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Dayton Dragons announce special event for August 18: Jersey auction and Post-game Fireworks

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

 

HOMETOWN HEROES NIGHT FEATURES MANY ACTIVITIES

 

DAYTON, OHIO—The Dayton Dragons announced details today for Hometown Heroes American Celebration Night, presented by Dayton Development Coalition, Leidos, and the Dragons, on Saturday, August 18 at Fifth Third Field.  The Dragons host the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 7:00 p.m.

 

Hometown Heroes American Celebration Night will include many special events:

 

  • All Dragons players and coaches will wear special Stars & Stripes jerseys.  A jersey auction will begin after the game.  Proceeds will benefit the First Sergeant’s Council.
  • A post-game fireworks show will begin approximately 10 minutes after the final pitch of the game.
  • The National Anthem and God Bless America will be performed by the United States Air Force Band of Flight.  Colors will be presented by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard.
  • Pre-game activities will also include sky-divers and a Dove Release.
  • In-game activities will include an Air Force Swearing-In ceremony on the field; recognition of Airmen of the Year; a special Hometown Heroes video; a presentation by the Northmont NJROTC Rifle Team; and performances by the Mini-Dugout Dancers.
  • Children of military families will take the field with the Dragons players in a special version of the Kroger Baseball Buddies.
  • Several special areas will be set up on the plaza including a booth for the American Red Cross, a military Humvee, an Air Force Recruiting Office Raptor Vehicle, an Aeromedical display, information on the Air Force Marathon, and thank you cards for deployed military personnel.

 

For ticket information, go to www.daytondragons.com/tickets or call (937) 228-2287.

 

Dayton Dragons on road at West Michigan Whitecaps tonight, 7:05

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

 

Dragons GameDay

Saturday, August 4, 2018 Game # 42 (110)

Fifth Third Ballpark l Grand Rapids, Mich.l 7:05 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (19-22, 50-59) at West Michigan Whitecaps (20-20, 56-54)

RH Patrick McGuff (1-2, 2.66) vs. RH Tom de Blok (1-2, 3.46)

 

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the West Michigan Whitecaps (affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) in the first game of a three-game series.  This is game four of a 13-game, 14-day road trip for the Dragons.  Dragons Record to Date on the Trip:  1-2.

Season Series:  West Michigan 4, Dayton 2.  At West Michigan:  Whitecaps 3, Dragons 0.  Current Series:  First meeting.

 

Last GameFriday: Fort Wayne 5, Dayton 2.  TinCaps starting pitcher Osvaldo Hernandez did not allow a hit until the seventh inning and Fort Wayne withstood a Dragons comeback effort to win the series.  The Dragons trailed 3-0 before scoring two runs in the seventh to pull within one, but they had just one hit the rest of the night.  The Dragons finished with four hits including two by Alejo Lopez.

 

Playoff Chase:  The Dragons must finish in the top two among eligible teams in the East Division in the Second Half (six teams competing; Bowling Green and Lansing ineligible).  The Dragons currently are third in the Second Half race, one-half game behind #2 seed Fort Wayne.  The top five teams in the Second Half race are separated by just three games.

 

2018 Team Notes

  • Despite going 4 for 31 last night, the Dragons are batting .312 (68 for 218) as a team over their last six games, averaging 5.2 runs per game.  They batted .324 in the four-game series with Lansing ending Tuesday, their highest average in a series in 2018.  The Dragons had not hit .300 or higher in any series since May 18-20 vs. Great Lakes, when they hit .320.  They hit .278 in the series at Fort Wayne that ended last night.
  • The Dragons are batting .343 with men in scoring position over the last six games, going 23 for 67.
  • The Dragons have recorded exactly 16 hits in two of their last six games.  Previously, they had collected more than 14 hits in only one game since May 20.  They had at least 10 hits in five straight games prior to last night.

2018 Individual Notes

  • Alejo Lopez over his last 18 games:  25 for 64, .391, to raise his average from .247 to .312.  He has a seven-game hitting streak, going 13 for 30 (.433).
  • Hendrik Clementina over his last seven games:  10 for 27 (.370) with three home runs, three doubles, and seven RBI.
  • Jose Garcia over his last seven games:  11 for 30, .367, to raise his average from .221 to .232.  He is batting .272 in the second half after hitting .202 in the first half.
  • J.D. Williams has a five-game hitting streak, going 9 for 18, .500, to raise his average from .203 to .261.
  • Patrick McGuff in his four starts with the Dragons:  20.1 IP, 13 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 7 BB, 16 SO, 2.66 ERA (4 of the 6 earned runs were inherited runners).

