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Hot Rods take series in Kentucky from Dragons, 5-1 (August 16)

Bowling Green, Ky.—Chris Betts hit a three-run home run to lead the Bowling Green Hot Rods to a 5-1 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Friday night.  The game was the rubber match of a three-game set and the final meeting of the year between the Dragons and Hot Rods.

 

The game was scoreless until Bowling Green scored one run in the fourth inning, and they took command with four more in the sixth when Betts hit his 18th homer of the year.

 

The Dragons trailed 5-0 when they scored in the top of the seventh inning.  Miguel Hernandez doubled to left field with one out and scored on Miles Gordon’s single through the middle.  But all eight Dayton hitters after Gordon’s RBI single were retired as the Hot Rods held on for the series win.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Connor Curlis allowed just one run over his first five innings before giving up a pair of home runs in the sixth after two errors had been committed in the inning.  Curlis left the game after five and two-thirds, charged with five runs (two earned) on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.  He suffered the loss and fell to 4-5 on the year.

 

Andy Fisher replaced Curlis to get the final out in the sixth.  Fisher worked out of a jam in the seventh and pitched a perfect eighth inning.  Fisher went two and one-third scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks with five strikeouts.

 

The Dragons finished the night with six hits.  No player had more than one.  Doubles by Hernandez and Juan Martinez were the only two extra base hits.  The Dragons were 1 for 8 with men in scoring position and struggled early to take the lead.  They had a runner at third with no outs in the third, and men at first and third with one out in the fourth, but failed to score in both innings.

Notes: Dragons catcher Morgan Lofstrom was ejected from the game in the top of the second inning by plate umpire Kevin Mandzuk.  The Dragons had questioned several balls and strikes calls in the first inning and Lofstrom became furious after a pitch was called a strike as he was batting in the second, resulting in the ejection.

 

Dayton (R-H-E): 1-6-2

Bowling Green (R-H-E): 5-8-1

Win: Alan Strong (9-4)

Loss: Connor Curlis (4-5)

Save: None

HRDayton: None

HRBowling Green: Chris Betts (18th, 2 on base in 6th inning); Osmy Gregorio (6th, 0 on base in 6th inning).

Dragons GameDay

Friday, August 16, 2019 Game # 53 (123)

Bowling Green Ballpark l Bowling Green, Ky. l 7:35 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (22-30, 50-72) at Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-21, 70-52)

LH Connor Curlis (4-4, 2.47) vs. RH Alan Strong (8-4, 3.06)

Click here for today’s complete Press Box Notes packet.

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Bowling Green Hot Rods (affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) in the last game of a three-game series.

 

Last Game:  Thursday:  Bowling Green 5, Dayton 1.  Hot Rods pitchers Miller Hogan and Michael Costanzo combined to scatter seven hits and Ford Proctor hit a two-run home run.  The Dragons only run came on a solo homer by Juan Martinez, which was the only extra base hit of the game for Dayton.  The Dragons had only two at-bats with men in scoring position, going 0 for 2.  They did not draw a walk.

 

The Playoff Chase:  With 18 games to play, the Dragons face a six-game deficit in the race for a playoff spot.  South Bend is the wildcard leader.

Individual Notes

  • Morgan Lofstrom has a seven-game hitting streak, batting .375 with one home run and seven runs batted in.
  • Mariel Bautista is hitting .306 with one home run over his last 15 games.
  • Eddy Demurias became the first pitcher in Dragons history to bat and score a run in the same game in Wednesday’s 12-inning Dragons win.  Demurias entered the game in the 10th inning as a pinch runner and batted in the 12th, reaching on a fielder’s choice and later scoring.  The last Dragons pitcher to bat was Nick Travieso in 2014.
  • Matt Lloyd hit a three-run home run in his first swing of his first game with the Dragons on August 9, becoming the second Dragons player this season to hit a homer in his first game with the club (Jay Schuyler on Opening Night).  Lloyd started his pro career at Billings earlier this summer by hitting home runs in his second, third, and fourth games with the team.  He was a 1st Team All-Big Ten choice at Indiana in both 2018 and 2019 and also served as the Hoosiers closer on the mound.
  • Matt Pidich over his last 26 games:  1.39 ERA, 45.1 IP, 29 H, 15 R, 7 ER, 14 BB, 50 SO.

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

Saturday, August 17 (7:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Eduardo Salazar (5-3, 4.52) at Lansing RH Cobi Johnson (2-6, 4.39)
Sunday, August 18 (1:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Jhon De Jesus (2-13, 5.08) at Lansing RH Sean Wymer (7-11, 5.75)

Monday, August 19 (7:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Adrian Rodriguez (5-2, 3.67) at Lansing RH Fitz Stadler (4-6, 4.84)

Tuesday, August 20 (12:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Lyon Richardson (2-9, 4.54) at Lansing RH Troy Watson (6-4, 3.32)

 

GAME RECAP & GAME NOTES WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols & Josh Hess; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

 

Dayton Dragons make roster move

August 16, 2019

 

The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster addition today:

 

Catcher Ernesto Liberatore has been transferred to Dayton from Daytona and activated from the injured list.

