07-01-05 Weather halts a possible Mariners comeback
By Ryan Hines
LIMA -- The third straight Grand Lake Mariners game was affected by weather nature on Thursday night after rainouts occurred on both Wednesday and Thursday.
The Mariners were on the road at Lima and trailing 6-2 when the game was halted with Grand Lake batting in the top of the sixth with two outs. Lightning stopped the game at that point and it became an official game after a 25-minute rain and lightning delay.
Lima (8-10) led 6-0 before Grand Lake (8-5) received a pair of solo home runs from Ben Gaal and Ben Humphrey to get within four runs at 6-2 when the game was called.
The two Mariner home runs prompted a Locos pitching change as Lima manager Rob Livchak called on Anthony Williams in relief of hard-throwing Adam Burks. Williams recorded one out in the sixth inning when the lightning ended the contest.
Burks went 51/3 innings and gave up two runs on six hits. Burks (3-1) had been the Locos' closer since the first week of the year when Rony Mercado (strained ligaments in his foot) suffered a season-ending injury. Brad Seddon was the loser on the hill for the Mariners allowing six runs, just two earned, on seven hits with seven strikeouts.
The one Lima player that Grand Lake had trouble with was centerfielder R.C. Dickerson. Dickerson went 3-for-3 in the game with a home run and three RBI while also making a couple of sparkling plays in the field to prevent possible Grand Lake rallies.
Dickerson's solo homer started a two-run second inning where the Locos added the second run on a pair of Mariners errors.
The Locos pushed the lead to 3-0 when Michael Santowski laced an RBI single. Jay Morrow had an RBI single and Dickerson added a two-run single in the sixth frame for a 6-0 Locos advantage.
Grand Lake is back in action again tonight at home against Lake Erie for a 7:15 contest.
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