appearance though, Medlock said he was feeling fine, even though all four of the hits he allowed came in his final two innings.

Prior to this season, the 5 foot 10, 185 pounder had been a relief pitcher in his one year at North Central Texas College and last season was a relief pitcher in rookie ball for the Reds with both GCL Reds and Billings Mustangs. he had never pitched more than 4 2/3 innings.

This season, with the parent Reds putting emphasis on getting Class A pitchers into more games, and with two starters designated for each game, Medlock became a starter.

He was the second "starter" in a game last week, going three innings and allowing a run. Wednesday was his first start to open a game.

"I'm happy they did this," Medlock said, "It's goo for me. I know which days I will pitch."

He would have come up with a victory, too, after the Dragons scored three times in the first with two outs. Joey Votto walked, followed by Kyle Smith's first homer. Then consecutive Ben Himes and Ryan Fry doubles produced another run.

It wasn't enough to stop the Lugnuts (5-0) who didn't get a hit until the fourth. A sacrifice fly brought in one run for Lansing against Medlock, so he excited with a 3-1 lead.

Kevin Collins was the first batter against Guevara in the sixth, and he crushed a ball over the right field fence. Before the inning was over the score was tied. Then Tony McQuade homered to lead off the seventh and the Lugnuts had the lead for good.

Hope appeared for the Dragons in the bottom of the seventh as Votto lined a single down the left field line with one out and leftfielder Chris Walker dropped a high fly by Smith to put two on.

Neither could score as the Dragons lost for the third straight time.