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Archive for May 7th, 2019

LumberKings at Dragons Game Preview for Tuesday, May 7, 2019

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Josh Hess; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragons GameDay

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Game # 31

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

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Clinton Lumber Kings (15-14) at Dayton Dragons (11-19)

RH Humberto Mejia (2-0, 2.81) vs. RH Jared Solomon (0-1, 4.58)

 

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Clinton Lumber Kings (affiliate of the Miami Marlins) in the second game of a three-game series.

 

Streaks:  The Dragons have won three of their last four games after losing the previous six.

Last GameMonday:  Dayton 5, Clinton 4.  Bren Spillane blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a 4-3 deficit.  Clinton had scored three runs in the top of the eighth to take the lead, courtesy of a two-out, three-run double by Will Banfield.  The Dragons established a season high for home runs in a game by connecting on four.  Mariel Bautista, Morgan Lofstrom, and Carlos Rivero joined Spillane with homers, with those by Lofstrom and Rivero coming back-to-back in the third inning.  Dragons starting pitcher Lyon Richardson worked a career-high six innings, allowing just one unearned run on two hits.

 

Team Notes

  • The Dragons earned their first “last at-bat” win of 2019 on Monday when Bren Spillane hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 5-4 lead and eventual win.
  • Dragons pitchers have allowed four runs or less in five straight games for the first time in 2019 (they had not done it in three straight games prior to these last five games).  The team ERA over the last five games is 3.09 (44 IP, 15 ER) compared to the full-season ERA of 5.31.
  • The Dragons have committed just two errors in their last seven games. 

Individual Notes

  • Jay Schuyler over his last 12 games:  13 for 40 (.325) with eight runs batted in.  He is batting a team-leading .302 for the year.
  • Dragons shortstop Miguel Hernandez has committed just one error since April 15 covering 16 games.

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

Wednesday, May 8 (7:00 p.m.):  Clinton RH Tanner Andrews (0-0, 2.25) at Dayton RH Ricky Salinas (0-0, 4.50)

 

Thursday, May 9 (7:00 p.m.):  Burlington RH Jose Soriano (2-2, 2.13) at Dayton RH Jhon De Jesus (1-2, 4.33)

Friday, May 10 (7:00 p.m.):  Burlington RH Cole Duensing (2-2, 2.96) at Dayton RH James Marinan (1-3, 5.40)

Saturday, May 11 (7:08 p.m.):  Burlington RH Cristopher Molina (1-1, 1.61) at Dayton RH Lyon Richardson (0-3, 5.47)

 

Dragons beat LumberKings on Spillane’s 8th inning blast, 5-4

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

 

Bren Spillane

Dragons 5, Clinton 4

 

May 6, 2019

 

Click here for the box score

 

Clinton (R-H-E):  4-6-2

Dayton (R-H-E):  5-8-1

 

Win:  Julio Pinto (1-0)

Loss:  Tyler Mitzel (1-2)

Save:  None

HRDayton:  Mariel Bautista (5th, 0 on base in first inning); Morgan Lofstrom (1st, 0 on base in third inning); Carlos Rivero (1st, 0 on base in third inning); Bren Spillane (3rd, 1 on base in eighth inning).

NOTE:  THE HOME RUNS BY LOFSTROM AND RIVERO WERE BACK-TO-BACK.

HRClinton:  None

 

Dayton, Ohio—Bren Spillane’s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning erased a 4-3 deficit and lifted the Dayton Dragons to a 5-4 victory over the Clinton Lumber Kings on Monday night at Fifth Third Field.  The win was the third in the last four games for the Dragons as they opened a six-game home stand.  A crowd of 8,131 was in attendance.

 

The Dragons took a 3-1 lead in the third inning and held that lead until the top of the eighth when Clinton’s Will Banfield delivered a two-out, three-run double to give the Lumber Kings a 4-3 lead.

 

In the bottom of the eighth, Dayton’s Shard Munroe started the comeback rally with a sharp single to center field.  Miguel Hernandez sacrificed Munroe to second, and Spillane followed with a long home run to left field, his third homer of the year, to give the Dragons a 5-4 lead.

 

Dragons reliever Julio Pinto, who had given up the three-run double by Banfield in the eighth, returned to the mound in the ninth.  Pinto struck out the first batter of the inning before allowing a base hit to put the tying run at first base.  He notched another strikeout for the second out and then got a routine fly out to left field to end the game.

