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Dayton Dragons start second half with roster changes

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

June 21, 2018

 

The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:

 

Outfielders Stuart Fairchild and Randy Ventura promoted from Dayton to Daytona.

 

Pitchers Tyler Buffett and Dauri Moreta transferred from Dayton to Billings.

 

Outfielder Andy Sugilio activated from disabled list.

 

Pitcher Andrew Jordan activated from temporary inactive list.

 

Outfielder Malik Collymore promoted to Dayton from Greeneville.

 

The Dayton roster remains at the Midwest League limit of 25 players.

 

Please note on the attached roster that uniform numbers have been assigned to today’s roster additions as well as several players who joined the Dayton club during the last road trip.

 

Dayton Dragons Roster update June 21 2018 (Dragons)

 

Dragons Friday, Saturday, Sunday games on Dayton’s CW against South Bend

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

25 GAME BROADCASTS SPONSORED BY DP&L

 

June 21, 2018

For Immediate Release:

 

DAYTON, OHIO—Dayton Dragons games on Friday, June 22; Saturday, June 23; and Sunday, June 24 will be televised live from Fifth Third Field on Dayton’s CW.  Game broadcasts will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.  The Dragons host the South Bend Cubs all three dates.

 

All three games are part of a 25-game television package this season, sponsored by Dayton Power & Light.  All games will be broadcast live and in high definition on the following outlets:

 

  • Over the air Channel 26.1
  • Spectrum Channels 13 and 1013
  • Direct TV and DISH Network Channel 26.

 

Dayton’s CW reaches approximately 500,000 households and over 1.2 million potential viewers in a 10-county area.

 

Dragons Director of Broadcasting Tom Nichols will handle the play-by-play for all telecasts this season.   WDTN Sports Anchor/Reporter Hutch Konerman will serve as color commentator on Friday.  WDTN Sports Director Jack Pohl will handle the commentator duties on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Nichols is in his 11th season with the Dragons and 31st year in Minor League Baseball.  He has broadcast over 3,900 minor league games since beginning his career in 1988 and has worked at every level of Minor League Baseball.  He is a Ball State University graduate and a native of Muncie, Indiana, where he was inducted into the Delaware County Athletics Hall-of-Fame in 2009.

 

Konerman joined WDTN-TV in 2004 as the Weekend Sports Anchor and Sports Reporter for 2 NEWS. He began his broadcasting career in public radio as a news and sports reporter for WVXU-FM in Cincinnati. He also served as a news reporter and producer at WGEM-TV in Quincy, Ill. and as Sports Anchor and Reporter for WHIO-TV in Dayton. Hutch received a regional Emmy for his sports feature in 2006.

 

Pohl has served as WDTN-TV Sports Director and Anchor since 2002 and has been with WDTN-TV since August 1995.  Jack is a Dayton native who attended Wright State University.  He began his broadcasting career at Centerville High School station WCWT.   He later moved on to work at various Dayton area radio stations, but is best known for his time as the Z-93 morning show personality with Kim Faris.  Jack is proud to have learned the TV business from WDTN’s legendary Omar Williams.  Jack was honored with the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Sportsmanship and Ethics Integrity Media service award.

 

Dragons 2018 Television Broadcast Schedule (remaining games)

Day Date Opponent Time
Friday June 22 South Bend 7:00
Saturday June 23 South Bend 7:00
Sunday June 24 South Bend 2:00
Friday July 13 Quad Cities 7:00
Saturday July 14 Kane County 7:00
Sunday July 15 Kane County 2:00
Friday July 27 Fort Wayne 7:00
Saturday July 28 Lansing 7:00
Sunday July 29 Lansing 2:00
Saturday August 18 Bowling Green 7:00
Sunday August 19 Bowling Green 2:00
Saturday August 25 Lansing 7:00
Sunday August 26 Lansing 2:00

 

 

Dayton Dragons Marshall with game-winning hit, earns Midwest League All-Star Game MVP

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

(courtesy Midwest League)

Midwest League All-Star Game

Lansing, Michigan

 

June 19, 2018

 

Dayton’s Montrell Marshall delivered a two-out, game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive in Dayton’s Stuart Fairchild from second base.  The East Division team won the game 3-2 in walk-off style.

 

Marshall was named the Most Valuable Player of the MWL All-Star Game, becoming the second Dayton player to receive this honor (Jay Bruce won it in 2006).

 

Dayton Dragons player performances in the 2018 Midwest League All-Star Game.

Montrell Marshall

 

 

Montrell Marshall:  Produced game-winning RBI single in bottom of the 10th.  Went 1-2 as a reserve first baseman.

Stuart Fairchild:  Went 0 for 2 as a reserve right fielder.  Scored winning run in 10th inning on Marshall RBI single.

 

Hendrik Clementina:  Started the game at the designated hitter position and went 0 for 2.

