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Dragons can’t contain Will Benson in 8-5 loss to Lake County




June 6, 2018


Eastlake, Ohio—Lake County’s Will Benson, the Cleveland Indians first round draft pick in 2016, blasted two home runs including a grand slam as the Captains topped the Dayton Dragons 8-5 on Wednesday night.  The Captains have won the first two games of the three-game series that will conclude on Thursday night.

Will Benson (courtesy Lake County Captains)

Benson moved into a tie for the league lead in home runs with 11 on the year.  He belted the grand slam in the first inning and added a solo homer in the eighth.


The Dragons trailed 7-0 through the first four innings and did not have a hit against Lake County starting pitcher Gregori Vasquez, but they exploded for five runs in the fifth.  Hendrik Clementina singled to start the inning and with one out, Miles Gordon reached on an error.  Leandro Santana singled in Clementina to make it 7-1, and Jose Garcia walked to load the bases.  Jeter Downs followed with a double to the left field fence to drive in Gordon and Santana as the Dragons pulled to within four at 7-3.  Andy Sugilio followed with an infield single that drove in Garcia to make it 7-4, and Downs scored on Michael Beltre’s sacrifice fly to draw the Dragons to within two at 7-5.


But the Dragons could not score again against Lake County pitching.  They had four hits over the final four innings but could not deliver the big hit to pull closer.  Benson’s solo homer in the eighth closed out the scoring.


Dragons starting pitcher Adrian Rodriguez was victimized by a defensive mistake in the first inning that would have gotten him out of the inning without a run scoring, but the Captains took advantage of the miscue by scoring five runs including the grand slam by Benson.  Rodriguez went three and two-thirds innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts.


Dragons reliever Wendolyn Bautista had a good night, going four and one-third innings and allowing just one run on two hits with no walks and four strikeouts.


The Dragons collected eight hits.  Clementina and Santana each had two.  The Dragons had two extra base hits, both doubles, by Clementina and Downs.


The Dragons fell to 29-28 on the year.  They are 22-10 at home, but just 7-18 on the road.

Click here for the box score

Dayton (R-H-E):  5-8-2

Lake County (R-H-E): 8-9-2


Win:  Gregori Vasquez (2-2)

Loss:  Adrian Rodriguez (3-2)

Save:  Cameron Mingo (2)


HRDayton: None

HRLake County: Will Benson, 2 (10th, 3 on base in first inning; 11th, 0 on base in eighth inning); Ernie Clement (1st, 0 on base in fourth inning).



Notes:  On Wednesday afternoon, the Midwest League announced the rosters for the 2018 MWL All-Star game in Lansing on June 19. Five Dragons were selected including catcher Hendrik Clementina, who will start for the East Division team as the designated hitter. Outfielder Stuart Fairchild, first baseman Montrell Marshall, and pitchers John Ghyzel and Cory Thompson.


Up Next:  The Dragons close out the three-game series at Lake County against the Captains on Thursday night at 7:00.  Packy Naughton (3-5, 4.83) will start for Dayton against Lake County’s Francisco Perez (3-3, 3.93).




Midwest League announces 2018 All-Star Game Field Staffs




South Bend, IN –- Richard A. Nussbaum II, President of the Midwest League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc., is pleased to announce the 2018 All-Star Game Rosters. The All-Stars were nominated and selected by the Field Managers of the Midwest League.


The Lansing Lugnuts, are hosting the 54th MWL All-Star Classic on June 19, 2018 at Cooley Law School Stadium, Lansing, Michigan.


The Field Staffs for the All-Star Classic will be:


Western Division – Quad Cities River Bandits

§  Mickey Storey, Manager

§  Graham Johnson, Pitching Coach

§  Dillon Lawson, Hitting Coach

§  Rafael Pena, Development Coach

§  Elliot Diehl, Athletic Trainer

§  Mike Hoffman, Strength & Conditioning Coach


Eastern Division – Lansing Lugnuts

§  Cesar Martin, Manager

§  Antonio Caceres, Pitching Coach

§  Matt Young, Hitting Coach

§  Dave Pano, Position Coach

§  Caleb Daniel, Athletic Trainer

§  Aaron Spano, Strength & Conditioning Coach




Dayton Dragons have five players selected for 2018 Midwest League All-Star Game



Stuart Fairchild

Hendrik Clementina

Cory Thompson

John Ghyzel












Montrell Marshall

The Midwest League today announced the rosters for the East Division and West Division all-star teams for the 2018 MWL All-Star Game at Lansing on June 19.  Five Dayton Dragons players were selected.  They are:

