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Fairchild’s key triple, three doubles help Dayton Dragons end eight-game losing streak Sunday afternoon in 4-3 win over TinCaps



Stuart Fairchild (4) scores run to put Dragons up 4-1 on Ft. Wayne (photo courtesy Dayton Dragons)

April 29, 2018


Dayton, Ohio—Stuart Fairchild delivered a two-run triple and the Dayton Dragons turned three big double plays as they defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.  The Dragons snapped an eight-game losing streak with the win and salvaged a victory in the three-game series with Fort Wayne.

The victory was the Dragons first win since April 20, a game that extended their winning streak to nine straight.  They had lost eight in a row since the winning streak was snapped.

Dayton starting pitcher Packy Naughton (2-1) earned the win, going six strong innings.  Naughton struck out eight and walked only one, allowing three runs on eight hits.  Cory Thompson pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Naughton.  John Ghyzel entered the game to pitch the ninth inning with a one-run lead and struck out the side in order, firing a 99 mph fastball to get the last strikeout and notch his fourth save.

Fort Wayne scored one run in the top of the first inning to take an early lead, but the Dragons bounced back to tie the game in the second on a two-out RBI infield single by Hendrik Clementina.  Then in the third, the Dragons took the lead for good.  With one out, Jose Garcia and Michael Beltre delivered back-to-back singles.  With two outs, Fairchild tripled to the fence in right field, driving in both Garcia and Beltre, and when the relay throw to third from Carlos Belen skipped away, Fairchild raced in to score and give the Dragons a 4-1 lead.

Fort Wayne threatened to tie or take the lead in the sixth.  They plated one run to make it 4-2, and then loaded the bases with no one out.  Justin Lopez hit a bouncing ball toward the middle.  Dragons second baseman John Sansone went hard to his backhand side, fielded the ball while in contact with second base, and made an off-balance throw to first to complete a double play as a run scored to make it 4-3.  Naughton then got a pick-off to end the inning and preserve the lead.


The Dragons finished with seven hits, all in the first four innings.  Beltre and Fairchild each had two.


In the Standings:  The win improve the Dragons record 10-11 on the season.  They are in fifth place in the Midwest League East Division, five games out of first pending late Sunday finals in other league games.


Up Next:  The Dragons do not play on Monday.  They open a six-game road trip on Tuesday in Burlington, Iowa against the Burlington Bees at 7:30 p.m.  Tyler Buffett (0-0, 4.50) will make his first start for Dayton after logging seven relief appearances.


The next Dragons home game is Monday, May 7th against the Cedar Rapids Kernels at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  The game will mark the start of a six-game homestand for Dayton.


All Dragons 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.


Click here for the box score


Fort Wayne (R-H-E): 3-8-1

Dayton (R-H-E): 4-7-0


Win: Packy Naughton (2-1)

Loss: Nick Margevicius (1-1)

Save: John Ghyzel (4)

HRDayton: None

HRFort Wayne: None


Dragons losing streak reaches eight in 10-1 thrashing by Fort Wayne TinCaps on April 28



April 28, 2018


Dayton, Ohio—The Fort Wayne TinCaps scored runs in seven different innings as they defeated the Dayton Dragons 10-1 on Saturday night at Fifth Third Field.  The TinCaps have won the first two games of the series that will conclude on Sunday afternoon.


Hunter Greene, the Cincinnati Reds first round draft pick in 2017, started the game for Dayton and was charged with the loss. Greene threw 60 pitches over two innings, allowing six hits and four runs with two walks and five strikeouts.  Greene’s fastball topped out at 100 mph.

The Dragons have lost eight straight games directly on the heels of a nine-game winning streak.

Dragons pitchers walked 10 in the game and struck out 13.

The two teams combined for 29 strikeouts as the game lasted three hours and 41 minutes, just 15 minutes short of the Dragons club record for longest nine inning game.


The Dragons trailed 8-0 when they scored their run in the seventh inning.  Miles Gordon tripled and scored on Jose Garcia’s two-out single.  The Dragons finished with just five hits.  No player had more than one.

In the Standings:  The Dragons record dropped to 9-11 on the season.  They are in sixth place in the Midwest League East Division, five games out of first.

All Dragons 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.


Click here for the box score


Fort Wayne (R-H-E): 10-14-1

Dayton (R-H-E): 1-5-2

Win: Emmanuel Ramirez (1-0)

Loss: Hunter Greene (0-2)

Save: Adrian Martinez (1)

HRDayton: None

HRFort Wayne: None


Fort Wayne 6-5 win on April 27 pushed Dragons losing streak to seven games



April 27, 2018


Dayton, Ohio—The Fort Wayne TinCaps built a 6-1 lead and held off a furious Dayton comeback effort as they defeated the Dragons 6-5 on Fridaynight.  The loss was the Dragons seventh straight overall and snapped their eight-game home winning streak.

