The Redlegs took on the Dayton Rangers, looking for revenge from opening day where they blew out the Redlegs 21-6. New comer Aaron Carmack was on the hill for his first start in a Redlegs uniform and he was opposed by opening day winner Joe Becker.
Carmack ran into a little trouble in the 1st when Nick Gilmore doubled down the right field line with one out, but after a walk, he escaped the inning unscathed. In the bottom half of the inning, the Redlegs got right to work to take a quick 2-0 lead. Jake Robinson led off the inning getting hit by a pitch. Kyle Arend then drew a walk and they were both driven in by a pair of RBI singles from Brandon Howard and Brad Clark.
Carmack cruised through the Rangers batters allowing only one more base runner through the 4th inning as the Redlegs continued to add to the lead. With two outs in the third, Howard doubled and scored on a single by James Robinson. Again with two outs in the 4th, Matt Redman got a rally started with a single followed by Jake Robinson drawing a free pass. Jackson Millard drove Redman in with a single before Arend stepped up and blew the game open with a 3-run bomb to left giving the Redlegs a 7-0 lead.
In the 5th, the Rangers finally put a little pressure on Carmack. Brandon Marshall led the inning off with a double and John Connell drew a walk. But an infield popup and two ground outs quieted the rally and the shutout was preserved.
The Redlegs added two more in their half of the 5th. Clark led off the inning with a line drive homerun to left to make it 8-0. Matt Morrison singled and tried to score on a single by Matt Mattice and was gunned down at the plate by Rangers center fielder Todd Peck. Jared Bradley doubled to drive Mattice home to make it 9-0 but was also cut down at the plate by Peck on a single by Redman.
The Rangers finally dented the plate against Carmack in the 6th. Gilmore led the inning off with a single. A fielder’s choice, a walk, and a hit batsman loaded the bases for Kody Barth. Carmack got Barth to ground softly back up the middle, but his only play was to first as Robert Riley crossed the plate to make it 9-1. The next batter hit a hard smash down the third base line that Matt Redman made a great play on, lunging to his right to knock down. He popped up and fired the ball across the infield where Brad Clark made a clean pick of the tricky hop to end the inning. Carmack settled back down and allowed only one more base runner in his final two innings of work.
The Redlegs tacked on one more in the 8th and Mattice came on to close out the game with a 1-2-3 9th and a 10-1 Redlegs win.
Offensive highlights: Nick Gilmore 3-4, 2 doubles; Kody Barth RBI.
Historical Notes: Jonmarc is 1 RBI away from 400 MVABL RBIs. The Rangers lead the Backyard Battle series 13-8.