Catcher Hendrik Clementina (selected to start the game as the designated hitter)

Outfielder Stuart Fairchild

First baseman Montrell Marshall

Pitcher John Ghyzel

Pitcher Cory Thompson

Dragons All-Time Midwest League All-Star Game Participants

Over the first 18 years of the Dragons history, from 2000-2017, 86 Dragons players were selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star Game.  The list includes current Dragons manager Luis Bolivar as well as six players who later played in the Major League All-Star Game (Adam Dunn, Edwin EncarnacionJay BruceJohnny CuetoTravis Wood, and Justin Turner).  Here is the complete list of Dayton Dragons in the Midwest League All-Star Game:

2000: Jose Acevedo (RHP); Jim Manias (LHP); Casey Bookout (INF); Adam Dunn (OF); Austin Kearns (OF); Ray Olmedo (SS); Fernando Rios (OF); Randy Stegall (INF); Travis Thompson (RHP); Eric Welsh (1B); Braxton Whitehead (C).

2001: Randy Ruiz (1B); Wandel Campana (2B); Samone Peters (DH); Dustin Mosely (RHP).

2002: Bryan Prince (C); Edwin Encarnacion (3B); Noochie Varner (OF); Andy Boutwell (RHP); Daylon Childress (RHP); Nate Cotton (RHP); Brad Salmon (RHP).

2003: Todd Coffey (RHP); Juan Frias (LHP); Ryan Hanigan (C); Kevin Howard (2B); Domonique Lewis (OF); Mark Schramek (3B); Eddy Valdez (RHP).

2004: Luis Bolivar (INF); Chris Dickerson (OF); Calvin Medlock (RHP).

2005: Tonys Gutierrez (1B); Brad Morenko (RHP); Blake Hendley (RHP).

2006: Jay Bruce (OF); Johnny Cueto (RHP); Eric Eymann (INF); Mike Griffin (2B/OF); Blake Hendley (RHP); Craig Tatum (C); Travis Wood (LHP).

2007: Juan Francisco (3B); Rafael Gonzalez (RHP); Marcos Mateo (RHP); Drew Stubbs (OF); Justin Turner (2B); Pedro Viola (LHP); Chris Valaika (SS); Sean Watson (RHP).

2008: Jeff Jeffords (RHP); Joseph Krebs (LHP); Luis Montano (RHP); Denis Phipps (OF); Brandon Waring (3B).

2009: Kevin Coddington (C); Matt Fairel (LHP).

2010: Henry Rodriguez (2B).

2011: Daniel Corcino (RHP); Dominic D’Anna (1B); Josh Smith (RHP).

2012: Ryan Wright (2B).

2013: Alejandro Chacin (RHP); Drew Cisco (RHP); Ben Klimesh (RHP); Sean Lucas (LHP); Sal Romano (RHP); Robert Stephenson (RHP): Zach Vincej (SS); Jesse Winker (OF).

2014: Carlton Daal (SS); Ismael Guillon (LHP); Sal Romano (RHP); Nick Travieso (RHP).

2015: Tejay Antone (RHP); Brian Hunter (RHP); Tyler Mahle (RHP).

2016: Ariel Hernandez (RHP); Tanner Rainey (RHP).

2017: Michael Beltre (OF); Aaron Fossas (RHP); T.J. Friedl (OF); Scott Moss (LHP): Wennington Romero (LHP); Tony Santillan (RHP); Tyler Stephenson (C).


Dayton Dragons at Lake County Captains, Game Preview, Wednesday, June 6, 2018








Dragons GameDay

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Game # 57

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

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE


Dayton Dragons (29-27) at Lake County Captains (23-35)

RH Adrian Rodriguez (3-1, 4.91) vs. RH Gregori Vasquez (1-2, 3.57)

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Lake County Captains (affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) in the second game of a three-game series.  Season Series to Date:  Dayton 7, Lake County 2.