 

The Dragons got the scoring started in the first inning when Mariel Bautista blasted a 411-foot home run to left field that landed on the roof of the concessions building.  The home run, the fifth of the year by Bautista, gave the Dragons a 1-0 lead.

 

After Clinton tied the game with an unearned run in the second, the Dragons regained the lead in the third on back-to-back home runs by Morgan Lofstrom and Carlos Rivero to make it 3-1.  The homers were the first by consecutive batters for the Dragons since August 5, 2018, when Jose Garcia and Shard Munroe hit home runs at West Michigan.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Lyon Richardson worked a career-high six innings, allowing just one unearned run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

 

Alexis Diaz followed Richardson and pitched a scoreless seventh inning before allowing Clinton to load the bases with no one out in the eighth.  Diaz got a strikeout for the first out before being replaced by Andy Cox, who struck out the only batter he faced for the second out of the inning.  Pinto replaced Cox and surrendered the double to Banfield before working the scoreless ninth inning.

 

Notes:  The four home runs marked a season-high for the Dragons…Dayton starting pitchers had not worked more than five innings in a game prior to Sunday, when James Marinan tossed seven innings, and Richardson followed with six on Monday night…The Dragons committed one error on Monday, snapping a string of four straight games without a defensive miscue.

 

 

Dragons and Kettering Health Network presents the Strike Out Stroke™ Event

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Josh Hess; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

 

Stroke Survivor to Throw Out First Pitch on Thursday, May 9

 

Dayton, Ohio – Molly Roock, a stroke survivor, will throw out the first pitch at the Dayton Dragons game on Thursday, May 9 when Kettering Health Network presents the Strike Out Stroke™ event. Strike Out Stroke is a registered trademark of the “Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp.”

 

Molly’s story began on Christmas day 2018. While getting ready for work, she realized that her neck was hurting and just three days later, Molly couldn’t make it to work. After her first CT scan, the doctor came in the room, and it finally became clear: At 29 years old, Molly’s brain was bleeding.

 

Molly was transferred to Kettering Medical Center where she stayed in the intensive care unit for five days. It was there that she learned she had suffered a stroke. Her care team wasted no time starting therapy, knowing she had a long way to go. She would have to re-learn how to talk, how to walk, and how to function on her own.

 

Four months after her stroke, Molly has returned to work. The biggest thing she’s taken away from her experience is learning to listen to her body. “I never had the classic symptoms, and I was always fairly healthy,” Molly says. “If something in your gut is telling you something is wrong, it’s time to listen to your body.” Moving forward, Molly would like to continue to do what she can to raise awareness of what she’s been through.

 

The Dragons will be hosting the Burlington Bees at Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton at 7:00 p.m. Kettering Health Network will be on the plaza from 5:30 p.m. until around 7:15 p.m. with stroke awareness and prevention information, and they will also be passing out various stroke awareness items.

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 at (937) 228-2287, emailing at dragons@daytondragons.com, or on the web atdaytondragons.com.

 

 

Dragons, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio to honor Mason Moeller’s Anthem Home Run for Life, Wednesday, May 8

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Josh Hess; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Mason Moeller

Dayton, Ohio—Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio and the Dayton Dragons will host 5-year-old Mason Moeller during the unique Anthem Home Run for Life program on Wednesday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m., when the Dayton Dragons take on the Clinton LumberKings at Fifth Third Field.

 

The Anthem Home Run for Life program provides children in the Dayton region who are battling serious medical conditions with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Each honoree gets to take a lap around the bases at Fifth Third Field during a sold-out Dragons home game while the crowd cheers them on.

Mason Moeller

 

Mason’s Story

In November of 2014, Mason Moeller’s mom, Lisa, arrived home to be met with a concerned babysitter. Mason had slight congestion which developed into severe fatigue, labored breathing and excessive vomiting as the night went on. The next morning, Lisa and Mason’s dad, Kevin, drove a very tired 15-month-old Mason to their family doctor. What seemed like an ordinary trip to the pediatrician, turned the Moeller family’s life completely upside down.