Dragons starting pitcher Wendolyn Bautista (0-1) was charged with the loss.  He allowed six runs in five innings, giving up six hits with three walks and five strikeouts.  Reliever Ryan Nutof was outstanding over three scoreless innings, lowering his earned run average to 0.66.  Cory Thompson tossed a scoreless top of the ninth and has not given up an earned run this season in eight and two-thirds innings.

The 10-hit Dayton attack was led by Narciso Crook, who had three hits including two doubles and two runs batted in.  Jose Garcia had three hits and scored three runs.  John Sansone’s home run was his second of the year. Jeter Downs had his third straight two-hit game.

In the Standings:  The Dragons fell to 9-10 on the season.  They have dropped to sixth place in the Midwest League East Division.

All Dragons 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.


Click here for the box score


Fort Wayne (R-H-E): 6-11-1

Dayton (R-H-E): 5-10-1


Win: Osvaldo Hernandez (2-2)

Loss: Wendolyn Bautista (0-1)

Save: Travis Radke (2)

HRDayton: John Sansone (2nd, 1 on base in eighth inning).

HRFort Wayne: Esteury Ruiz (3rd, 0 on base in fifth inning); Carlos Belen (3rd, 1 on base in fifth inning).


Dayton Flyers CB/KR Christian Searles signs as Non-Drafted Free Agent by Washington Redskins



Christian Searles


ASHBURN, Va. – University of Dayton cornerback Christian Searles has signed with the Washington Redskins a nondrafted free agent and will take part in the team’s upcoming rookie mini-camp.


A senior from Chicago, Searles is the only player in the 25-year history of the Pioneer Football League to earn five First Team All-PFL honors (cornerback in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and kick returner in 2015 and 2017).


Despite being avoided by opposing quarterbacks on a regular basis, Searles still tied for the conference lead in passes broken up (11) in 2017.  Searles also led UD in fumbles forced (2), was third in solo tackles (42) and was fifth in total tackles (58).   He was Dayton’s White Allen MVP this season.


Searles, who was also named the Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Year, was also Dayton’s special teams captain this season. He ranked seventh in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision with 825 combined kick return yards in 2017.  He was second in the PFL in both kickoff return average (23.8, behind San Diego’s Emilio Martinez) and punt return average (7.8, behind Campbell’s Jaquan Brooks).


A total of three Flyers, all cornerbacks as it turns out, have signed with NFL teams in the last five years. Searles joins Kyle Sebetic and Cameron Stubbs as NFL free agent signees.


Christian Searles running the football vs. Duquesne (courtesy Dayton)


Want to experience being a Minor League Player for a day? Dayton Dragons announce Buffalo Wild Wings Fantasy Day


April 30, 2018

For Immediate Release

Winners experience a day-in-the-life of a Dayton Dragons player

Dayton, Ohio – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step out of the dugout at Fifth Third Field and play for the Dragons? Here is your chance to find out! Buffalo Wild Wings and the Dayton Dragons have partnered for Dragons Fantasy Day on Friday, July 13 from 9 AM to 1 PM, at Fifth Third Field.

Buffalo Wild Wings will select 12 winners, who can each bring one guest, to have the ultimate Dayton Dragons experience. Dragons Fantasy Day winners will participate in baseball training, drills, and an exhibition game with Dragons players and coaches. Following the on-field experience, the winners will enjoy lunch and a Q&A session with Dragons coaches.

The winners and their guests will also receive:

  • A customized Dragons jersey with name and number of choice
  • A Dayton Dragons hat
  • A Louisville Slugger baseball bat
  • Action photos from the experience
  • Two stadium tickets to a sold-out Dayton Dragons home game

For more information and participating locations visit You must be 18 years or older to register and participate. The 12 winners can bring one guest to share in the same experience and receive the same prizes. Visit a Dayton-area Buffalo Wild Wings location for lunch or dinner and ask your server for an entry form to register to win. This promotion will run from May 1 to June 10.

More Information: The Dayton Dragons are the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and play a 70-game home schedule at beautiful Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, easily accessible from Interstate 75. Individuals and groups seeking information about Dayton Dragons group tickets, lawn tickets, the season ticket wait list, sponsorship opportunities or booking a Dragons speaker are encouraged to contact the Dragons by calling Megan Norkunas at (937) 228-2287, ext 144 or emailing at, or on the web


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