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Mariners closer Edwin Diaz named AL Reliever of the Month of June

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Edwin Diaz (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

For the second time this season, Seattle Mariners closer Edwin Díaz has been voted June’s American League Reliever of the Month Presented by The Hartford.

Díaz appeared in 14 games for the Mariners, converting 12-of-13 save opportunities with a 1.88 ERA en route to earning his third career AL Reliever of the Month Award (also: July 2017 and April 2018). Across 14.1 innings pitched, the hard-throwing right-hander tallied 20 strikeouts and did not surrender a home run, while limiting the opposition to just two walks and 12 hits. On Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, the Puerto Rico native notched his 30th save in Seattle’s 81st contest of the season. Díaz, who converted from a starting pitcher to a reliever during the 2015 season, became the third player since saves became an official statistic in 1969 to reach the 30-save mark across his Club’s first 81 games of a season, trailing only Francisco Rodríguez (31 in his record 2008 season) and Danny Graves (31, 2004). In addition, the 24-year-old became the first pitcher in MLB history to log at least 30 saves and tally at least 50 punchouts in those appearances. Overall, Seattle’s third round selection in the 2012 MLB Draft paces the Majors in saves (31) and is the 13th hurler in Major League history to collect at least 30 saves prior to the All-Star Game. The Mariners (54-31) enter play today with a perfect 40-0 mark when Edwin enters the game with a lead, including a 22-0 record when he pitchers with just a one-run lead.

All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman (1-0, 0.77 ERA, 11.2 IP, 19 SO) of the New York Yankees also posted a dominant month. Following his 20th save of the season on June 16th against the Tampa Bay Rays, the hard-throwing left-hander is joined by All-Stars Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen as the only pitchers in the Majors to record at least 20 saves in each of the last seven seasons (2012-18). His 11 saves this past month matched Rafael Soriano (June 2012) for the third-most in a single calendar month in Club history, trailing only John Wetteland (15, June 1996) and Sparky Lyle (12, June 1973). Others receiving votes for AL Reliever of the Month included Chapman’s teammate Dellin Betances (12 G, 0.00 ERA, 22 SO, 1 H); May’s AL Reliever of the Month Blake Treinen (2-0, 0.68 ERA, 8 SV, 16 SO) and Lou Trivino (4-1, 2.45 ERA, 14.2 IP, 28 SO) of the Oakland Athletics; Chris Devenski (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.0 IP, 12 SO) and Brad Peacock (12 G, 0.68 ERA, 13.1 IP, 22 SO) of the Houston Astros; Joakim Soria (12 G, 0.00 ERA, 7 SV, 13 SO) of the Chicago White Sox; and Neil Ramírez (13 G, 0.00 ERA, 12 SO, 4 H) of the Cleveland Indians.

The American League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford, Edwin Díaz, will receive a specially designed plaque, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment. The Hartford, the Official Business Insurance & Employee Benefits Sponsor of MLB, has presented baseball’s annual Relievers of the Year Awards since 2015. The Hartford Presents the 2018 Relievers of the Year, named in honor of Mariano Rivera (American League) and Trevor Hoffman (National League), will again be presented during the World Series.

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Red Sox left-handed starter Chris Sale named AL Pitcher of the Month for June

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Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox 2017 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been voted American League Pitcher of the Month for June.

Across six starts for the Red Sox, Sale registered a 3-2 record with 60 strikeouts and a 1.76 ERA to claim his third career AL Pitcher of the Month Award, last winning with the Chicago White Sox in June 2015. The left-handed pitcher limited opposing batters to just 22 hits, nine walks and one home run over 41.0 innings pitched. Among qualified AL starting pitchers, Chris finished his dominant month second in strikeouts, tied for second in wins and fifth in ERA. This is Boston’s first Pitcher of the Month Award since Sale’s rotation-mate Rick Porcello in September during his Cy Young Award-winning 2016 season.

