Stubbs can't stop Dragons' loss despite best efforts
Poor fielding overrides player's contributions as early 5-1 lead over Lansing disappears.
By Marc Katz
Sunday, August 19, 2007
DAYTON — Drew Stubbs did about as much as he could do Saturday night to win a baseball game for Dayton.
That the Dragons didn't is no fault of his.
He had two doubles among his three hits, walked once, scored a run and knocked in another. He also threw out a runner at the plate from center field.
And still the Dragons lost to Lansing, 7-5, as poor fielding around Stubbs' contributed to two unearned runs after the Dragons took a 5-1 lead in the third.
"It's a bittersweet moment," said Stubbs, hitting .553 (21-38) since being ordered by manager Donnie Scott to choke up on the bat nine games ago. "Until the game is over, you feel good about yourself. If you're a team player, you feel down if you lose."
The loss to the Lugnuts — now four games ahead of the Dragons and in second place in the Class A Midwest League East in the second half — ended a three-game winning streak for Dayton. Stubbs' hot streak continues; he has hit safely in eight of the last nine games.
He also has connected for four doubles, a triple, three homers, 12 runs and eight RBIs. He also has walked three times and struck out only twice, this from a guy who has 128 strikeouts on the season.
"A few games ago, I had everybody choke up," Scott said. "I wanted to get them going. A couple days ago, I took it off, except for Stubbs. He went seven games without striking out."
• Right fielder Denis Phipps was taken out of the game after not running out a grounder in the fourth.
• Second baseman Justin Turner jammed his thumb Friday and is day-to-day.
• Shortstop Zack Cozart, who made a Top-10-like play in the hole Friday, will miss games Monday and Tuesday to attend an aunt's funeral.