John Ghyzel:   Retired all four batters he faced with two strikeouts.  Struck out a batter for the final out in the top of the 9th inning.  Pitched a perfect 10th inning with one strikeout (inning began with a runner at second base by rule).

 

Cory Thompson:  Struck out the only batter he faced for the first out in the top of the 9th inning.

 

Dragons start second half of Midwest League season at home vs. Cubs and Loons

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

DAYTON DRAGONS

HOMESTAND PREVIEW

June 21 – June 27, 2018

Fifth Third Field

Dayton, Ohio

 

**Game and Radio Broadcast Schedule**

  • Thursday, June 21 – South Bend Cubs (Cubs) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 22 – South Bend Cubs (Cubs) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:07 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23 – South Bend Cubs (Cubs) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:07 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 24 – South Bend Cubs (Cubs) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 2:07 p.m.
  • Monday, June 25 – Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 26 – Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 27 – Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.

Scheduled Dragons starting pitchers for these games:

Thursday: Andrew Jordan

Friday: Hunter Greene

Saturday: Tyler Mondile

Sunday: Packy Naughton

All games broadcast on Fox Sports 980 AM and streamed via the Dragons website at www.daytondragons.com. Broadcasts are also available on the Dragons app for Apple and Android devices.

**Dragons On TV**

  • The games on Saturday and Sunday against Bowling Green will be televised on Dayton’s CW (WBDT-TV). It is available on the following outlets: Cable Channels 13 and 1013, Direct TV and DISH Network Channel 26, and over the air channel 26.1.
  • For Friday’s game, WDTN Sports Anchor Hutch Konerman will be on the call with Tom Nichols for the TV broadcast. For both Saturday’s and Sunday’s game, WDTN Sports Director Jack Pohl will join Nichols on the call for the TV broadcast.

**For Your Entertainment**

  • Thursday, June 21
    • Team Zoom comes back to Fifth Third Field for some high-flying dog entertainment throughout the game, presented by Franklin Equipment.
    • The U.S. Army Golden Knights Skydivers will parachute into the ballpark before the game. The Golden Knights Skydivers are one of three U.S. Military aerial shows.
    • All kids in the Frisch’s Dragons Kids Club can march in a pre-game parade and then enjoy the game from the lawn seats.
    • IGS Energy is hosting a booth on the main plaza before the game.
    • Before the game, youth baseball programs will march in a pre-game parade around the ballpark in front of fans, presented by IGS Energy.
    • Local scout troops will also march in a pre-game parade around Fifth Third Field.
    • Frisch’s Kids Club members can walk in a pre-game parade around the ballpark.
    • Centerville Community Chorus will perform the National Anthem and Pack 34 will serve as the Honor Guard.
  • Friday, June 22
    • Before the game, youth baseball programs can march in the pre-game parade around the ballpark in front of fans, sponsored by IGS Energy.
    • The Dragons Drumline will perform once again before and after the game on the plaza and well as during the game on the field.
  • Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus will perform the National Anthem.
  • Saturday, June 23
    • The first Fifth Third Bank Photo Days is at the ballpark for customers of the bank. From 5-5:45 p.m., customers that RSVP’d can get professional photos taken with players and get autographs as well. For more information, go to https://www.milb.com/dayton/fans/53perks.
    • Gem City Gymnastics will be at the ballpark to perform on the plaza prior to the game.
    • The Mini Dugout Dancers return to Fifth Third Field to perform before and during the game.
    • For the fifth time this season, kids will take the field with Dragons players for the National Anthem as part of the Kroger Baseball Buddies program.
    • Before the game, youth baseball programs can participate in a parade around Fifth Third Field, sponsored by IGS Energy.
    • The National Anthem will be performed by Connect III.
  • Sunday, June 24
    • The Dragons host the third Hometown Heroes spotlight night of the season. The spotlight for June highlights “Missed Milestones”. Service members and their families will have a birthday party before the game and then the entire stadium will sing “Happy Birthday”, led by Jimmy Keys, during the 7th inning stretch.
    • For the sixth time this season, kids will take the field with Dragons players for the National Anthem as part of the Kroger Baseball Buddies program.
    • Pre-registered bike riders and carpoolers will receive exclusive VIP parking and tickets to the game along with Dragons goodies.
    • Jimmy Keys returns to the ballpark to delight fans with organ music.
    • Before the game, youth baseball programs can participate in a parade around Fifth Third Field, sponsored by IGS Energy.
    • All kids will have a chance to run the bases after the game.
    • Greater Dayton Brass Ensemble will perform the National Anthem.
  • Monday, June 25
    • The Dragons are proud to recognize Shoes 4 the Shoeless during an inning break as part of the Community All-Stars Program.
    • Spotlight on Dayton-The Five Points Cloggers will perform during the game as well as on the main plaza before the game.
    • The Dragons Experience Baseball Camp will take place at field the in the early afternoon. In this sold-out experience, campers will learn baseball fundamentals from Dragons players and coaches and receive Dragons gear as well as a ticket to a future game.
    • The Retirement Village People return to Fifth Third Field to entertain fans during inning breaks.
    • The Great Clips booth is back on the plaza prior to the game with free giveaways and interactive games to play.
    • The Dragons Drumline will perform once again before and after the game on the plaza and well as during the game on the field.
  • Xenia Hospitality Chorus will perform the National Anthem.
  • Tuesday, June 26
    • Spotlight on Dayton-The Creative Movement Dancers will perform during the game.
    • The Better Business Bureau is presenting its Eclipse Integrity Awards in a pre-game ceremony.
    • The Dragons Experience Baseball Camp will take place at the field in the early afternoon. In this sold-out experience, campers will learn baseball fundamentals from Dragons players and coaches and receive Dragons gear as well as a ticket to a future game.
    • Princess Jade is back to entertain fans on the main plaza.
    • The National Anthem will be performed by the Daytones.
  • Wednesday, June 27
    • The Dragons will host the third Home Run for Life of the season. Five-year-old Bentley Renner will circle the bases and get high-fives from Dragons and Loons players as he is honored.
    • For the first time since Opening Day, the Shakertown Stompers will perform on the main plaza prior to the game.
    • Princess Jade and her carriage will be on the plaza before the game.
    • The Mini Dugout Dancers return to Fifth Third Field to perform before and during the game.
    • Liisa and Allie will perform the National Anthem.

