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Dragons to Saturday and Sunday games vs. Bowling Green to be televised on Dayton’s CW

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

 

(courtesy Dayton Dragons)

 

June 8, 2018

 

25 GAME BROADCASTS SPONSORED BY DP&L

 

DAYTON, OHIO—Dayton Dragons games on Saturday, June 9; and Sunday, June 10 will be televised live from Fifth Third Field on Dayton’s CW.  Game broadcasts will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.  The Dragons host the Bowling Green Hot Rods both dates.

 

Saturday and Sunday’s 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 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.

 

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
Saturday June 9 Bowling Green 7:00
Sunday June 10 Bowling Green 2:00
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 announce roster moves

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

 

June 8, 2018

 

The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:

 

Right-handed pitcher Sarkis Ohanian has been placed on the disabled list.

 

Outfielder Michael Beltre has been promoted from Dayton to Daytona (Florida State League).

 

Right-handed pitcher Aaron Quillen has been transferred from Daytona to Dayton.

 

Outfielder Mitch Piatnik has been promoted to Dayton from extended spring training.

 

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

 

Lake County sweeps 3-game series with Dragons after 5-2 Thursday win

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

 

 

June 7, 2018

 

Eastlake, Ohio—Lake County’s Jose Vicente belted two home runs and drove in three runs to lead the Captains to a 5-2 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Thursday night.  The win gave the Captains a sweep of the three-game series.

 

Lake County jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run home run by Oscar Gonzalez.  The Dragons battled back to tie the game in the second.  Montrell Marshall walked with two outs and Mark Kolozsvary followed with an infield single to third base.  Marshall scored on the play when the third baseman’s throw was wide of the bag and bounced into right field, and Kolozsvary went to third. Leandro Santana followed with a single to right to drive in Kolozsvary and tie the game at 2-2.

Jose Vicente clubbed two homers for Lake County

 

But Lake County jumped back ahead in the fourth on a two-run home run by Vicente, and he added a solo homer in the sixth to make it 5-2.  The homers were the sixth and seventh of the year for Vicente and gave him three in the three-game set with the Dragons.

 

The Dragons loaded the bases in the sixth inning on a pair of walks around a single by Michael Beltre, but they stranded three in the inning when John Sansone flied out to deep center field to end the threat.  The Dragons got lead off hits in the eighth and ninth but could not score.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton (3-6) worked the first four innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts to suffer the loss.  Reliever Austin Orewiler allowed one run over two innings, and Dauri Moreta pitched two scoreless frames.

 

The Dragons finished with six hits.  Beltre was 2 for 4 and his triple in the ninth was the only extra base hit of the night for the Dragons.

Click here for the box score

Dayton (R-H-E):  2-6-0

Lake County (R-H-E):  5-12-2

 

Win:  Francisco Perez (4-3)

Loss:  Packy Naughton (3-6)

Save:  None

 

HRDayton: None

HRLake County: Jose Vicente, 2 (6th, 1 on base in fourth inning; 7th, 0 on base in sixth inning); Oscar Gonzalez (9th, 1 on base in first inning).

 

 

The Dragons fell to 29-29 in the first half with 10 games to play.  They are 22-10 at home; 7-19 on the road.  The loss dropped them into a tie with South Bend for fourth place in the East Division of the Midwest League.

 

 

Dayton Dragons have upcoming homestand against Bowling Green Hot Rods

HOMESTAND PREVIEW WRITTEN BY JOSH HESS; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton Dragons Fifth Third Field from above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 8 – June 11, 2018

Fifth Third Field

Dayton, Ohio

 

**Game and Radio Broadcast Schedule**

  • Friday, June 8 – Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9 – Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:07 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 10 – Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 2:07 p.m.
  • Monday, June 11 – Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.

 

Scheduled Dragons starting pitchers for these games:

Friday: Tyler Mondile

Saturday: Hunter Greene

Sunday: Andrew Jordan

Monday: Adrian Rodriguez

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 both Saturday’s and Sunday’s game, WDTN Sports Director Jack Pohl will join Tom Nichols on the call for the TV broadcast.

