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Archive for May 6th, 2018

Dayton Dragons at Clinton for Sunday afternoon affair; streaky team going for 7th straight win

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

 

Dragons GameDay

Sunday, May 6, 2018 Game # 27

Ashford University Field l Clinton, Iowa l 3:00 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

 

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Clinton Lumber Kings (affiliate Seattle Mariners) in the last game of a three-game series.  This is also the last game of the six-game road trip for Dayton.  Series to Date:  Dayton 2, Clinton 0.  Road Trip Record:  5-0.

Streaks:  The Dragons have won their last six games after an eight-game losing streak that came on the heels of a nine-game winning streak.

Standings:  The Dragons are in third place, one and one-half games behind first place Lansing, and one game out of second place.

 

Last Game:  Saturday:  Dayton 9, Clinton 5.  Hendrik Clementina, Jeter Downs, and Michael Beltré all hit two-run home runs in a six-run fourth inning.  Packy Naughton became the first Dayton pitcher this season to go seven innings as he allowed two runs and struck out a career high eight batters, retiring the final 11 he faced.  Beltré collected three hits while Clementina had two hits and four RBI to lead the Dragons as they built a 7-2 lead in the fourth.

 

2018 Team Notes

  • With a win Sunday, the Dragons would sweep two straight road series for the first time since July of 2014 when they swept three-game sets at Bowling Green (July 4-6) and at Beloit (July 16-18).  The Dragons played seven home games between those two road sets and went 1-6 in those home games.  The Dragons have not swept two straight road sets that were scheduled back-to-back since July 4-9, 2010, when they won three straight at West Michigan followed by three straight wins at Bowling Green.  Ironically, this streak took place in the middle of the Dragons longest-ever home losing streak (24 in a row) from June 29 to August 13, 2010.
  • The Dragons have been the streakiest team in professional baseball in 2018.  They started the year with a three-game losing streak, won the next nine games, lost the next eight, and have won the last six.
  • The Dragons have scored 42 runs in the five games (8.4 runs/game) on the road trip at Burlington and Clinton.  Burlington’s team ERA ranked first in the MWL entering the series with the Dragons.  Clinton’s team ERA ranked third in the MWL entering the series with the Dragons.

2018 Individual Notes

  • Michael Beltré is fourth in the MWL in batting average (.383) and first in on-base percentage (.507).  Beltré has a 10-game hitting streak, batting .436 with a .532 on-base percentage during the streak.  He also has an on-base streak of 21 straight games dating back to 2017, the fourth longest current OB streak in the league. 
  • Hendrik Clementina on the current road trip:  4 G, 7 for 13, 4 home runs, one triple, 11 RBI, and four walks.  This calculates to a .538 batting average; a 1.615 slugging percentage, a .647 on-base percentage, and an OPS of 2.262.   Clementina is hitting .386 on the year with an .825 slugging percentage.  He is tied for second in the MWL in home runs with six and tied for third in RBI with 23 despite being four plate appearances short of qualifying for the batting lead.  He would rank third in the league in batting average and first in slugging percentage (by more than 150 points).

ons GameDay

Sunday, May 6, 2018 Game # 27

Ashford University Field l Clinton, Iowa l 3:00 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (15-11) at Clinton Lumber Kings (14-11)

RH Tyler Mondile (0-2, 10.62) vs. LH Nick Wells (2-1, 4.81)

 

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

Monday, May 7 (7:00 p.m.):  Cedar Rapids RH Edwar Colina (2-0, 0.60) at Dayton RH Wendolyn Bautista (1-1, 6.20)

Tuesday, May 8 (7:00 p.m.):  Cedar Rapids LH Tyler Watson (2-1, 2.08) at Dayton RH Hunter Greene (0-2, 13.97)

Wednesday, May 9 (7:00 p.m.):  Cedar Rapids RH Bailey Ober (0-1, 19.29) at Dayton RH Adrian Rodriguez (1-0, 0.00)

 

 

 

Clementina, Naughton lead hot Dragons to 9-5 win at Clinton, Iowa; winning streak at 6 games

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

Clinton, Iowa—The Dayton Dragons hit three home runs in the fourth inning and starting pitcher Packy Naughton tossed seven strong frames as the Dragons defeated the Clinton Lumber Kings 9-5 on Saturday night.  The Dragons have won six straight games and will try to complete a perfect road trip on Sunday afternoon.

Naughton’s seven-inning performance was the longest of the year for any Dragons pitcher.  He allowed three hits and two runs in the first inning, then allowed just two base runners over the rest of his outing, finishing by retiring the final 11 hitters he faced.  Naughton (3-1) struck out eight batters to establish a new professional career high.

Hendrik Clementina

The Dragons trailed 2-1 through three innings before they exploded with six runs in the fourth.  Hendrik Clementina, Jeter Downs, and Michael Beltre each hit two-run home runs in the inning.  For Clementina, the home run was his sixth of the season and his fourth in his last four games.  The six-run inning was the biggest of the year for the Dragons and the first time they have hit three homers in the same inning.  Downs’ home run was his third of the year, while Beltre connected on his second as the Dragons built a 7-2 lead.

Packy Naughton

Beltre had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 straight games, matching Stuart Fairchild’s team season high.  Beltre raised his batting average to .383.  Clementina’s two-hit night raised his average to .386.

The Dragons held their 7-2 lead into the ninth inning when they added two more runs on a two-out single by Clementina that brought in Miles Gordon and Beltre.  Clementina drove in four runs in the game to give him 23 for the year in 17 games.

Clinton added three runs in the bottom of the ninth against Dragons reliever Ryan Nutof to close out the scoring.

The Dragons are 5-0 on their six-game road trip.  They have scored at least seven runs in all five games.

 

In the Standings:  The Dragons improved their record to 15-11.  They climbed to third place in the Midwest League East Division, one and one-half games behind first place Lansing.

Win: Packy Naugton (3-1)

Loss: Ryne Inman (1-2)

Save: None

HRDayton: Hendrik Clementina (6th, 1 on base in fourth inning); Jeter Downs (3rd, 1 on base in fourth inning); Michael Beltre (2nd, 1 on base in fourth inning).

HRClinton: Eugene Helder (2nd, 1 on base in ninth inning).

 

 

Up Next:  The Dragons close out the series and the road trip against Clinton on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 EDT.  Tyler Mondile (0-2, 10.62) will start for the Dragons against Clinton’s Nick Wells (2-1, 4.81).

 

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 wone.com. Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.

 

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

 

 

 

Historical highlights for Thursday, May 3, 2018: The 123rd Day of the Year

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Historical highlights for Tuesday, May 1, 2018: The 121st Day of the Year

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Ancient spring rites that related human fertility to crop fertility gave birth to most modern May Day festivities. May 1 is the traditional day to crown the May queen, dance around the maypole, perform mummers’ plays, and generally celebrate the return of spring. Although our Pilgrim fathers were horrified by these reminders of a pagan past and outlawed all such activities, the maypole dance remains an enduring event. In Great Britain, the custom of “bringing in the May” involves gathering “knots,” or branches with buds, on the eve or early morning of May 1. In England, a favorite branch is hawthorn. In Scotland and Wales, people choose the rowan, or mountain ash. In North America, we often select forsythia, lilac, or pussy willow branches to bring spring and the prospect of new life into our homes.

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