Danny Payne continued his hot hitting with three hits inculding a home run and a double. Whit Robbins also collected three hits. The route allowed Danny Hall to subsitute liberally for the second straight game.
Chris Hick got the start for the Jackets and left the game after 4.2 innings with the score tied. Brad Roulon got the victory following 1.1 innings of quality work in relief. Ryan Turner, John Goodman and Danny Payne held the Panthers hitless over the final three innings. "Goody" looked very sharp in his outing and will be counted on to contribute more as the season progresses.
Brad Feltes started the game for the injured Wes Hodges. Hodges was suffering from a slightly strained calf muscle. I talked to Wes after the game and he said he could have played third tonight but they decided to rest it. He started the game as the designated hitter. Mike Trapani was forced to leave the game after fouling a pitch off his leg.
I also had a chance to talk to Bobby Moranda after the game about the health of Tim Gustafson and Blake Wood. Both are doing much better. Blake will start Friday's game and Gus will probably work in relief in two of the games at FSU. The weekend rotation will be Wood, Jared Hyatt and David Duncan.
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