 

Because of Mason’s condition, doctors immediately transferred him to the ER. After many failed IV attempts, doctors performed an intraosseous infusion (I.O.); a procedure where doctors drill the medication directly into the bone marrow of the shin. Mason’s parents soon learned he was in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and had type 1 diabetes. The next 24 hours are difficult. Giving too much medication to bring Mason out of DKA could result in brain damage; not giving enough medication could result in death.

 

According to doctors, Mason had picked up a common childhood virus. Typically, antibodies will fight off the illness however Mason’s body mistakenly fought off the insulin-producing beta cells in his pancreas destroying them. This kickstarted a sudden onset of type 1 diabetes symptoms. Now unable to produce insulin on his own, Mason will have to wear an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor for the rest of his life.

Mason Moeller

 

Even with all the advances in blood sugar monitoring and insulin delivery, it can still be a challenge for Mason. “Having type 1 diabetes makes me nervous because if I don’t regularly check my blood sugar, I could get really sick. But it makes me, and my mom and dad happy when we see clear results.”

 

Today, Mason is a spunky little 5-year-old and a preschooler at Anna Elementary.  Mason loves eating ice cream and wants to be an astronaut when he grows up. Though he is young, Mason is well educated in the technology and necessities that come along with type 1 diabetes.

 

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Dayton Dragons applaud all those who have been instrumental in Mason’s life, including his parents Kevin and Lisa, siblings Brea and Tucker, Dr. Pfeifer, and his entire medical team. Please join us in cheering on Mason as he completes his Home Run for Life at Fifth Third Field on May 8.

 

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 at (937) 228-2287, emailing at dragons@daytondragons.com, or on the web at daytondragons.com.

 

MASON MOELLER PHOTOS COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

Dragons Homestand highlights now through May 11, 2019

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Josh Hess; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

May 6 – May 11, 2019

Fifth Third Field

Dayton, Ohio

**Game and Radio Broadcast Schedule**

 

  • Monday, May 6 – Clinton LumberKings (Marlins) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 7 – Clinton LumberKings (Marlins) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 8 – Clinton LumberKings (Marlins) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 9 – Burlington Bees (Angels) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 10 – Burlington Bees (Angels) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11 – Burlington Bees (Angels) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:08 p.m.

 

All games are broadcast on Fox Sports 980 AM and HD Radio on 104.7 WTUI HD 2. All games are also streamed via the Dragons website at www.daytondragons.com. Broadcasts are also available on the Dragons app for Apple and Android devices.

 

Scheduled Dragons starting pitchers for these games:

Monday: Lyon Richardson (RHP)

Tuesday: Jared Solomon (RHP)

Wednesday: Ricky Salinas (RHP)

Thursday: Jhon De Jesus (RHP)

Friday: James Marinan (RHP)

Saturday: Lyon Richardson (RHP)

 

**Dragons On TV**

  • The game on Saturday against Burlington will be televised on Dayton’s CW (WBDT-TV).  It is available on the following outlets: Cable Channels 13 and 1013, Direct TV and DISH Network Channel 26, and over the air channel 26.1.

 

  • For the game, WDTN Sports Director Jack Pohl will be on the call with Tom Nichols for the TV broadcast.

 