**For Your Entertainment**

  • Friday, June 8
    • The Dragons will have their first ever “Defeating Cancer Night” featuring a special jersey to be worn by players and coaches for the first time ever. After the game, jerseys will be signed and auctioned off and all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the ACS and Pink Ribbon Girls.
    • As part of “Defeating Cancer Night”, Andrew Heil, a two-time cancer survivor will throw out the first pitch and the Dragons will acknowledge cancer survivors during the game. Prior to the game, there will be cancer information stations and giveaways.
    • The Dragons Drumline will perform once again before and after the game on the plaza and well as during the game on the field.
    • Before the game, youth baseball programs can march in the pre-game parade around the ballpark in front of fans, sponsored by IGS Energy.
    • Elda Ensemble will perform the National Anthem.
  • Saturday, June 9
    • Saturday is a Wendy’s Friends and Family Night at the ballpark with special offers and entertainment. It’s the best deal for fans!
    • BirdZerk! returns to Fifth Third Field for antics with players and umpires on the field during inning breaks.
    • For the third time this season, kids will take the field with Dragons players for the National Anthem as part of the Kroger Baseball Buddies program.
    • The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be on the plaza before the game with an archery trailer and watercraft simulator along with other activities! Fans can stop by for some pre-game fun and information on how to take advantage of fun summer activities.
    • Before the game, youth baseball programs can march in the pre-game parade around the ballpark in front of fans, sponsored by IGS Energy.
    • Rumpke will have a brand-new garbage truck on the plaza for fans to get a closer look at how their trash is picked up.
    • Montgomery County Environmental Services will be passing out water bottles upon exit of the game to encourage use of the bottle in place of one-use materials to help reduce waste.
    • All kids will have the chance to run the bases after the game.
  • St. Ignatius School will perform the National Anthem.
  • Sunday, June 10
    • Sunday is a Wendy’s Friends and Family Night at the ballpark with special offers and entertainment. It’s the best deal for fans!
    • The ZOOperstars! return to Fifth Third Field for in-game entertainment and antics.
    • For the fourth 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.
    • Jimmy Keys returns to the ballpark to delight fans with organ music.
    • All kids will have a chance to run the bases after the game.
    • The National Anthem will be performed by Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish.
  • Monday, June 11
    • Montgomery County Environmental Services host the first Heater’s RBI Night of the season. Fans that participated will be recognized for recycling efforts and can pick up special gifts. The next RBI Night will be August 15.
    • Great Clips will have a booth on the plaza before the game with an interactive prize wheel and free giveaways.
    • Roosters Road Show returns to Fifth Third Field for free wing sampling in the main plaza starting at 5:30 p.m. prior to the game.
    • The Retirement Village People will be back to entertain fans during inning breaks.
    • St. Luke Choir will perform the National Anthem.

**Dragons On The Field**

  • The Dragons are proud to have five All-Star selections for this year’s Midwest League All-Star Game on June 19 in Lansing. Representing the Dragons will be catcher Hendrik Clementina(chosen as the starting designated hitter), outfielder Stuart Fairchild, first baseman Montrell Marshall, and relief pitchers John Ghyzel and Cory Thompson. With five selections to this year’s All-Star roster, the Dragons have now had 12 players picked as mid-season All-Stars in the Midwest League over the past two seasons.
  • 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.

 

Game Preview: Dragons wrapup 3-games series at Lake County Thursday night

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragons GameDay

Thursday, June 7, 2018 Game # 58

Classic Park l Eastlake, Ohio l 7:00 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

 

Dayton Dragons (29-28) at Lake County Captains (24-35)

LH Packy Naughton (3-5, 4.83) vs. LH Francisco Perez (3-3, 3.93)

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Lake County Captains (affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) in the last game of a three-game series.  Season Series to Date:  Dayton 7, Lake County 3.

2018 Team Notes

  • The Dragons need three home victories to tie the franchise record for most home wins in a half (25). They have four home games remaining, all against Bowling Green.
  • The Dragons are 22-10 at home; 7-18 on the road. Their team ERA at home is 4.24 compared to 6.80 on the road. They are scoring more runs per game on the road (5.2) than at home (4.4). They have allowed 27 unearned runs on the road compared to 12 at home.
  • In an indication of the Dragons high number of close games, they lead the league in saves with 19 but also have nine blown saves. They are 15-11 in one-run games, with 26 of their 57 games decided by one run. They are 21-1 when leading after eight innings, with the only loss coming Tuesday.

2018 Individual Notes

  • Hendrik Clementina is hitting .341 on the year with a .652 slugging percentage. He is fourth in the MWL in home runs with nine and eighth in RBI with 34 despite not having enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting lead (he is two short of the minimum). With his current averages, he would lead the league in slugging percentage and OPS, and rank third in batting average 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.
  • Miles Gordon has a five-game hitting streak, going 6 for 18 (.333) with two doubles, a triple, and a home run.
  • John Ghyzel ranks first in the MWL lead in saves with 11.

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

Friday, June 8 (7:00 p.m.): Bowling Green TBA at Dayton RH Tyler Mondile (1-4, 6.75)

Saturday, June 9 (7:07 p.m.): Bowling Green TBA at Dayton RH Hunter Greene (1-3, 6.32) TV: Dayton’s CW (26)

Sunday, June 10 (2:07 p.m.): Bowling Green TBA at Dayton RH Andrew Jordan (1-1, 2.81) TV: Dayton’s CW (26)

Monday, June 11 (7:00 p.m.): Bowling Green TBA at Dayton RH Adrian Rodriguez (3-2, 6.00)

 

 

 

 

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