 

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

 

PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Bowling Green Hot Rods beat Dragons 5-1 (August 15)

Bowling Green, Ky.—Bowling Green pitchers Miller Hogan and Michael Costanzo combined to scatter six hits without allowing a walk as the Hot Rods topped the Dayton Dragons 5-1 on Thursday night.  The two clubs have split the first two games of the three-game series that will conclude on Friday night in Bowling Green.

 

Bowling Green’s Ford Proctor got the scoring started with a two-run home run in the third inning.  Dayton’s Juan Martinez responded with a solo homer in the fourth, his seventh home run of the year, to make it 2-1.  But the Dragons were shutout over the rest of the night, collecting just one hit after the fifth inning.  Bowling Green took command with three runs in the sixth to close out the scoring.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Lyon Richardson (2-9) was charged with the loss.  He worked five innings and allowed two runs on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts.  Richardson left the game trailing 2-1.

 

Dragons reliever Carlos Machorro returned to the club to pitch for the first time in 24 days.  He threw 40 pitches in one inning of work, allowing three runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout.  Moises Nova fired two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.

 

Juan Martinez led the Dragons offensively with the home run and a single, going 2 for 4.

 

Dayton (R-H-E): 1-7-1

Bowling Green (R-H-E): 5-7-1

Win: Miller Hogan (5-3)

Loss: Lyon Richardson (2-9)

Save: None

HRDayton: Juan Martinez (7th, 0 on base in 4th inning).

HRBowling Green: Ford Proctor (6th, 1 on base in 3rd inning).

Dragons GameDay

Thursday, August 15, 2019 Game # 52 (122)

Bowling Green Ballpark l Bowling Green, Ky. l 7:35 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (22-29, 50-71) at Bowling Green Hot Rods (30-21, 69-52)

RH Lyon Richardson (2-8, 4.95) vs. RH Miller Hogan (4-3, 3.10)

Click here for today’s complete Press Box Notes packet

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Bowling Green Hot Rods (affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) in the second game of a three-game series.

 

Last Game:  Wednesday:  Dayton 4, Bowling Green 1 (12 innings).  In the longest game under the current rules format that began at the start of the 2018 season, the Dragons outlasted the Hot Rods in a game played in 4:11.  Dayton scored three unearned runs in the top of the 12th to break a 1-1 tie.  Both teams scored one run in the 11th inning to break a scoreless tie.  Bowling Green was 0 for 17 with men in scoring position (stranding 13) while the Dragons were 2 for 14.  Eddy Demurias became the first Dayton pitcher to bat since Nick Travieso in 2014 when he grounded into a fielder’s choice in the 12th after entering the game as a pinch runner in the 10th (Dragons had used every position player when Demurias came to bat as the DH in the 12th).

 

The Playoff Chase:  With 19 games to play, the Dragons face a six-game deficit in the race for a playoff spot.  South Bend is the wildcard leader.

Individual Notes

  • Morgan Lofstrom has a seven-game hitting streak, batting .375 with one home run and seven runs batted in.
  • Mariel Bautista is hitting .328 with one home run over his last 14 games.
  • Matt Lloyd hit a three-run home run in his first swing of his first game with the Dragons on August 9, becoming the second Dragons player this season to hit a homer in his first game with the club (Jay Schuyler on Opening Night).  Lloyd started his pro career at Billings earlier this summer by hitting home runs in his second, third, and fourth games with the team.  He was a 1st Team All-Big Ten choice at Indiana in both 2018 and 2019 and also served as the Hoosiers closer on the mound.
  • Matt Pidich over his last 26 games:  1.39 ERA, 45.1 IP, 29 H, 15 R, 7 ER, 14 BB, 50 SO.

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

Friday, August 16 (7:35 p.m.):  Dayton LH Connor Curlis (4-4, 2.47) at Bowling Green RH Alan Strong (8-4, 3.06)

 

GAME RECAP & GAME NOTES WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols & Josh Hess; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

 

Dragons win 4-hour marathon game at Bowling Green, 4-1 (August 14)

Bowling Green, Ky.—The Dayton Dragons scored three runs in the top of the 12th inning and held on to defeat the Bowling Green Hot Rods 4-1 on Wednesday night in the longest Dragons game in more than two years.  Five Dayton pitchers combined to allow just four hits and no earned runs as Bowling Green went 0 for 17 with runners in scoring position.

 

The game lasted four hours, 11 minutes, making it the longest Dragons game in terms of both innings and clock time since Minor League Baseball adopted the current format of a “free runner” at second base to start each inning once the game goes beyond nine innings.  The format was utilized beginning with the 2018 season.  The last Dragons game to go longer was July 20, 2017, when the Dragons played a 13-inning game against Peoria that lasted four hours, 27 minutes.

 

After the Dragons broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the top of the 12th, reliever Matt Pidich tossed a scoreless bottom of the inning to close out the Dragons win.