On June 24th against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park, the Lakeland, Florida native tossed 7.0 scoreless innings with 13 punchouts to lead Boston to a 5-0 victory. The outing was his eighth career scoreless start with at least 13 punchouts and four-or-fewer hits. The only other pitchers in MLB history to post more than eight such starts are Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan (17), Randy Johnson (9) and Sandy Koufax (9). In the final start of his awardwinning month against the archrival New York Yankees on Saturday night, Sale tossed 7.0 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts, permitting just a hit and one walk to secure his eighth win of the season. The 29-year-old joined Hideo Nomo (May 25, 2001), Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez (August 29, 2000 and September 10, 1999) and Ray Culp (September 21, 1968) as the only pitchers in Red Sox lore to post such a line. Moreover, the six-time AL All-Star became the second pitcher in franchise history to tally at least 60 strikeouts and allow fewer than 23 hits in a single calendar month, joining Martinez, who totaled 71 strikeouts and 20 hits allowed in September during his Cy Young Award-winning 1999 season. Across the Majors, only seven pitchers have accomplished the feat in Baseball history, and Sale was the first since last year’s Cy Young Award recipient Corey Kluber in June 2017.

Others receiving votes for AL Pitcher of the Month included All-Star CC Sabathia (3-2, 1.93 ERA, 32.2 IP, 28 SO) and All-Star Luis Severino (4-1, 1.60 ERA, 33.2 IP, 40 SO) of the Yankees; Tyler Skaggs (3-1, 0.84 ERA, 32.0 IP, 36 SO) of the Los Angeles Angels; Trevor Bauer (3-3, 2.18 ERA, 41.1 IP, 62 SO) and Shane Bieber (3-0, 0.96 ERA, 18.2 IP, 21 SO) of the Cleveland Indians; Blake Snell (3-1, 1.74 ERA, 31.0 IP, 37 SO) of the Tampa Bay Rays; June’s Reliever of the Month Edwin Díaz (14 G, 1.88 ERA, 20 SO, 2 BB) of the Mariners; Dylan Bundy (3-0, 1.98 ERA, 27.1 IP, 25 SO) of the Baltimore Orioles; and Sean Manaea (3-0, 2.84 ERA, 31.2 IP, 21 SO) and Blake Treinen (2-0, 0.68 ERA, 8 SV, 16 SO) of the Oakland Athletics.

In recognition of his Pitcher of the Month Award,  Chris Sale will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment.

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Cubs lefty Jon Lester NL Pitcher of the Month for June

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Jon Lester throwing in bullpen 2016 photo By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA - Photo of the Day Project, Oct. 27, 2017, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester has been voted National League Pitcher of the Month for his efforts in June.

Lester compiled a perfect 5-0 record with a 1.13 ERA and 20 strikeouts over five starts to earn his sixth career Pitcher of the Month Award, last winning in September 2016. Jon permitted 17 hits, two home runs and 10 free passes across 32.0 innings pitched. Among qualified NL starting pitchers, the left-handed veteran finished tied for first in wins and ERA, and allowed the second-fewest hits. This is Chicago’s first NL Pitcher of the Month Award since Jon’s former rotation-mate Jake Arrieta, who earned monthly honors last August.

Over the course of his dominant month, Lester tossed three scoreless outings while pitching at least 7.0 innings (June 3rd at New York Mets; June 9th vs. Pittsburgh Pirates; June 20th vs. Los Angeles Dodgers). With three such outings coming within the Cubs’ first 75 games of the 2018 season, the four-time All-Star is the first Cubs hurler since Arrieta during his 2016 All-Star campaign to accomplish the feat. Following his victory against the aforementioned Dodgers on June 20th, the Tacoma, Washington native became the first Cubs pitcher to post at least 6.0 innings in seven consecutive outings (May 18th-June 20th) since his rotation-mate Kyle Hendricks did so over a stretch of nine games last season from August 15th-September 23rd. Lester, who earned the win in each of his five starts in June, became the first pitcher in Cubs history, and the fifth in Major League history, to compile a 1.13 ERA-or-lower, five wins and no more than 17 hits allowed across a minimum of 32.0 innings of work in a single calendar month, joining Justin Verlander (September 2017), Matt Moore (April 2013), Doug Fister (September 2011) and Mike Witt (August 1986).

