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Dragons players, Clementina, Ghyzel named full-season Midwest League All-Stars

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

 

 

DAYTON, OHIO—The Midwest League has announced its 2018 full-season all-star team and additional player awards.  The full-season all-star team consists of nine position players and four pitchers from all 16 teams.  The team was selected through a vote of Midwest League managers.

 

Dayton Dragons catcher Hendrik Clementina was selected as the designated hitter on the full-season all-star team, while Dragons closer John Ghyzel was selected as the right-handed relief pitcher.

John Ghyzel

Hendrik Clementina

 

Clementina is tied for second in the Midwest League in home runs with 17.  His slugging percentage of .521 would rank second in the league, but he has not reached the minimum number of plate appearances to qualify.  Clementina has played in 82 of the Dragons 121 games, batting .268 with 52 runs batted in.

 

Ghyzel leads the league in saves with 18.  He has appeared in 38 games, posting an ERA of 3.49.  He has struck out 52 batters in 38.2 innings.

 

Clementina and Ghyzel become the 19th and 20th players in Dragons history to be selected to the full-season Midwest League all-star team.  Past Dragons honorees have included:

 

2000: Austin Kearns (OF); Braxton Whitehead (C)

2001: Wily Mo Pena (OF); Samone Peters (DH)

2002: Edwin Encarnacion (3B); Noochie Varner (OF); Nate Cotton (RH Relief Pitcher)

2004: Chris Dickerson (OF)

2006: Jay Bruce (OF)

2007: Justin Turner (2B); Chris Valaika (SS); Juan Francisco (3B)

2008: Zack Cozart (SS); Brandon Waring (3B)

2011: Billy Hamilton (SS), Drew Hayes (RH Relief Pitcher)

2015: Tyler Mahle (RH Starting Pitcher)

2017: Jose Siri (OF)

 

The following Midwest League awards were announced:

 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:             Elehuris Montero – Peoria

PROSPECT OF THE YEAR:             Royce Lewis – Cedar Rapids

MANAGER OF THE YEAR:               Craig Albernaz – Bowling Green

 

MLB suspends two minor leagues for violations of drug policies

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.om

 

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug and Treatment Program.

Minnesota Twins Minor League pitcher Alex Banks, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Twins, has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Boston Red Sox Minor League catcher Alberto Schmidt, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Lowell Spinners of the New York-Penn League, has received a 76-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

 

MLB suspends three minor leaguers for drug violations

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The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced this month that three Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Baltimore Orioles Minor League pitcher Ruben Garcia, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds of the New York-Penn League, has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League pitcher Eddison Polonia, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Pirates 2, has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Washington Nationals Minor League outfielder Jonathan Pryor, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League, has received a 76-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

 

Osvaldo Hernandez cools Dragons bats in August 3 win by Ft. Wayne, 5-2

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

Osvaldo Hernandez shut down Dragons offense

Fort Wayne, Ind.—Fort Wayne starting pitcher Osvaldo Hernandez did not allow a hit until the seventh inning as the TinCaps defeated the Dayton Dragons 5-2 on Friday night.  Fort Wayne’s victory allowed them to win the series, two-games-to-one.

 

Fort Wayne built a 3-0 lead before Dayton’s Alejo Lopez looped a single to right field to start the Dragons half of the seventh inning. Lopez went to third base when Jonathan India followed with a double to the left field fence, and Andy Sugilio’s infield ground out brought in Lopez to make it 3-1.  With two outs, Leandro Santana doubled off the right field fence to score India and make it 3-2.

 

But Fort Wayne immediately answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to rebuild their lead to three runs at 5-2.  The Dragons picked up only one more hit, a ninth inning bunt single by Lopez.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Mac Sceroler pitched well over his first five innings, allowing only a solo home run to Gabriel Arias in the fourth.  Sceroler gave up a two-out, two-run single in the sixth that allowed Fort Wayne to extend their lead to 3-0.  Sceroler finished with five and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

 

Reliever Cory Thompson replaced Sceroler with two outs in the sixth and finished the inning.  But Thompson was charged with two runs in the seventh as he threw wild pitches in the inning and gave up three hits.  Brian Hunter worked the final inning and two-thirds.

