By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Quincy Gems shut out the Springfield Sliders for the third time this season Tuesday night.
Aaron Michel limited Springfield to three hits in six innings, and the Gems claimed an 11-0 Prospect League victory at Robin Roberts Field.
The Gems (11-5) moved a half-game ahead of Terre Haute (11-6) for first place in the West Division. The Sliders (4-15) are the only team the Gems have shut out. Springfield, which is hitting a league-worst .200, has been shut out seven times this summer, including four times in its last five games.
Michel struck out four and walked three en route to lowering his ERA to 1.05. Logan Blair, Zack Oakley and Austin Tribby each pitched an inning of relief.
Quincy took a 4-0 lead in the first inning after Ryan Light hit a two-run double, and Jake Ivory and Erik Maki had RBI singles. The Gems added two runs in the third inning before Thomas Richards hit a three-run home run in the fourth. Richards went 2 for 4 with four RBIs.
Caleb Howell was 4 for 5 with three runs scored, and Light went 3 for 5. The Gems tallied 15 hits.
Hannibal 7, Danville 1: Hannibal left-hander Travis McDonald silenced another foe.
McDonald tossed five scoreless innings to lead the Cavemen to victory at Clemens Field. He lowered his team-best ERA to 0.30. McDonald, who has tossed 30 innings, hasn't allowed a run since his season debut on May 31.
McDonald wasn't at his best against the Dans (9-7). He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out two. McDonald benefited from a pair of double plays.
Danville scored in the sixth off of Carl Brice to trim Hannibal's lead to 2-1 before Jamell Blue, Dustin Lawson and Wes Judish each tossed a scoreless inning to preserve the win.
Hannibal (8-10) led 4-1 in the eighth before Ryan Cooper drove home two runs with a triple. Jake Mangler's single chased Cooper home.
Brett Barker had an RBI single in the third inning after Zach Nichols put the Cavemen on the board with a run-scoring single in the first. Nichols also had an RBI single as part of Hannibal's two-run seventh.
Mangler led Hannibal with three hits.