Fort Wayne Wizards at Dayton Dragons

April 6th, 2002

Richard Stockton DH 4 0 2 1
Keto Anderson CF 4 1 0 0
Josh Barfield 2B 4 0 0 0
Jon Benick 1B/3B 4 1 1 1
Joe Hastings 1B 4 1 2 1
Jackson Aquino SS 0 0 0 0
Nick Trzesniak C 3 1 1 0
Jon Knott LF 4 0 1 1
Matt Hellman RF 3 0 0 0
Eddie Serrano 3B/SS 4 1 1 1
Amaurys Nina CF 5 3 3 0
William Bergolla 2B/SS 5 1 2 1
Noochie Varner DH 5 0 2 1
Jesse Gutierrez 1B 4 0 1 2
Edwin Encarnacion 3B 4 0 1 0
Chris Williamson RF 3 0 0 0
Domonique Lewis PH/2B 0 0 0 0
Omar Hurtado LF/RF 3 0 1 0
Bryan Prince C 4 0 0 0
Gary Patchett SS 3 0 0 0
Justin Davis PH/LF 1 0 0 0

Fort Wayne 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 8 1
Dayton 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 4 10 1

E-Serrano, Williamson, LOB FW-4, DAY-9, 2B-Benick, Nina 2, Bergolla, Encarnacion, 3B-Trzesniak, HR-Serrano (Boutwell), SB-Varner, Lewis, HBP-Trzesniak

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Jon Huber 5 6 2 2 1 5 W (1-0)
Dan Gooris 1.1 4 2 1 0 3 ND
Justin Cracker 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 ND
Cory Stewart 0.1 0 0 0 2 0 ND
Anthony Kozol 1.2 0 0 0 0 3 SV (1)

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Brad Salmon 6 7 4 4 1 6 L (0-1)
Andy Boutwell 3 1 1 1 0 8 ND

HB-Salmon, WP-Huber, Salmon, SO-Stockton, Anderson 2, Barfield, Benick, Hastings 2, Trzesniak 2, Knott 2, Hellman, Serrano 2, Nina, Bergolla 2, Varner, Gutierrez, Encarnacion, Williamson 3, Hurtado, Patchell, BB-Hellman, Gutierrez, Lewis, Hurtado
U-Rice, Uyl
T-2:54, A-7,682

Dayton Daily News
by Marc Katz

Chilly temperatures showed up for the third straight night at Fifth Third Field, but no rain or snow as the Dayton Dragons faced the Fort Wayne Wizards in a Class A Midwest League game.

For the second straight night, Fort Wayne jumped on the Dayton starter, Saturday for three runs on four hits as eight batters came to the plate in the first inning.

As they did Friday, the Dragons kept drawing close, but eventually lost their second straight, this time 5-4 to the Wizards in from of 7,682 fans on what should have been a fur-gloves and earmuffs night.

Dragons' starter Brad Salmon was better after the first, retiring seven straigh Wizards before allowing another run in the fourth.

Dayton answered Fort Wayne's first inning with a run on back to back doubles by Amuarys Nina and William Bergolla. Then, in the fifth it was Nina again, who doubled and scored on a Noochie Varner hit.

Nina scored his third run of the game following his third hit when Jesse Gutierrez knocked him and Bergolla in with a single in the sevnth to make it 5-4. Fort Wayne got it's fifth run on an Eddie Serrano homer off reliever Andy Boutwell, who then struck out the next seven batters.

So far, Nina has been the hit man for the Dragons (7 for 12 .583)

No wonder Dayton manager Donnie Scott was so happy when Nina was assigned to him in spring training.

"This team just got a lot better", Scott said.

Twice the Dragons made dramatic plays in the field that stopped the Wizards from other damage.

In the third, Fort Wayne's Josh Barfield led off with a pop to short right that Dayton second baseman Bergolla tracked untill right fielder Chris Williamson knocked into him, causing the ball to fall for an error on Williamson.

Bergolla quickly picked it up starting a run down on Barfield that ended with him being tagged out by shortstop Gary Patchett after five difference Dragons became involved.

In the fourth, Matt Hellman was thrown out at the plate trying to score on an infield hit to Bergolla, who threw to Salmon covering first. Salmon then threw to catcher Bryan Prince to end the inning.

Dragons tales
Pitchers Adam Sheffel, who was with the Dragons last season, and Brandon Love, who was with them the season before have both been added to the roster, althought both are on the disabled list.

Sheefel was at spring training, but Love, who continues to rehab from a couple of arm surgeries, is not ready to report.

Opening day pitcher Justin Gillman took the opportunity to flop on his back and make a snow angel after Friday's game was called in the seventh inning. Gillman from Panama City, Florida, said he had been in snow before, and "I like to play in it".

Even though the inning didn't count Josh Barfield, son of former BlueJay and Yankees major leaguer Jesse, got credit for a seventh inning hit from Friday's game. Barfield led off the seventh with a hit, but the game was called during the next at bat. Since Fort Wayne led after six complete innings, that score stood. So does Barfield's hit, his fourth of the night, because baseball counts individual statistics in such cases.