Transactions: Starting pitcher Hunter Greene will be placed on this disabled list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.  He will not pitch for Dayton again in 2018.  Starting pitcher Jared Solomon will be promoted to Dayton from Billings to replace Greene in the rotation.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers (Game times are Dayton time) (All games on WONE 980 AM and www.daytondragons.com)

Sunday, August 5 (2:00 p.m.):  Dayton RH Jared Solomon (no record) at West Michigan RH Wilkel Hernandez (1-4, 5.66)

Monday, August 6 (7:05 p.m.):  Dayton LH Packy Naughton 5-9, 4.66) at West Michigan RH Dane Myers (3-3, 3.48)

 

 

 

Quad Cities River Bandits produce Midwest League leading 12th shutout in 6-0 conquest of Cedar Rapids

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Jason Kempf; COURTESY QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

July 29, 2018

 

Cedar Rapids, IA— The Quad Cities River Bandits recorded their league-leading 12th shutout of the season by defeating the Cedar Rapids Kernels 6-0 on Sunday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium.  Parker Mushinski, Luis Garcia and Tanner Duncan combined to limit the Kernels to just two hits.

 

The River Bandits fired out of the gates, putting up a crooked number in the first inning against Kernels starting pitcher Jordan Balazovic.  Marty Costes opened the game with a bouncer up the middle. He went to third base when Seth Beer dropped a shallow single into center field.  The hit extended Beer’s hitting streak to 15 games.  Colton Shaver went the other way with a two-RBI triple into the right field corner to put the Bandits on the board.  Alfredo Angarita increased the lead with a double down the left field line that brought Shaver home.  Ruben Castro finished off the outburst with an RBI single past third to make it 4-0.

 

After neither team scored for the next four innings, the Bandits added to their lead in the sixth.  Angarita opened the inning with a triple that landed on the warning track in right field.  Castro drove him in by lifting a sacrifice fly into center field and the lead was 5-0.

 

In the top of the eighth, Shaver and Chandler Taylor opened the frame with back-to-back singles.  Miguelangel Sierra took advantage by lining an RBI single into left field to score Shaver and widen the gap to 6-0.

 

Mushinski went 4.0 scoreless innings and allowed just one hit.  He walked six, the most in a game this season for a Bandits pitcher. Garcia followed with 4.0 scoreless innings of his own out of the bullpen to earn the win. He allowed just one hits and walked four. Duncan closed out the game by retiring the side in order in the ninth.

 

The River Bandits outhit the Kernels 13-2.  Shaver led all hitters with three hits and two runs batted in.  Castro also drive in two runs.  Joining them with two hits were Sierra and Angarita.

Click here for the box score

 

Quad Cities (R-H-E): 6-13-0

Cedar Rapids (R-H-E): 0-2-0

 

Win: Garcia (3-2)

Loss: Balazovic (5-2)

Save:

 

HRQuad Cities: None

HRCedar Rapids: None

 

 

The River Bandits (19-16, 59-46) resume the series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels (25-11, 57-48) on Monday night as the set shifts to Modern Woodmen Park.  First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. The Bandits will hand the ball to RHP Cesar Rosado (4-2, 4.16) on the mound against Kernels RHP Jhoan Duran (5-4, 4.73).

 

All River Bandits games are broadcast on 1170 K-BOB and TuneIn Radio.  Home games are also available with video on MiLB.TV.

 

Dominating pitching performance by Mac Sceroler aids Dragons in 8-2 Sunday win over Lugnuts

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

 

 

July 29, 2018

 

Dayton, Ohio—Dayton starting pitcher Mac Sceroler (suh-ROLL-er) allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings as the Dragons defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 8-2 on Sunday afternoon.  A crowd of 7,725 was in attendance at Fifth Third Field.

 

Sceroler, who began the season with the Dragons but made only four starts in April, returned with a dominant performance.  He did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and struck out six while walking two.  Sceroler retired 13 straight Lansing batters over one stretch and earned the win to improve to 2-2 with the Dragons.  Sceroler also made seven starts at Billings, going 2-2 with the Mustangs.

Mac Sceroler handcuffed Lansing allowing 2 hits

 

The Dragons collected 16 hits in the game, including three hits apiece for Jose Garcia, Alejo Lopez, J.D. Williams, and Raul Wallace. Lorenzo Cedrola added two more.

