For his first appearance pitching in a Terre Haute Rex jersey, Tristan Weaver didn’t do a bad job.
But thanks to what the Danville Dans did on the mound during the same game, many fans in attendance likely won’t have his solid start be their biggest takeaway.
The Prospect League East Division-leading Dans continued their hot form of winning nine of their last 10 games. The Dans defeated Terre Haute 10-3 Tuesday evening, but it can be argued it wasn’t Weaver's fault.
A junior-to-be at Indiana State, he went four innings while recording strikeouts for each of his first six outs. He faced just 18 batters and only allowed two earned runs, often doing quick work of his opposition.
It wasn’t too shabby of an opener for Weaver, especially considering the offensive pedigree of the Dans. Danville leads the Prospect League this season in runs scored with 252 in 27 games, an average of more than nine runs per game.
But Danville’s Blake Malatestinic did pitching a bit better last night. The Eastern Illinois hurler pitched a masterful six-inning, 14-strikeout performance on just 83 pitches while also getting strikeouts for his first 12 outs.
The Indianapolis resident pushed a no-hitter into the sixth inning and was just two strikeouts away from tying the Prospect League’s all-time single-game record. Outings like his are a big part of why Danville currently have a league-best 20-7 record.
It’s also due to the fact that Danville does well at capitalizing on opponent mistakes. After a scoreless first three innings, the Dans used the help of two wild pitches and a balk to cross home plate twice in the fourth.
Danville utilized similar tactics in the fifth and seventh innings, scoring four in the former thanks to three walks and a three-run homer by Long Beach State junior Aidan Malm. In the latter, the Dans capitalized on a three-error inning from the Terre Haute defense to score three and let their margin grow.
The Rex did score three runs in the eighth, thanks to RBI singles from Aaron Beck and Justin Jenkins, but this was a case of too little too late.
Terre Haute will face the Springfield (Ill.) Sliders in a home-and-home series, starting Wednesday at Bob Warn Field. A Fourth of July game is scheduled in Springfield on Thursday at Robin Roberts Field.
The Rex will try to stop a streak of four consecutive losses.