Paints Win 10th Straight at Home, 5-3 vs Lafayette

July 12, 2018 - Prospect League (Prospect) - Chillicothe Paints News Release

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - The Chillicothe Paints, presented by Adena Health System, continued their Prospect League-best home win streak with a 5-3 comeback win over Lafayette Wednesday night at VA Memorial Stadium, the tenth-straight win for the Paints in front of the home crowd.

It was a pitcher's duel early, as Chillicothe's (23-14) Griffan Smith allowed just one hit and two baserunners through the first four innings and Lafayette's (14-22) Joe Graziano allowed a hit and walked two over the first six innings.

The Aviators broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth when Matthew Patton led off the inning with his third home run of the season to make it 1-0.

The Aviators plated two more in the top of the sixth. Bryce Ball doubled home Milo Beam and Kam Smith, who singled and doubled earlier in the inning, respectively. Chillicothe went to the bullpen and Ben Bulchik gave up a hit but struck out the two Lafayette batters to end the inning with Paints trailing 3-0.

Lafayette loaded the bases on three singles in the seventh, but Bulchik struck out the side to leave all three runners stranded.

The bottom of the seventh saw the Paints do all of their offensive damage. Dillon Dingler singled to start the inning, his second hit of the game. After an Andrew Czech single, Trace Hatfield doubled to cut the Lafayette lead to 3-1 and put runners at second and third with no outs. With one out, Drew DeVine struck out but was able to reach first on a wild pitch that also scored Czech. Lafayette brought in Patton, previously the Aviators' designated hitter, to pitch to Wyatt Belinda, who welcomed him to the mound with a three-run home run, the first of the year for Belinda, putting the Paints in front for good at 5-3.

Lafayette made it interesting in the ninth. The first batter walked, prompting the Paints to bring in closer Jack Raines. Donovan Clark then hit a ball to third, which was thrown wide of second base for an error, placing runners at first and second with no one out. Raines struck out Beam for the first out, then Jason Cryar hit a ball off the left field wall. Because it looked like it could possibly be caught, both runners held up, but Cryar ran nearly to second base before retreating to first, where he was tagged out as a result of a relay from left field to shortstop to first base for out number two. With Smith at the plate, Raines threw a pitch to the backstop. Dingler, the Paints' catcher, retrieved it and threw to Raines, who tagged out Kevin Dobos to end the game.

Bulchik (3-0) earned the win for his 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. He surrendered four hits, struck out seven and walked one. Raines collected his seventh save of the season, he struck out one and gave up one hit in one inning of work.

Graziano (2-2), who only allowed one hit and three baserunners through his first six innings, took the loss. The left-hander allowed four runs on four hits, walked two, struck out five and threw a wild pitch.

Chillicothe, leading the East Division by 2.5 games, now travels to Butler to play the BlueSox at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. They'll travel to play the West Virginia Miners in Beckley Friday and Saturday.

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