Standings:  The Dragons are in third place, seven games behind both Bowling Green and Lansing with 12 games to play in the first half season.

Last Game:  Tuesday: Lake County 10, Dayton 9. Lake County scored five runs over the last two innings including three in the bottom of the ninth to overcome a 9-5 deficit and win the first game of the series. The Captains took advantage of six walks over the last 1.2 innings of the game, with four of the six players who walked eventually scoring. Todd Isaacs delivered a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

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; 7-17 on the road. Their team ERA at home is 4.24 compared to 6.76 on the road. They are scoring more runs per game on the road (5.2) than at home (4.4). They have allowed 26 unearned runs on the road compared to 12 at home.
  • The Dragons team ERA in their 29 wins is 3.39 (260 IP, 98 ER). The ERA in the 27 losses is 7.50 (225.2 IP, 188 ER).

2018 Individual Notes

  • Hendrik ClementinaStuart FairchildMontrell MarshallJohn Ghyzel , and Cory Thompson have been selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star Game at Lansing on June 19. Clementina will start the game at the designated hitter position.
  • Hendrik Clementina is hitting .336 on the year with a .648 slugging percentage. He is tied for third 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 three 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.
  • Stuart Fairchild is batting .321 over his last 23 games to raise his average from .277 to .296. He has three home runs in his last 11 games.
  • Jose Garcia is batting .321 over his last 18 games, raising his average from .150 to .200.
  • 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

Thursday, June 7 (7:00 p.m.): Dayton LH Packy Naughton (3-5, 4.83) at Lake County LH Francisco Perez (3-3, 3.93)



Dragons blow 9-7 lead as Lake County scores three in 9th for 10-9 win; drops to 7-17 on road




Eastlake, Ohio-The Lake County Captains scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Dayton Dragons 10-9 on Tuesday night. The game was the opener to a three-game series.

The Dragons took a 9-5 lead to the bottom of the eighth inning before Lake County rallied for a walk-off win. The Captains scored two in the eighth to make it 9-7 and batted against Dragons reliever John Ghyzel, the Midwest League saves leader, in the ninth. Ghyzel struck out the first batter in the inning but walked the next three to load the bases with one out. Cory Thompsonreplaced Ghyzel and threw a wild pitch to bring in one run and move the runners to second and third. Thompson got Jose Vicente on a foul pop to the first baseman for the second out, but Todd Isaacs followed with a single to short left-center field to bring in two runs and end the game. Dragons pitchers walked six batters over the last inning and two-thirds of the game including four who eventually scored.

The Dragons took the lead briefly in the fourth when Miles Gordon doubled, stole third, and scored on Garcia’s sacrifice fly to make it 4-3. But Lake County answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to jump back in front, 5-4.


The Dragons enjoyed a big fifth inning as they took advantage of wildness by two different Lake County pitchers. John Sansone doubled with two outs before Captains pitcher Skylar Arias walked the next three to force in the tying run. Jordan Scheftz replaced Arias and hit Garcia with a pitch to give the Dragons a 6-5 lead. Scheftz then uncorked three straight wild pitches to clear the bases as the Dragons extended their lead to 9-5.


Lake County scored two runs in the eighth on a two-run homer by Vicente to make it 9-7. After the home run, the Captains loaded the bases with one out before Dragons reliever Ryan Nutof got a ground ball double play to end the inning.


The Dragons collected six hits. Gordon had two hits, both doubles. Kolozsvary had a double and three walks.


Dayton (R-H-E): 9-6-4

Lake County (R-H-E): 10-9-3


Win: Jonathan Teaney (1-3)

Loss: John Ghyzel (2-3)

Save: None


HR: Dayton: None

HR: Lake County: Jose Vicente (5th, 1 on base in eighth inning).



The Dragons fell to 29-27 on the year. Their road record dropped to 7-17 compared to 22-10 at home.


Up Next: The Dragons battle the Captains again on Wednesday in Eastlake at 7:00 p.m. Adrian Rodriguez (3-1, 4.91) will start for Dayton against Lake County’s Gregori Vasquez (1-2, 3.57).


The Dragons next home game is Friday, June 8 vs. Bowling Green.


ragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.


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








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