**Dragons On The Field**

  • The Dragons are proud to have had five All-Star selections for this year’s Midwest League All-Star Game on June 19 in Lansing. Representing the Dragons were catcher Hendrik Clementina(chosen as the starting designated hitter), outfielder Stuart Fairchild, first baseman Montrell Marshall, and relief pitchers John Ghyzel and Cory Thompson. Marshall was named the All-Star Game MVP after driving in Fairchild for the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning.
  • The Dragons have six players on Baseball America’s Top 30 Reds Prospects list. This group is led by Reds number-two overall pick in the 2017 draft Hunter Greene. Greene is the second-rated prospect in the organization behind former Dragon Nick Senzel. Other top prospects on the Dragons roster include middle infielders Jeter Downs (#11 prospect) and Jose Garcia (#12). Outfielders Stuart Fairchild (#16) and Miles Gordon (#26) have shown versatility around the outfield this season. Packy Naughton (#28) is the lone left-handed pitcher on the Dragons roster.
  • Former Dragons player and hitting coach Luis Bolivar returns for his second year as manager. Former major leaguers Daryle Ward and Kevin Mahar return for their second seasons as hitting coach and bench coach, respectively. Former major league pitcher Seth Etherton joins the staff as pitching coach after spending last season in that role with the Billings Mustangs, short-season affiliate of the Reds.

 

 

Dragons can’t solve Whitecaps’ Manning and Schmidt in 8-0 loss to close out Midwest League First half

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

Grand Rapids, Mich.—West Michigan pitchers Matt Manning and Clate Schmidt combined on a four-hit shutout as the Whitecaps defeated the Dayton Dragons 8-0 on Sunday afternoon.  The Whitecaps completed a sweep of the three-game series with the Dragons in the final game of the first half.

 

The Dragons finished the half with a record of 31-37.  They finished in sixth place in the Midwest League East Division.  West Michigan finished at 36-34.

Matt Manning

Clate Schmidt

Grand Rapids, Mich.—West Michigan pitchers Matt Manning and Clate Schmidt combined on a four-hit shutout as the Whitecaps defeated the Dayton Dragons 8-0 on Sunday afternoon.  The Whitecaps completed a sweep of the three-game series with the Dragons in the final game of the first half.

 

The Dragons finished the half with a record of 31-37.  They finished in sixth place in the Midwest League East Division.  West Michigan finished at 36-34.

 

West Michigan built a 6-0 lead with three runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth to take command.  They added to runs in the seventh to close out the scoring.

 

The Dragons had some opportunities to score early in the game but they could not capitalize.  They put the lead-off man on base in the second, third, and fourth innings, but finished the day without advancing a runner past second base.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton (3-7) suffered the loss.  He worked three and one-third innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

 

New Dragons reliever Miguel Aguilar was the bright spot of the afternoon for the Dayton club.  He worked two and two-thirds innings without allowing a hit, walk, or run in his first game with the club.

 

Up Next:  The Dragons open the Second Half in the Midwest League’s split-season format on Thursday, June 21 when they host the South Bend Cubs at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Records for all MWL teams will revert to 0-0 to start the second half.  The top two second half finishers in each division will qualify for post-season play.  Lansing and Bowling Green, the top two finishers in the first half in the East Division, are ineligible for Second Half playoff spots.

 

Game Broadcast:  All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at wone.com. Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.

 

For Dragons 2018 ticket information, call (937) 228-2287.

 

 

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