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Archive for May 24th, 2018

Dayton Dragons GameDay Preview vs. visiting Lake County Captains



Dragons GameDay

Thursday, May 24, 2018 Game # 45

Fifth Third Field l Dayton, Ohio l 7:00 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE


Lake County Captains (20-26) at Dayton Dragons (23-21)

RH Nick Gallagher (0-1, 4.67) vs. RH Hunter Greene (0-3, 10.06)

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Lake County Captains (affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) in the last game of a four-game series.

Streaks:  The Dragons have won five of their last six games after an eight-game losing streak which came on the heels of winning nine of the previous 10.

Standings:  The Dragons are in fourth place, five games behind first place Lansing, and four and one-half games behind second place Bowling Green.

Last Game:  Wednesday: Dayton 5, Lake County 4. The Dragons broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Stuart Fairchild doubled with one out and scored on John Sansone‘s single. John Ghyzel pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his eighth save, getting a game-ending diving catch by Fairchild in left field with the tying run at first base. Fairchild and Andy Sugilio each had two hits for Dayton. Dauri Moreta was credited with the win.

2018 Team Notes

  • The Dragons do not have an error in the series through the first three games. Their last four-game series without an error was August 26-29, 2016 at Bowling Green.
  • 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, won nine of 10, lost the next eight, and have won five of the last six.
  • The Dragons are batting .314 (60 for 191) in their last six games. They have six home runs in those six games. Their full season team batting average has risen to .254, fifth best in the league.
  • The Dragons team ERA in their last six games is 3.06 (50 IP, 17 ER). The team ERA for the year is 5.13.

2018 Individual Notes

  • Hendrik Clementina is hitting .344 on the year with a .719 slugging percentage. He is tied for first in the MWL in home runs with nine and tied for fifth in RBI with 29 despite being seven plate appearances short of qualifying for the batting lead. He would rank fifth in the league in batting average and first in slugging percentage (by 48 points).
  • Stuart Fairchild over his last 11 games: 15 for 41 (.366) with one home run, four doubles a triple, and seven RBI. He also has a six-game hitting streak, batting .400 (8 for 20) during the streak.
  • Jose Garcia over his last seven games: 9 for 20 (.450) with five RBI and four walks to raise his average from .150 to .190.
  • John Ghyzel ranks first in the MWL lead in saves with eight. In 16 appearances, he has a 1.69 ERA.


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

Friday, May 25 (7:35 p.m.): Dayton RH Andrew Jordan (0-0, 1.80) at Bowling Green TBA

Saturday, May 26 (7:35 p.m.): Dayton TBA at Bowling Green TBA

Sunday, May 27 (7:35 p.m.): Dayton TBA at Bowling Green TBA

Monday, May 28 (1:05 p.m.): Dayton TBA at Bowling Green TBA




Sansone key hit, Fairchild game-saving catch fuels Dragons to 5-4 edging of Captains




John Sansone

Stuart Fairchild

May 23, 2018


Dayton, Ohio—Dayton’s John Sansone drove in the tie-breaking run with a hit in the eighth inning and left fielder Stuart Fairchild made a great game-ending diving catch as the Dragons held on to defeat the Lake County Captains 5-4 on Wednesday night.  The Dragons have won five of their last six games.  A crowd of 7,428 was in attendance at Fifth Third Field.


With the scored tied 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth, Fairchild lined a double to left field.  Sansone followed with a line drive hit to left that easily scored Fairchild to give the Dragons a 5-4 lead.

Lake County got a lead-off single in the ninth inning from Tyler Friis against Dragons reliever John Ghyzel, but Ghyzel retired the next two hitters with Friis remaining at first base.  J.J. Berardi hit a line drive toward left-center field.  Fairchild got an excellent jump on the ball off the bat and left his feet to make the catch and end the game.  Ghyzel picked up his eighth save to take over the league lead.


Lake County jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two runs in the second inning.  The Dragons battled back, scoring a single run in the bottom of the second when Fairchild reached on an infield single, stole second, and scored on a base hit by Hendrik Clementina.  In the third, the Dragons tied the game. With two outs, Jeter Downs walked and then scored all the way from first base on a base hit to right field by Andy Sugilio that was mishandled by Lake County’s Will Benson to make it 2-2.


Lake County regained the lead in the top of the seventh with two runs, but the Dragons answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 4-4.


Dragons starting pitcher Tyler Mondile worked the first five innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts.  Reliever Dauri Moreta (1-0) retired all five batters he faced to earn the win.


The Dragons collected 10 hits.  Fairchild and Sugilio each had two.  Fairchild’s double was the Dragons only extra base hit.

Click here for the box score

Lake County (R-H-E): 4-10-3

Dayton (R-H-E): 5-10-0


Win: Dauri Moreta (1-0)

Loss: Kyle Nelson (3-1)

Save: John Ghyzel (8)

HRDayton:  None

HRLake County:  None



Notes:  Wednesday’s victory marked the ninth time this season that the Dragons have scored the eventual winning run in their final offensive inning of the game…A total of 17 of the Dragons 23 wins have been come-from-behind victories…The Dragons improved their home record to 17-8…A Dayton win on Thursday will get the Dragons back to three games above the .500 mark for the first time since before the start of their four-game series in Lansing May 14-17 when they opened the set with an 18-15 record and dropped all four contests.

In the Standings:  The Dragons are 23-21, in fourth place, five games behind first place Lansing and four and one-half games behind Bowling Green, the wildcard leader, in the Midwest League East Division.


Up Next:  The Dragons close out the four-game series with the Captains on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Hunter Greene (0-3, 10.06) will start for Dayton against Lake County’s Nick Gallagher (0-1, 4.67).



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