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India homers but Dragons lose series opener at West Michigan, 4-1



August 4, 2018


Grand Rapids, Mich.—Three West Michigan pitchers combined to allow just three hits while striking out 12 as the Whitecaps topped the Dayton Dragons 4-1 on Saturday night.  The game was the opener to a three-game series in Grand Rapids.


West Michigan took command of the game early, scoring single runs in the first two innings, and then adding two in the third to take a 4-0 lead.


The Dragons scored their only run in the sixth inning on a solo home run to left field by Jonathan India.  The homer was the first with the Dragons for India, the Reds first round draft pick earlier this summer.


Dragons starting pitcher Patrick McGuff (1-3) endured his first rough start with the team and was charged with the loss.  He worked two and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with two walks and no strikeouts.  He also committed a balk that brought in a run.


The Dragons bullpen had a good night, keeping the team within striking distance.  Wendolyn Bautista worked three and one-third scoreless innings, allowing just one base runner.  Aaron Quillen followed Bautista and worked two perfect innings, striking out one.


But the Dragons could not mount a productive attack at the plate.  After India’s homer in the sixth, they did advance runners to third base later in the sixth and again in the eighth inning, but they could not get the big hit.


The Dragons finished the night with only five hits.  Alejo Lopez was 1 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to eight straight games.

Click here for the box score

Dayton (R-H-E):  1-5-1

West Michigan (R-H-E):  4-8-0

Win:  Endrys Briceno (1-0)

Loss:  Patrick Guff (1-3)

Save:  Tarik Skubal (1)


HRDayton:  Jonathan India (1st, 0 on base in sixth inning).

HRWest Michigan:  Brock Deatherage (2nd, 1 on base in third inning).



In the Standings:  The Dragons dropped to 19-23 in the second half.  They began the night one-half game behind Fort Wayne in the Midwest League’s East Division Second Half wildcard race (#2 seed).  There are 28 games to play.


Dayton Dragons announce roster moves



August 4, 2018


The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:


Right-handed pitcher Hunter Greene has been placed on the disabled list.


Right-handed pitcher Jared Solomon has been promoted to Dayton from Billings (Pioneer League).  Solomon is scheduled to be the Dragons starting pitcher on Sunday.


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


2018 Reds draft choice Jonathan India, now playing at Single-A Dayton




Jonathan India

DAYTON, OHIO—Jonathan India, the Cincinnati Reds 2018 first round draft pick, has been promoted to the Dayton Dragons from Billings in the Pioneer League.


India was the fifth overall selection in the 2018 June draft.  He played college baseball at the University of Florida, where he was the 2018 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and a consensus First Team All-American.  At Florida in 2018, India batted .350 with 21 home runs and 52 runs batted in, appearing in 68 games.  His home run total was the fifth highest in school history, and his slugging percentage of .717 was the fourth highest ever at UF.


India has appeared in 17 professional games for the Reds Advanced-Rookie affiliates, Greenville and Billings, batting a combined .259 with three home runs and 12 RBI.


India is a native of Plantation, Florida.


The addition of India gives the Dragons the last two Reds first round draft picks (along with Hunter Greene in 2017).  He is the 17th Reds first round pick to play for the Dragons.


Reds #1 draft picks to play for the Dayton Dragons:


Austin Kearns

Ty Howington

David Espinosa

Chris Gruler

Homer Bailey

Jay Bruce

Drew Stubbs

Devin Mesoraco

Robert Stephenson

Nick Travieso

Phillip Ervin

Nick Howard

Alex Blandino

Tyler Stephenson

Nick Senzel

Hunter Greene

Jonathan India


For Dragons ticket information, call (937) 228-2287 or go to this link:




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





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 or call (937) 228-2287.


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



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

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)




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