Dayton Dragons at Clinton Lumberkings

April 18th, 2004

Chris Dickerson CF 5 3 5 0
Luis Bolivar SS 4 2 2 1
Joey Votto DH 5 2 3 7
Kyle Smith LF 4 0 0 0
Ryan Fry RF 5 0 0 0
Walter Olmstead 1B 5 0 2 0
Evan Conley C 4 0 0 0
Will Hudson 2B 4 0 0 0
Troy Cairns 3B 4 1 2 0
Ian Kinsler SS 4 1 1 0
Tobin Swope 2B 3 0 1 2
Dane Bubela RF 4 0 0 0
Andrew Wishy LF 3 0 0 0
Kevin Richardson DH 4 0 0 0
Luke Grayson CF 3 0 0 0
Brock Jacobsen 1B 4 1 1 0
Cody Clark C 3 0 0 1
Casey Benjamin 3B 3 1 1 0

Dayton 1 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 8 14 0
Clinton 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 4 0

LOB DAY-7, CLI-4, 2B-Dickerson, Kinsler, Benjamin, 3B-Jacobsen, HR-Votto 2 (Danks/5th/4 runs) (Watts/6th/solo), SB-Dickerson, Kinsler, Swope, SACF-Swope

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Jon George 4.2 4 3 3 1 2 ND
Calvin Medlock 4.1 0 0 0 1 4 W (1-0)

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Cesar Herrera 3 4 1 1 1 2 ND
Brian Mattoon 1 0 0 0 0 2 ND
John Danks 1 5 4 4 0 3 L (1-1)
Joldy Watts 2.1 5 3 3 0 1 ND
Gerald Smiley 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 ND

Umpires-Jesse Redwine, Nick Monaco
T-2:48, A-593

Dayton Daily News

Joey Votto and Chris Dickerson enjoyed record tying performances to lead the Dragons to an 8-3 win over the Clinton Lumberkings Sunday at Alliant Energy Field.

Votto tied former Dragons start Adam Dunn's franchise record (set in 2000) with seven RBI. He hit two home runs, including a grand slam, as the Dragons evened their record at 5-5.

Dickerson joined Austin Kearns (2000) and Kevin Howard (2003) as the only three players in Dragons history with a five hit game.

Calvin Medlock picked up the win in relief, retiring the first 10 Clinton batters he faced. The only Lumberkings to reach base in the 3 1/3 innings Medlock worked was on a walk to open the ninth. Medlock didn't allow a hit while striking out four.

Dayton outhit Clinton 14-4 in a game attended by only 593 fans.

Clinton Herald
Jon Gremmels

The storyline from Saturday was reversed on Sunday, when the first three batters in Dayton's lineup did most of the damage in a 14 hit attack. Chris Dickerson, the leadoff batter, tied the franchise record with five hits, No. 2 hitter Luis Bolivar was 2 for 4 and Votto did the most damage from the three hole, going 3 for 5 and driving in a club record tying seven runs.

"It was Votto against the Lumberkings," Clinton manager Carlos Subero said.

Votto singled in Dayton's first run, broke open a 1-1 game with a fifth inning grand slam and added a two run shot in the sixth inning.

"The guys got on base in front of me," said Joey Votto, a second round draft pick in 2002 by Cincinnati who split time between Dayton and the Reds' rookie levl team in Billings, Mont., last season. "Kyle Smith (the Dragons cleanup hitter) is probably mad at me for stealing them (the runs batted in) from him."

If anyone shoule be mad, it probably should be Votto. If Dickerson hadn't stolen second base after his two out single in the sixth, he wouldn't have scored on Bolivar's single, and Votto's second home run would have been a three run shot. That would have given him eight RBI, one more than current Cincinnati oufielder Adam Dunn had in a game in 2000.

Votto's first hit, a single to right field drove in Dickerson in the top of the first inning. Dickerson opened the game with a single and was sacrificed to second base by Bolivar.

Clinton pulled even in the third inning. Kinsler smashed his league leading seventh double with two outs and scored on Swope's single to right centerfield.

Dayton reclaimed the lead in the fifth inning, getting four runs and five hits against left hander John Danks in the only inning he would pitch. Danks, who had allowed just one earned run in his first two games of the season, wasn't as bad as his pitching line would indicate either.

"He had three strikeouts," Subero said, "He even had (Votto) two strikes but left a fastball high and the ball kept on carrying."

Danks' bad fortune began before the grand slam though.

Troy Cairns led off the inning with a single to left field. Dickerson followed with a ground ball that appeared tailor made for a shortstop to first base double play when it left his bat. Danks instinctively tried to field the ball as it zipped toward him, however, and it ricocheted off his glove, through the vacated shortstop hole and into left field for a single. Bolivar followed with a perfectly placed bunt single that loaded the bases.

"We got lucky on the ball back up the middle, got the perfect bunt to advance the runners and then Votto had a great at bat." Dayton manager Alonzo Powell said.

After falling behind 1-2 on the count. Votto hit an opposite field fly ball into the gusty crosswind and it sailed over the wall in left centerfield for a grand slam.

"When I hit the ball, I was just hoping to get in the guy on third." Votto said. "Danks got the ball up. I just hit it and put my head down. When they told me it was out. I was suprised."

Votto had another suprise left in his bat though. It came in the following inning after Clinton closed to within 5-3 on Brock Jacobsen's leadoff triple. Cody Clark's run scoring ...