**For Your Entertainment**

  • Monday, May 6
    • The Dragons will honor the third Top Teacher of the 2019 season! Ryan Espich, a fourth-grade teacher at Newton Elementary in Miami County will be recognized with an in-game presentation.
    • The Dragons are hosting the fifth MVP Night at Fifth Third Field, honoring 4th and 5th graders from Montgomery and Greene Counties.
    • The Madison High School Band will be on the plaza to entertain fans on their way into the park.
    • Bell Creek Intermediate will perform the national anthem.
  • Tuesday, May 7
  • The Dragons are hosting the sixth MVP Night of the season, honoring 4th and 5th graders from Montgomery and Clark Counties.
  • Rooster’s Road Show returns to the Fifth Third Field plaza for pre-game wing and sauce samplings. Get yours while they last!
  • CollegeAdvantage will have a booth on the plaza for fans to learn more information about Ohio’s 529 Plan.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Rushmore Elementary Choir.
  • Wednesday, May 8
  • The Dragons are proud to host the first Home Run for Life in 2019, presented by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Five-year-old Mason Moeller will be honored during the game against Clinton and will run the bases in front of a sold-out Fifth Third Field in recognition of his perseverance through a life-changing illness.
  • The Dragons are happy to welcome 4th and 5th grade students from Montgomery and Miami Counties to the park for the seventh MVP Night of 2019.
  • Winning Wednesday is back! The first thousand fans 18+ will get a free Ohio Lottery scratch-off ticket upon entering the ballpark. Good luck!
  • Bethel Elementary will perform the national anthem.
  • Thursday, May 9
  • Kettering Health Network presents Strike Out Stroke™ and will have an informational booth on the main plaza about stroke awareness and what to do if one were to suffer a stroke. In addition, Molly Roock, a stroke survivor, will throw out the first pitch.
  • The Dragons are happy to welcome 4th and 5th grade students from Warren and Montgomery Counties to the park as part of the eighth MVP Night in 2019.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Tipp Tones.
  • Friday, May 10
    • The first Fifth Third Bank Photo Days is at the ballpark for customers of the bank. From 5-5:45 p.m., customers that RSVP’d can get professional photos taken with players and get autographs as well. Click here for more information on how you can get your picture with the Dragons!
    • Gaming Fanatics will have a video game truck on the main plaza for fans to enjoy on their way into the stadium.
    • West Carrollton Robotics will be on the main plaza at 6:00 p.m. for a robot demonstration!
    • Culture Works will be outside for art on the plaza with many different organizations around the Dayton area. Come down and show off some creativity!
    • IGS Energy will have a booth on the plaza, stop by for information and games!
    • The Dragons welcome local youth baseball organizations for a pre-game parade around the warning track at Fifth Third Field.
    • Milton-Union Elementary will perform God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch
    • Kettering Children’s Choir will perform the national anthem.
  • Saturday, May 11
    • Jesse White Tumblers return to Fifth Third Field for the first time this season to amaze fans during innings breaks. You won’t want to miss this acrobatic display that has your heart racing from start to finish!
    • Girls on the Run Dayton invites you to Fifth Third Field to run alongside hundreds of local girls in their first ever 5K race! Gates open at 8:00 a.m. for pre-race fun before the 5K commences at 9:30 a.m. Register today!
    • Great American Cleanup is taking place Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until noon and Dragons players, staff, Green Team members as well as Heater will be in attendance to help kick off the event! The cleanup will be at 216 East Nottingham Road in Dayton and the Dragons will have prizes and giveaways during the kick off, register today!
  • On Saturday, fans can catch one of the six nights of fireworks at Fifth Third Field in 2019, presented by Associated Builders and Contractors! The fireworks will start shortly after the end of the game.
    • Associated Builders and Contractors will also have a table on the plaza with information on their summer job fair.
    • The Dragons will host more local youth baseball organizations at the ballpark for a pre-game parade around the warning track.
    • Harman Elementary will perform God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch.
    • The national anthem will be performed by National Trail Middle School and High School and Butler Tech Criminal Justice will provide the Honor Guard, which will be aired live on Dayton’s CW.

**Dragons On The Field**

  • The Dragons are in the midst of their 20th Anniversary Season having sold out 1,328 consecutive games. Dayton finished the 2018 season having the eighth highest total attendance in all of Minor League Baseball and the highest among non-Triple A level clubs. In total, the Dragons had a total attendance of 550,725 with an average of 7,868 fans per game.
  • The Dragons have seven players on Baseball America’s Top 30 Reds Prospects list. This group is led by the Reds’ fourth-round draft pick in the 2018 draft, Michael Siani. Siani is the eighth-rated prospect in the organization after being selected out of high school in Philadelphia. Outfielder Mariel Bautista (#16 prospect) has shown an advanced approach at the plate in his time in the Reds system. Other top prospects on the Dragons roster include infielders Juan Martinez (#22) and Bren Spillane (#30), the latter was the 2018 Big 10 Player of the Year at Illinois before being chosen in the third round. Right-handers Lyon Richardson (#17) and James Marinan (#19) along with left-hander Jacob Heatherly (#23) are all expected to make significant impacts on the mound this season for the Dragons.
  • Former Dragons player and hitting coach Luis Bolivar returns for his third year as manager. Former major leaguer Kevin Mahar returns for his third season as bench coach while former major league pitcher Seth Etherton is back for his second year as pitching coach. Mike Devereaux, a 12-year MLB veteran, joins Bolivar’s staff as hitting coach after spending last season in that role with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Double-A affiliate of the Reds at that time.

 

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