Starting pitcher Zach Eflin (5-0, 1.76 ERA, 30.2 IP, 28 SO) of the Philadelphia Phillies also posted a strong month on the mound. Over the course of his impressive period, the 24-year-old won each of his five starts without allowing more than two earned runs or two walks in any outing. Eflin, the 33rd overall selection by San Diego in the 2012 MLB Draft, became the first Phillies hurler to win five starts in one month since Cole Hamels in May 2012. Others receiving votes for NL Pitcher of the Month included Mike Foltynewicz (1-1, 1.13 ERA, 24.0 IP, 29 SO) of the Atlanta Braves; All-Star Zack Greinke (5-1, 2.97 ERA, 36.1 IP, 36 SO) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; and AllStar Jacob deGrom (6 G, 2.36 ERA, 42.0 IP, 49 SO) of the New York Mets.

In recognition of his Pitcher of the Month Awards, Jon Lester will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment.

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Dragons visit Loons in Saturday night action looking to go over .500 mark in 2nd half of Midwest League season

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Dragons GameDay

Saturday, July 7, 2018 Game # 17 (85)

Dow Diamond l Midland, Mich. l 7:05 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (8-8, 39-45) at Great Lakes Loons (1-15, 25-59)

RH Hunter Greene (3-6, 4.18) vs. RH Max Gamboa (2-4, 4.56)

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Great Lakes Loons (affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers) in the second game of a four-game series.

Season Series to Date:  Dayton 7, Great Lakes 1 (Dayton has won seven straight against Great Lakes).

 

Last GameFriday: Dayton 4, Great Lakes 2.  The Dragons overcame a 2-0 deficit, scoring two runs in the seventh inning to take a 3-2 lead as they held on in a sloppy first game of the set.  The game featured five errors and four of the six runs were unearned.  The Dragons, who had not committed more than one error in any game in exactly one month, had three including two in the fourth inning leading to both Loons runs.  Jose Garcia led the Dayton attack with two hits, two runs scored, a walk, and an RBI.  Four Dayton pitchers combined to allow just six hits and two unearned runs as Connor Bennett picked up the win.

 

2018 Team Notes

  • The Dragons will try for a third time to jump above the .500 mark in the second half for the first time.  They entered Thursday’s game with a 7-7 record but lost to Lake County 5-4.  The Dragons lost their first four games of the half but they have gone 8-4 since.
  • The Dragons have posted a 2.21 ERA in the month of July that ranks fourth in the league.  The Dragons are 4-2 in the month.
  • The Dragons have allowed three runs or less in 10 of their 16 second half games.  Their second half ERA is 3.58 (5.31 in the first half).  Outside of two high-scoring games vs. South Bend, the Dragons team ERA in the second half would be 2.59 in the other 14 games (125 IP, 36 ER).  The Midwest League average team ERA in 2018 is 3.91.

Greene Day: Dragons pitcher Hunter Greene has been selected to play in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures game at Nationals Park in Washington on Sunday, July 15.  Former Dragons outfielder Taylor Trammell, now with Daytona, was also selected.

Transactions: Relief pitcher Andy Cox has been promoted to Dayton from Billings.  Relief pitcher Jesse Adams has been placed on the disabled list.