 

The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Williams tripled and scored on Wallace’s infield single.  Cedrola added a two-run single in the third to make it 3-0, and Lopez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth to force in a run and give the Dragons a 4-0 lead.  In the sixth, Lopez lined an RBI double to left-center to bring in one run, and two batters later, Hendrik Clementina doubled to drive in Lopez and make it 6-0.

 

Sceroler was replaced by Ryan Nutof to start the seventh inning, and Nutof struggled to throw strikes.  He gave up a hit and walked three including one that forced in the first Lansing run of the day.  Nutof was replaced by Miguel Aguilar with the bases loaded and two outs, and Aguilar walked the first batter he faced to force in the second run of the inning before Ryan Noda lined out hard to second base to end the inning.

 

The Dragons responded with a two-run single from Garcia in the bottom of the seventh to make it 8-2 and close out the scoring. Aguilar was credited with a save, working the final two and one-third innings and allowing one hit but no runs.

Click here for the box score

Lansing (R-H-E):  2-4-0

Dayton (R-H-E):  8-16-1

Win:  Mac Sceroler (2-2)

Loss:  Jordan Barrett (1-2)

Save:  Miguel Aguilar (1)

 

HRDayton:  None

HRLansing:  None

 

 

In the Standings:  The Dragons improved to 18-18 in the second half with the win.  They lead the Midwest League’s East Division Second Half playoff race, one game ahead of both South Bend and Lake County.  Lansing fell to 17-19.

 

Up Next:  The Dragons and Lugnuts battle in the third game of the four-game series at Fifth Third Field on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. Patrick McGuff (1-1, 1.80) will start for Dayton against Lansing’s Maximo Castillo (7-5, 5.46).

 

Lansing rallies late to defeat Dayton, 5-4 in Saturday’s action

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

 

July 28, 2018

 

Dayton, Ohio—The Lansing Lugnuts scored the tie-breaking run on an unusual play in the top of the eighth inning and held on to defeat the Dayton Dragons 5-4 on Saturday night.  The game was played at Fifth Third Field before a crowd of 7,881.

 

The Lugnuts scored four runs in the top of the second inning to take an early 4-0 lead.  The Dragons battled back with single runs in four different innings to tie the game 4-4 in the sixth, getting solo home runs from Hendrik Clementina in the second and Raul Wallace in the fifth.

 

In the top of the eighth, Lansing’s Ryan Noda reached on a single to right field with one out to start their rally.  Brandon Grudzielanek followed with an excellent bunt to the left side.  Dragons third baseman Leandro Santana fielded the bunt, but his throw to first was late and sailed over the head of Reshard Munroe, skipping off the back of the Lansing bullpen catcher.  Munroe retrieved the ball as Noda rounded third and tried to score.  Munroe threw home and Noda was tagged out by Dragons catcher Mark Kolozvary as Grudzielanek tried to advance all the way to third base on the play.  Kolozsvary fired to third, but the throw glanced off the glove of shortstop Jeter Downs, bounced into foul territory, and Grudzielanek came in to score.  Santana was charged with a throwing error on the play and Downs was given an error on the missed catch at third.

 

The Dragons could not advance a runner past first base over the final two innings as they fell to the Lugnuts in the first game of the four-game series.

 

Clementina had a good night at the plate for the Dragons, going 2 for 3 with his 13th home run of the year, a double, walk, and two runs scored.  Wallace also had two hits including a 414 foot home run off the batter’s eye in center field that was clocked off the bat at 110 mph.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Austin Orewiler allowed four runs (two earned) in the second but settled down and followed that rough inning with four scoreless frames.  Over his six innings, Orewiler allowed five hits with no walks and one strikeout.

 

Cory Thompson (5-4) worked two innings in relief of Orewiler and was charged with the loss, allowing the unearned run in the eighth.

Click here for the box score

Lansing (R-H-E):  5-7-0

Dayton (R-H-E):  4-8-4

Win:  Dalton Rodriguez (2-0)

Loss:  Cory Thompson (5-4)

Save:  Matt Shannon (5)

 

HRDayton:  Hendrik Clementina (13th, 0 on base in second inning); Raul Wallace (3rd, 0 on base in fifth inning).

HRLansing:  None

 

 

In the Standings:  The Dragons fell to 17-18 in the second half with the loss.  They remained in the lead for the wildcard spot in the Midwest League’s East Division Second Half race, one-half game ahead of both Fort Wayne and Lake County.  Lansing improved to 17-18.

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

 

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