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Dayton Dragons announce roster changes



June 14, 2018


The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:


Outfielder Andy Sugilio has been placed on the disabled list.

Reshard Munroe


Outfielder Reshard Munroe has been promoted to Dayton from extended spring training.


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

Dayton Dragons roster update June 14, 2018

Mondile, Chacon, Moreta and Nutof pitch Dayton to 2-1 win over South Bend



June 13, 2018


South Bend, Ind.—Four Dayton pitchers combined to scatter eight hits over the first six innings and then retire the final 10 batters of the game as the Dragons edged the South Bend Cubs 2-1 on Wednesday night.  The Dragons will try to complete a road series sweep of the Cubs on Thursday.

Tyler Mondile won his second game

Adrian Chacon

Dauri Moretav


Dragons starting pitcher Tyler Mondile (2-5) worked out of trouble in every inning, tossing five scoreless frames.  He allowed seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts to earn the win.

The Cubs stranded 10 runners over the first six innings and had men in scoring position in each of the six.  South Bend was 2 for 11 on the night with men in scoring position before Dragons relievers Dauri Moreta and Ryan Nutof combined for the final three and one-third innings without allowing a base runner.  Dragons pitchers have now allowed just one earned run in 18 innings in the series.


Ryan Nutof gets his second save

The Dragons broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning.  With two outs, Montrell Marshall walked on a 3-2 pitch and then scored from first on a double by Jose Garcia.  Mitch Piatnik followed with a base hit to center field to drive in Garcia and make it 2-0.  South Bend scored one run with two outs in the sixth inning to close out the scoring.

Moreta was dominant in a set-up role for the Dragons.  He went two and one-third innings, retiring all seven batters he faced, with six strikeouts including the last five batters he faced.  Nearly all of his strikeouts came on swinging strikes at breaking balls below the knees.


Nutof earned his second save with a perfect ninth inning, striking out the final hitter to close out the Dragons second straight win.


The Dragons finished with eight hits.  Garcia was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.


The Dragons improved to 31-33 in the first half with four games to play.  They can still finish with a winning record in the half by winning their final four, or reach the .500 mark with three wins.  South Bend fell to 33-32.

Dayton (R-H-E):  2-8-1

South Bend (R-H-E):  1-8-0


Win:  Tyler Mondile (2-5)

Loss:  Ricky Tyler Thomas (2-5)

Save:  Ryan Nutof (2)


HRDayton: None

HRSouth Bend: None


Notes:  The Dragons 3-2 win on Tuesday and their 2-1 victory on Wednesday marked the first two times all season that Dayton pitchers allowed less than three runs in a road game…The Dragons have committed just two errors over their last seven games…Mondile has allowed two runs or less in four of his last six starts.


Up Next:  The Dragons and Cubs close out the three-game series in South Bend on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Hunter Greene (1-4, 5.70) will start for Dayton against South Bend’s Erich Uelmen (4-5, 3.99).




Dayton Dragons start road trip with thrilling ninth inning to defeat South Bend Cubs, 3-2



June 12, 2018


South Bend, Ind.—The Dayton Dragons broke a 2-2 tie with one run in the top of the ninth inning and reliever John Ghyzel pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth to preserve a 3-2 victory over the South Bend Cubs on Tuesday.  The Dragons snapped a seven-game losing streak with the win in the opener of a six-game road trip that will conclude the first half in the Midwest League’s split-season format.

Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton was outstanding but came away with no decision.  He worked six and two-thirds innings, allowing two unearned runs, and came within one out of leaving the game with seven scoreless innings.  Naughton gave up seven hits but walked no one and struck out five.

John Ghyzel picked his 12th save of the season for Dayton

The Dragons game-winning rally began when Andy Sugilio reached on a two-out single in the top of the ninth.  With Sugilio running on the pitch, John Sansone lined a single to left to move Sugilio to third.  Mark Kolozsvary then hit a slow bouncer to shortstop.  South Bend’s Jhonny Bethencourt fielded the ball but threw high to first, pulling Austin Filiere off the bag.  Filiere jumped to catch the throw and tried to tag Kolozsvary before he landed, but Kolozsvary was called safe as Sugilio scored to give the Dragons the lead.


Ghyzel struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth on 3-2 pitches, then got a groundout to shortstop to end the game.  He picked up his league-leading 12th save.  The victory was credited to reliever Cory Thompson (4-1), who worked an inning and one-third of scoreless baseball, striking out three of the five batters he faced.

The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when J.D. Williams was hit by a pitch, stole second, and eventually scored on an error. In the sixth, Dayton’s Leandro Santana belted his fifth home run of the season, a solo blast, to make it 2-0.


South Bend tied the game in the seventh.  A Dayton error, the first committed by the Dragons after five straight games without a miscue, was followed by a two-out single and then a two-run double by Chris Singleton to tie the game at 2-2.


The Dragons finished with six hits.  Kolozsvary was 2 for 4 with a double.  Santana’s home run was his second in the last five games.


The Dragons improved to 30-33 in the first half with the win with five games to play.  South Bend fell to 33-31.