2018 Individual Notes

  • Hunter Greene over his last eight starts:  43.1 IP, 30 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 9 BB, 51 SO, 1.87 ERA.  Greene has made 15 starts. His ERA in his first seven starts was 10.06.  Greene was selected as the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Co-Pitcher of the Month for June.
  • Packy Naughton over his last two starts:  13 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0.00 ERA.  Naughton has a current streak of 14 scoreless innings, the longest of the year by a Dayton pitcher.
  • Jose Garcia is batting .333 over his last 10 games with three doubles and a triple.  The streak has lifted Garcia’s average from .196 to .217.
  • Leandro Santana is batting .297 over his last 20 games to raise his season’s average from .190 to .227.
  • Malik Collymore has hits in 10 of the 11 games he has played in with the Dragons, batting .357.
  • Jeter Downs is batting .296 with two home runs and a .433 on-base percentage in the second half.
  • J.D. Williams has a six-game hitting streak, batting .381 (8 for 21).
  • Cory Thompson has posted a 1.94 ERA.  He is the league’s co-leader in games pitched with 30. 
  • John Ghyzel leads the MWL in saves with 16.  Ghyzel was the winning pitcher in the MWL All-Star Game on June 19.

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

Sunday, July 8 (2:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Tyler Mondile (2-7, 6.51) at Great Lakes LH Victor Gonzalez (0-3, 4.71)

Monday, July 9 (7:05 p.m.):  Dayton LH Packy Naughton (3-8, 4.47) at Great Lakes TBA

 

 

Dayton’s strong pitching too much for Loons to overcome in 4-2 win

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

 

July 6, 2018

 

Midland, Mich.—Four Dayton pitchers combined to allow just six hits and no earned runs as the Dragons came from behind to defeat the Great Lakes Loons 4-2 in the start of a four-game series on Friday night.  The win lifted the Dragons back to the .500 mark in the second half at 8-8.

Dragons starting pitcher Austin Orewiler, making just his second start of the year after 18 relief appearances, worked the first four innings, allowing two unearned runs on four hits with one walk and one strikeout.  The Dragons also got a strong outing from Ryan Nutof, who pitched the seventh and eighth innings, allowing two hits but no runs with no walks and two strikeouts.

John Ghyzel pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth inning, striking out the last two batters, for his league-leading 16th save.  The victory went to Connor Bennett (1-1), the second of four Dayton pitchers.  He worked two scoreless innings and did not allow a hit while striking out two and walking one.

Great Lakes took advantage of two Dayton errors in the fourth inning to score two unearned runs and take a 2-0 lead.  The Dragons started back in the fifth when Alejo Lopez tripled to start the inning and scored on a two-out single to center field by Jose Garcia to make it 2-1.

 

The Dragons took the lead in the seventh.  Raul Wallace, who had already made two sparking defensive plays in right field, singled to center to start the inning and Garcia walked.  Lorenzo Cedrola got a good bunt down toward third base and when the throw to first forced Brock Carpenter to reach toward Cedrola, the ball came out of his glove and rolled away.  Wallace scored on the play to tie the game and Garcia went to third.  Jeter Downs then singled to left field to bring in Garcia and make it 3-2.

 

The Dragons added a run in the top of the ninth when Garcia singled, went from first to third on a wild pick-off throw, and scored on a passed ball to extend the Dragons lead to 4-2.

The Dragons finished with seven hits on the night.  Garcia led the way, going 2 for 4 with an RBI, two runs scored, and a walk.  Lopez had a triple and two walks.

 

The Dragons have won eight of their last 12 games.  They can climb above the .500 mark for the first time in the second half with a win on Saturday.

Click here for the box score

Dayton (R-H-E): 4-7-3

Great Lakes (R-H-E): 2-6-2

 

Win:  Connor Bennett (1-1)

Loss:  Ricardo Hernandez (0-1)

Save:  John Ghyzel (16)

 

HRDayton: None

HRGreat Lakes: None

 

 

Notes:  The Dragons received left-handed relief pitcher Andy Cox from Billings on Friday and placed left-handed reliever Jesse Adams on the disabled list with a hip injury that is expected to require surgery.

The next Dragons home game is Wednesday, July 11 against the Quad Cities River Bandits in the start to a six-game home stand.

 

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

 

Game Broadcast:  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.

 

 

 

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