 

The Dragons finished with only four hits in the game after collecting 64 over the previous five games.  Alejo Lopez was 2 for 4 to lead the way, extending his hitting streak to seven straight games.

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Dayton (R-H-E):  2-4-1

Fort Wayne (R-H-E):  5-10-0

Win:  Osvaldo Hernandez (9-4)

Loss:  Mac Sceroler (2-3)

Save:  Travis Radke (14)

 

HRDayton:  None

HRFort Wayne:  Gabriel Arias (3rd, 0 on base in fourth inning).

Notes:  The Reds announced on Friday afternoon that pitching prospect Hunter Greene is suffering from an ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his right elbow and will not pitch for the Dragons again this season.  Greene will go to Arizona for injury rehabilitation.

 

In the Standings:  The Dragons dropped to 19-22 in the second half.  They fell one-half game behind Fort Wayne in the Midwest League’s East Division Second Half wildcard race (#2 seed).  There are 29 games to play.

 

Ft. Wayne beats Dragons with 2-run walkoff on August 2, 5-4

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

Fort Wayne, Ind.—The Fort Wayne TinCaps scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to battle back from a 4-3 deficit and defeat the Dayton Dragons 5-4 on Thursday night.  The two clubs have split the first two games of the series that will conclude on Friday night.

 

The Dragons nearly completed a big comeback of their own after trailing for most of the game.  Fort Wayne scored two runs in the first inning and another in the fourth to hold a 3-0 lead.  The Dragons were limited to three hits and no runs over the first six innings, but they started back in the seventh when J.D. Williams started the inning with a single, went from first to third on Reshard Munroe’s single, and scored on an error to make it 3-1.

 

In the top of the eighth, Dayton’s Hendrik Clementina blasted a solo home run with one out to make it 3-2.  It was Clementina’s 15th homer of the year.  Lorenzo Cedrola followed with a single to center, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Williams’ sacrifice fly to tie the game.  Munroe then belted a two-out triple and scored on a wild pitch to give the Dragons a 4-3 lead.

 

Dayton reliever Dauri Moreta pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth inning and went back to the mound for the ninth.  He allowed an infield single to start the inning and then issued a four-pitch walk to put runners at first and second with no outs.  Fort Wayne’s Kelvin Melean then bunted to the side of the mound.  Moreta fielded the bunt, but threw wildly to first base as the lead runner scored to tie the game, leaving runners at second and third with no one out.  Moreta got the first out on an infield pop up, but with the outfield drawn in, Fort Wayne’s Hunter Jarmon connected on a fly ball over the head of the Dragons center fielder, Cedrola, to bring in the winning run and end the game.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Austin Orewiler worked seven innings, allowing a two-run home run to the second batter in the first inning, and then settled in over the rest of his performance.  He allowed three runs on the night on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts, leaving the game with a 4-3 lead.  Moreta (1-1) was charged with the loss.

 

The Dragons finished with nine hits including six over the last three innings.  Monroe and Alejo Lopez each had two.  Clementina’s home run was his third in the last six games.

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Dayton (R-H-E):  4-9-1

Fort Wayne (R-H-E):  5-7-3

Win:  Dylan Coleman (1-0)

Loss:  Dauri Moreta (1-1)

Save:  None

 

HRDayton:  Hendrik Clementina (15th, 0 on base in eighth inning).

HRFort Wayne:  Jack Suwinski (6th, 1 on base in first inning).

In the Standings:  The Dragons dropped to 19-21 in the second half.  They lead the Midwest League’s East Division Second Half wildcard race (#2 seed), one-half game ahead of Fort Wayne.  There are 30 games to play.

 

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