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Dayton Dragons update on roster/transactions



May 17, 2018


The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:


Right-handed pitcher Sarkis Ohanian has been placed on the disabled list.


Left-handed pitcher Max Wotell has been promoted to Dayton from Extended Spring Training.


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


Lansing puts Dayton away with back-to-back five-run innings en route to 12-2 shellacking May 16



May 16, 2018

Lansing, Mich.—The Lansing Lugnuts broke open a tie game with back-to-back five-run innings on the way to defeating the Dayton Dragons 12-2 on Wednesday night.  The Lugnuts have won the first three games of the four-game set that will conclude Thursday evening.


The Dragons took a quick lead when Jeter Downs opened the game with a home run to left field.  It was Downs’ fifth homer of the year and his second as the first batter of the game.  Lansing responded in the second when Brock Lundquist belted a two-run homer, his eighth of the season, to make it 2-1.


The Dragons tied the game in the fifth inning when Leandro Santana walked, raced around to third on Downs’ double, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-2.


But the Lugnuts exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth, and they added five more in the sixth to extend their lead to 12-2.  Lugnuts infielder Kevin Smith, who has been the league’s best hitter this season, drove in five of the 10 runs that Lansing scored over their two big innings as he belted a two-run home run and added a three-run double.  Smith increased his league-leading RBI total to 38.


Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton (3-3) had his roughest outing of the year.  He worked four and one-third innings, allowing seven runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout to suffer the loss.


The Dragons finished the night with seven hits.  Downs was 2 for 4 with a homer and double.  Miles Gordon went 2 for 2 with a walk and is 6 for 11 in the series.  John Sansone had one hit to extend his hitting streak to seven straight games.  Michael Beltre went 0 for 3 but drew a walk to extend his on-base streak to 30 straight games, the longest active on-base streak in the league.

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Dayton (R-H-E): 2-7-3

Lansing (R-H-E): 12-9-0

Win: Yennsy Diaz (4-1)

Loss:  Packy Naughton (3-3)

Save: None

HRDayton:  Jeter Downs (5th, 0 on base in first inning).

HRLansing:  Brock Lundquist (8th, 1 on base in second game); Kevin Smith (6th, 1 on base in fifth inning).



Notes:  The loss was the sixth in a row for the Dragons while Lansing won for the eighth straight time…Lansing began the night with 238 runs on the year, the only Midwest League team to top the 200 mark.


In the Standings:  The Dragons fell back to the .500 mark at 18-18.  They are in fourth place, six and one-half games behind first place Lansing and four games behind second place Bowling Green, the wildcard leader, in the Midwest League East Division.

Game Broadcast:  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.



ICYMI: Dragons rally from 9-3 deficit only to lose 10-9 to Lansing in 10 innings May 15



May 15, 2018

Lansing, Mich.—The Lansing Lugnuts broke a 9-9 tie with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as they overcame a big Dayton comeback to defeat the Dragons 10-9 on Tuesday afternoon.  The Lugnuts have won the first two games of the four-game series, both on two-out “walk-off” hits.


The Dragons trailed 9-3 in the top of the eighth inning when they exploded for six runs in the frame to tie the score.  The game eventually went to extra innings before Lansing’s Yeltsin Gudino singled through the middle with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to bring in a runner from second and end the game.


The Dragons collected 13 hits, matching their second highest total of the year.  Hendrik Clementina belted his eighth home run of the season, moving him into a tie for the Midwest League lead, while Miles Gordon had a single, double, and triple to lead the attack.  Michael Beltre also had three hits and Stuart Fairchild had a pair of RBI singles.


Lansing scored six runs in the second inning to jump out to a huge lead against Dayton starting pitcher Adrian Rodriguez.  The Lugnuts sent 11 batters to the plate in the second as Rodriguez lasted just one and two-thirds innings, allowing seven hits and six earned runs.


The Dragons started back in the third on Clementina’s home run to make it 6-1.  Fairchild drove in a run with a hit in the fourth, and Jeter Downs delivered an RBI double in the fifth to make it 6-3, but Lansing responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend their lead to 9-3.


In the Dayton eighth inning, Andy Sugilio doubled with one out, went to third on a single by Beltre, and scored on Fairchild’s single to make it 9-4.  John Sansone singled to load the bases, and Montrell Marshall’s sacrifice fly brought in Beltre to make it 9-5.  Fairchild scored on a wild pitch, and Sansone scored on Clementina’s single to center to make it 9-7.  Gordon followed with a triple to right to drive in Clementina, and Gordon scored on an error to tie the game.  The Dragons collected a season-high six hits in the inning and matched their season high with six runs.


The game was still tied 9-9 going to the 10th inning.  The Dragons, by rule, opened the inning with a runner at second base, but Sansone and Marshall both struck out, and after Clementina received an intentional walk, Gordon grounded out to second to end the threat.


In the bottom of the 10th, Lansing started the inning with a runner at second and Dayton reliever Ryan Nutof recorded two outs without the runner advancing, but Gudino rolled a grounder through the middle to drive in the run and end the game.

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Dayton (R-H-E): 9-13-1

Lansing (R-H-E): 10-15-2

Win: Matt Shannon (2-0)

Loss: Ryan Nutof (2-1)

Save: None

HRDayton:  Hendrik Clementina (8th, 0 on base in third inning)

HRLansing:  None



Notes:  The Dragons are batting .308 as a team in the two games in Lansing, collecting 24 hits, but they have dropped both games after falling in all four games played in Lansing in April…The Dragons had gone 4 for 30 as a team with runners in scoring position over the previous four games, but they improved to 7 for 20 (.350) in those situations on Tuesday, including 4 for 6 in the eighth inning…The game marked the third time this season that the Dragons have erased a deficit of six runs, but the first time they failed to close out the comeback with a win.  The Dragons won only one game over the previous four years after trailing by at least six runs at any point in that game.


In the Standings:  The Dragons loss was their fifth straight as they fell to 18-17.  They are five and one-half games behind first place Lansing and three games behind second place Bowling Green in the Midwest League East Division.  Lansing has won seven straight games.

Game Broadcast:  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.



Supreme Court rules in favor of Sports Betting

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This past Monday, May 14, The United States  Supreme Court overturned a 1992 federal law that effectively banned commercial sports betting in most states, opening the door to legalizing the estimated $150 billion in illegal wagers on professional and amateur sports that Americans make every hour, every day and every year.

The law the decision overturned, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which prohibited states from authorizing sports gambling. Among its sponsors was Senator Bill Bradley, Democrat of New Jersey and a former basketball star at Princeton University and the New York Knickerbockers. He said the law at that timewas greatly needed to protect the integrity of sports.

This new  decision will definitely result in profound changes to the United States’ part in sports wagering. Bettors will no longer be forced into hiding under the table to use secret wagering operations or use bookies. Placing bets will be done on mobile devices such as tablets, computers and phones. No longer does a person have to go to Las Vegas to wager a gamble.

NHL issues statement on Supreme Court decision on Sports Wagering




NEW YORK (May 14, 2018) – The National Hockey League released the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court decision:


“The Supreme Court’s decision today paves the way to an entirely different landscape – one in which we have not previously operated. We will review our current practices and policies and decide whether adjustments are needed, and if so, what those adjustments will look like. It’s important to emphasize that the Supreme Court’s decision has no immediate impact on existing League rules relating to sports wagering, and particularly, wagering involving NHL games. So, while changes may be considered in the future, today’s decision does not directly impact the operation of the League or any of our Clubs in the short term.”




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