Dorminy Dazzles to Complete Dogs Sweep, 7-2
Thomas Dorminy became the first five game winner in the American Association, tossing five solid innings as the Chicago Dogs defeated the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 7-2. Harrison Smith had two hits, including his fifth homer of the year, and Edwin Arroyo, K.C. Hobson, and Smith each drove in a pair of runs. The victory was the fifth in a row for Chicago, as they became the first team to sweep Winnipeg this season.
Chicago jumped out on top in the top of first, scoring two runs against Frank Duncan. Michael Crouse led off the game with a single and came around to score when Edwin Arroyo doubled. Arroyo moved to third on a fly out and scored on a ground out.
Winnipeg got one of those runs back in the bottom of the second. Logan Hill led off with a base hit and moved to second when John Nester walked. A fielder’s choice put runners at the corners before Jonathan Moroney singled to bring home Hill.
The Dogs responded right away in the top of the third, restoring their two-run lead. Crouse got the inning started once again, leading off with a single. He stole second and came home when Arroyo grounded a single into left.
In the fourth, the Dogs extended their lead to three. Harrison Smith singled with one down and moved to second on a wild pitch. He came home to score on a base hit by Brett Milazzo.
After giving up the second inning run, Dorminy (5-0) gave the Goldeyes very little opportunity to get back into the contest. He gave up hits in each of the next three innings, but no more than one. The Dogs starter came out after five innings, allowing five hits, two walks, and a run. He struck out four.
In the top of the sixth, the Chicago lineup gave their starter a proper send off by adding two more runs to pad his lead. Hobson led off with a single. Duncan retired the next two batters, but Smith turned on a 1-0 pitch, blasting his fifth homer of the season to make it a 6-1 Dogs lead. The Smith blast gave Chicago a homerun in seven straight games.
Paul Schwendel came on in the sixth and was absolutely brilliant for Chicago. He tossed three scoreless innings, retiring all nine batters he faced.
Each team added one more run. In the top of the seventh, Crouse scored his third run of the game when he came home on a sacrifice fly by Hobson. The Goldeyes scored one more run in the bottom of the ninth, when Smith came on in relief. Kyle Martin hit his sixth homer of the year, finishing off the scoring, 7-2.
Arroyo, Hobson, and Harrison each had two RBI for the Dogs. Milazzo had three hits and Crouse, Arroyo, and Smith each had two hits. Logan Hill finished 2-4 for Chicago.
By Robert Pannier