 

The Dragons started the top of the 12th with free runner Juan Martinez at second base.  Matt Lloyd led off the inning with a base hit to left, moving Martinez to third.  Dragons pitcher Eddy Demurias, who had entered the game as a pinch runner in the 10th, came to bat with runners at first and third and no outs with no position players left on the bench to pinch hit.  In the first at-bat for a Dayton pitcher since Nick Travieso went to the plate in 2014, Demurias hit a slow roller to third, and Martinez was thrown out at the plate trying to score.  The result of the play left Lloyd at second and Demurias at first with one out.  Randy Ventura then hit a chopper to the right side of the infield that was fielded by Bowling Green first baseman Seaver Whalen, who initially looked to second base, then turned and threw to first.  Whalen’s throw struck Ventura and bounced away, allowing both Lloyd and Demurias to score as Ventura went to third.  Miles Gordon’s infield ground out brought in Ventura to make it 4-1.

 

Pidich retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 12th.  He was credited with the win to improve to 3-3.

 

The game was scoreless until the Dragons posted a run in the top of the 11th on a two-out single by Morgan Lofstrom to drive in Miguel Hernandez and give Dayton a 1-0 lead.  But Bowling Green tied the game in the bottom of the 11th on Ventura’s two-base throwing error at second base that brought in a runner from second with one out.  Pidich had to pitch out of a runner at second, out-out jam to get the game to the 12th inning.

 

Neither team scored in the 10th inning as Dragons reliever Clate Schmidt worked out of a tough situation to keep his team alive.  After the Dragons failed to score in the top of the 10th, Bowling Green started the bottom half of the inning with their free runner at second and no outs, but Schmidt worked out of trouble before giving way to Pidich to start the 11th.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Adrian Rodriguez worked four and one-third scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks with three strikeouts.  Reliever Jerry D’Andrea was outstanding after replacing Rodriguez with two men on base and one out in the fifth.  He retired all five batters he faced, including four on strikeouts.  Andrew McDonald worked two scoreless innings, pitching out of a bases loaded, two-out jam in the eighth.  Schmidt also tossed two scoreless innings, allowing no hits or walks.

 

The Dragons finished the night with seven hits including two each by Lloyd and Mariel Bautista.  Lofstrom’s RBI single extended his hitting streak to seven straight games.

 

Dayton (R-H-E): 4-7-2

Bowling Green (R-H-E): 1-4-3

Win:  Matt Pidich (3-3)

Loss:  Hector Figueroa (0-1)

Save: None

HRDayton: None

HRBowling Green: None

Dragons GameDay

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Game # 51 (121)

Bowling Green Ballpark l Bowling Green, Ky. l 7:35 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (21-29, 49-71) at Bowling Green Hot Rods (30-20, 69-51)

RH Adrian Rodriguez (5-2, 3.95) vs. RH Shane Baz (3-2, 3.34)

Click Here for the complete Press Box Notes packet

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Bowling Green Hot Rods (affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) in the first game of a three-game series.

 

Last Game:  Monday:  Lansing 4, Dayton 3.  The Lugnuts built a 4-1 lead over the first six innings and carried that lead into the ninth before holding off a Dayton comeback effort.  The Dragons scored two runs in the ninth on a two-out, two-run double by Morgan Lofstrom and had the tying and winning runs on base when the game ended.  Cameron Warren and Mariel Bautista each had two hits for Dayton.

 

The Playoff Chase:  With 20 games to play, the Dragons face a six-game deficit in the race for a playoff spot.  South Bend is the wildcard leader.

Individual Notes

  • Morgan Lofstrom has a six-game hitting streak, batting .421 with one home run.
  • Mariel Bautista is hitting .321 with one home run over his last 13 games.
  • Jay Schuyler is batting .304 with two home runs over his last 16 games.
  • Miles Gordon has a four-game hitting streak, going 4 for 12 (.333).
  • Matt Lloyd hit a three-run home run in his first swing of his first game with the Dragons on Friday, becoming the second Dragons player this season to hit a homer in his first game with the club (Jay Schuyler on Opening Night).  Lloyd started his pro career at Billings earlier this summer by hitting home runs in his second, third, and fourth games with the team.  He was a 1st Team All-Big Ten choice at Indiana in both 2018 and 2019 and also served as the Hoosiers closer on the mound.
  • Matt Pidich over his last 25 games:  1.45 ERA, 43.1 IP, 29 H, 14 R, 7 ER, 13 BB, 47 SO.

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

Thursday, August 15 (7:35 p.m.):  Dayton RH Lyon Richardson (2-8, 4.95) at Bowling Green RH Miller Hogan (4-3, 3.10)

Friday, August 16 (7:35 p.m.):  Dayton LH Connor Curlis (4-4, 2.47) at Bowling Green RH Alan Strong (8-4, 3.06)

 

GAME RECAP & GAME NOTES WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols & Josh Hess; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

 

Dayton Dragons recent roster moves

August 14, 2019

 

The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:

 

Right-handed pitcher Carlos Machorro has been activated from the temporary inactive list.

 

Right-handed pitcher Randy Wynne has been transferred from Dayton to Greeneville (Appalachian League).

 

Left-handed pitcher Alec Byrd has been transferred from Dayton to Billings (Pioneer League).

 

PRESS RELEASE DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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