Click here for the box score

Dayton (R-H-E):  3-6-1

South Bend (R-H-E):  2-8-2


Win:  Cory Thompson (4-1)

Loss:  Brian Glowicki (1-3)

Save:  John Ghyzel (12)


HRDayton: Leandro Santana (5th, 0 on base in sixth inning).

HRSouth Bend: None


Notes:  Dragons catcher Hendrik Clementina was named on Tuesday as one of six participants in the Home Run Derby at the Midwest League All-Star Game on June 19 at Lansing.


Up Next:  The Dragons play at South Bend against the Cubs again on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. in the second game of the series.  Tyler Mondile (1-5, 7.02) will start for Dayton against South Bend’s Ricky Tyler Thomas (2-4, 2.62).



Dragons start six-game road trip at South Bend Cubs formely the Silver Hawks



Dragons GameDay

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Game # 63

Four Winds Field l South Bend, Ind. l 7:05 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE


Dayton Dragons (29-33) at South Bend Cubs (33-30)

LH Packy Naughton (3-6, 5.09) vs. RH Rollie Lacy (2-1, 2.50)

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the South Bend Cubs (affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) in the first game of a three-game series.  Season Series to Date:  Dayton 3, South Bend 0.

Last Game:  Monday: Bowling Green 4, Dayton 3Zach Rutherford hit a two-run home run to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning as the Hot Rods completed a sweep of the four-game series. The Dragons collected nine hits including two each by Randy Ventura and Leandro Santana. Dragons relievers Austin Orewiler and Ryan Nutof combined for five scoreless innings.

2018 Team Notes

  • The Dragons did not commit an error in the four-game set with Bowling Green. It was the first time the Dragons have played a four-game series without an error since August 26-29, 2016 vs. Bowling Green.
  • The Dragons threatened to tie the franchise record for most home wins in a half (25), but they have come up short. They entered the four-game series with Bowling Green with 22 home wins in the first half, but they were swept in the series.
  • The Dragons are 22-14 at home; 7-19 on the road. Their team ERA at home is 4.44 compared to 6.76 on the road. They are scoring more runs per game on the road (5.0) than at home (4.3). They have allowed 27 unearned runs on the road compared to 12 at home.
  • The Dragons have been the streakiest team in professional baseball in 2018. They started the year with a three-game losing streak, won the next nine games, lost the next eight, won nine of 10, lost the next eight, won seven of eight, lost the next three, won four of six, and have lost the last seven.
  • The Dragons are 4-19 against Bowling Green and Lansing this season; 25-14 against the rest of the league.

2018 Individual Notes

  • Hendrik Clementina is hitting .329 on the year with a .615 slugging percentage. He is tied for fourth in the MWL in home runs with nine despite not having enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting lead (he is three short of the minimum). With his current averages, he would rank third in the league in batting average and second in slugging percentage if he qualified. Clementina was named the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Hitter of the Month for May after batting .329 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in the month.
  • Jeter Downs has an eight-game hitting streak, going 10 for 34, .294…John Ghyzel ranks first in the MWL lead in saves with 11.



Rutherford’s homer leads Hot Rods to 4-3 win and series sweep of slumping Dragons




June 11, 2018


Dayton, Ohio—Bowling Green’s Zach Rutherford hit a two-run home run to break a 2-2 tie and the Hot Rods held on to defeat the Dayton Dragons 4-3 on Monday night.  The Hot Rods completed a sweep of the four-game series at Fifth Third Field before a crowd of 8,053.


Bowling Green scored single runs in each of the first two innings to jump out to a 2-0 lead, but the Dragons rallied to tie the game in the third.  The inning began with back-to-back singles by Mark Kolozsvary and Leandro Santana before Jose Garcia’s sacrifice advanced the runners to second and third.  Randy Ventura delivered an infield single that brought in Kolozsvary, and Jeter Downs singled to left field to drive in Santana and even the score at 2-2.

Zach Rutherford


But Bowling Green regained the lead in the fifth inning.  Taylor Walls walked to start the inning and Rutherford followed with a two-run home run to make it 4-2.  The homer was Rutherford’s fourth of the season.


The Dragons pulled within one run in the eighth when Montrell Marshall led off the inning with a double and eventually scored on a two-out single by Andy Sugilio to make it 4-3.  In the ninth, Ventura singled to center with two outs, but Bowling Green reliever Hunter Schryver struck out Dayton’s Jeter Downs looking to end the game.


Dragons starting pitcher Adrian Rodriguez worked the first four innings, allowing four runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. He was charged with the loss and fell to 3-3.


The Dragons finished with nine hits.  Ventura and Santana each had two.


The loss dropped the Dragons to 29-33 in the first half with six games to play.  Bowling Green improved to 41-21.

Click here for the box score

Bowling Green (R-H-E):  4-9-2

Dayton (R-H-E):  3-9-0


Win:  Austin Franklin (4-2)

Loss:  Adrian Rodriguez (3-3)

Save:  Hunter Schryver (7)


HRDayton: None

HRBowling Green: Zach Rutherford (4th, 1 on base in fifth inning).

Up Next:  The Dragons open a six-game road trip on Tuesday night at the South Bend Cubs at 7:05 p.m. Packy Naughton (3-6, 5.09) will start for Dayton against South Bend’s Rollie Lacy (2-1, 2.50).


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



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