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Dragons at Bowling Green Hot Rods Saturday night action with 7:35 pm start












Dragons GameDay

Saturday, May 25, 2019 Game # 49

Bowling Green Ballpark l Bowling Green, Ky. l 7:35 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (15-33) at Bowling Green Hot Rods (28-20)

RH Jhon De Jesus (1-3, 4.96) vs. RH Easton McGee (3-0, 2.29)

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Bowling Green Hot Rods (affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) in the second game of a four-game series.


Streaks:  The Dragons have lost three straight games and 13 of their last 16 (includes suspended game).

Last Game:  Friday:  Bowling Green 8, Dayton 2.  Bowling Green built an 8-1 lead over the first five innings, scoring in the second, third, fourth, and fifth.  Both Dragons runs came on solo home runs as Michael Siani and Brian Rey each belted homers.  Siani was 3 for 4 to lead the Dragons seven-hit attack.  The Dayton bullpen combined for four scoreless innings, though the bullpen did allow three inherited runners to score in the fifth.


Team Notes

  • Dragons relievers have improved since May 1, posting an ERA of 3.39 (90.1 IP, 34 ER) and lowering their season ERA from 5.70 to 4.76.
  • Pabel Manzanero is 10 for 25 (.400) over his last seven games (including the suspended game:  8 G, 11 for 28, .393).
  • Jay Schuyler is 11 for 33 (.333) over his last nine games (with the suspended game:  10 G, 12 for 37, .324).
  • Juan Martinez is 13 for 42, .310 over his last 11 games (includes the suspended game).
  • Reliever Connor Bennett in May:  1.64 ERA, 2 saves (11 IP, 2 ER, 17 SO).
  • Reliever Eddy Demurias over his last five games:  1-0, 1.50 ERA (12 IP, 2 ER). 

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

Sunday, May 26 (7:35 p.m.):  Dayton RH James Marinan (2-5, 5.44) at Bowling Green RH Shane Baz (0-0, 2.40)

Monday, May 27 (1:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Lyon Richardson (0-4, 4.58) at Bowling Green LH Matthew Liberatore (1-0, 0.90)


Bowling Green blasts Dragons, 8-2



May 24, 2019


Click here for the box score


Dayton (R-H-E):  2-7-1

Bowling Green (R-H-E):  8-15-0


Win:  Alan Strong (4-1)

Loss:  Ricky Salinas (1-2)

Save:  None

HRDayton:  Michael Siani (3rd, 0 on base in 3rd inning); Brian Rey (2nd, 0 on base in 6th inning).

HRBowling Green:  None


Bowling Green, Ky.—The Bowling Green Hot Rods raced out to an 8-1 lead over the first five innings and held on to defeat the Dayton Dragons 8-2 on Friday night in the first game of a four-game series.


Both Dayton runs came on solo home runs.  Michael Siani hit his third of the season in the third inning, and Brian Rey belted his second of the year in the sixth.


Bowling Green took the lead with two runs in the second.  After Siani’s homer made it 2-1, the Hot Rods scored one more in the third, two in the fourth, and three in the fifth to extend their lead.  Rey’s homer in the sixth closed out the scoring.


Siani was 3 for 4 with the homer and two singles to lead the Dragons seven-hit attack.


Dragons starting pitcher Ricky Salinas (1-2) was charged with the loss.  He worked four innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on nine hits with three walks and two strikeouts.  Jerry D’Andrea entered the game in the fifth with the bases loaded and no one out.  He finished the inning, allowing all three inherited runners to score (all were charged to Salinas) while giving up three hits with one strikeout.  D’Andrea was not charged with a run.  Moises Nova replaced D’Andrea to start the sixth and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing three hits with no walks and one strikeout.


Notes: Dragons left fielder Brian Rey threw out two runners at home plate in the same inning.  In the bottom of the third, Rey nailed Ford Proctor trying to score from second on a base hit for the second out of the inning, then threw out Chris Betts also trying to score from second on a single to end the frame…The Dragons have placed outfielder Mariel Bautista on the injured list with a sore shoulder. Outfielder Randy Ventura will join the Dragons from Daytona on Saturday.  He spent time with the Dayton club in both 2017 and 2018.


Up Next:  The Dragons (15-33) meet the Hot Rods (28-20) again on Saturday at 7:35 p.m. (EDT) in the second game of the series. Jhon De Jesus (1-3, 4.96) will start for Dayton against Bowling Green’s Easton McGee (3-0, 2.29).  The next Dragons home game at Fifth Third Field is Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. against the Lansing Lugnuts.


On the Air:  All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE AM.  Games can be heard on smart phones, iPads, and other mobile devices via the free Dragons Mobile App, or on a computer at  Games are also available on HD Radio on 104.7 WTUI HD 2.   All Saturday and Sunday home games are televised on Dayton’s CW (channel 26; Spectrum cable channels 13 and 1013).


For Dragons 2019 ticket information, call (937) 228-2287.


Dragons roster transaction for May 25, 2019



May 25, 2019

The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:
Right-handed pitcher Jared Solomon has been promoted to Daytona.
Right-handed pitcher Carlos Machorro has been transferred to Dayton from Daytona.
The Dragons roster remains at the Midwest League limit of 25 players.

Dragons next homestand is May 28-June 3 vs. Lansing & South Bend

















May 28 – June 2, 2019

Fifth Third Field

Dayton, Ohio

**Game and Radio Broadcast Schedule**


  • Tuesday, May 28 – Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 29 – Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 30 – Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 31 – South Bend Cubs (Cubs) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:09 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 1 – South Bend Cubs (Cubs) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:09 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 2 – South Bend Cubs (Cubs) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 2:09 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 Broadcasts are also available on the Dragons app for Apple and Android devices.


Scheduled Dragons starting pitchers for these games:

Tuesday: Connor Curlis (LHP)

Wednesday: Ricky Salinas (RHP)

Thursday: Jhon De Jesus (RHP)

Friday: James Marinan (RHP)

Saturday: Lyon Richardson (RHP)

Sunday: Connor Curlis (LHP)


**Dragons On TV**

  • The games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday against South Bend 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 Friday’s game, WDTN Sports Anchor Hutch Konnerman will be on the call with Tom Nichols for the TV broadcast. For the Saturday and Sunday games, WDTN Sports Director Jack Pohl will join Nichols in the booth.


**For Your Entertainment**

  • Tuesday, May 28
    • The Roosters Road Show is back at Fifth Third Field! Before the game, stop by the Roosters truck for free wings samples.
    • Gem City Chorus will perform the national anthem and the 2nd Division Knights Templar of Ohio will serve as the Honor Guard.
  • Wednesday, May 29
  • The Dragons are proud to host the second Home Run for Life in 2019, presented by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Five-year-old Charlotte Caraway will be honored during the game against Lansing and will run the bases in front of a sold-out Fifth Third Field in recognition of her perseverance through a life-changing battle with cancer.
  • Ohio’s 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage will be presenting a $529 College Savings Award to five (5) lucky winners as part of the Dragons MVP Program.
  • Spotlight on Dayton – The Dayton Dance Conservatory tap group will perform during an inning break, a performance you won’t want to miss!
  • The national anthem will be performed by Something Good.
  • Thursday, May 30
    • Thursday marks another Wendy’s Friends and Family Night at the ballpark in 2019! The Wendy’s Friends and Family tickets come with a Wendy’s 4 for $4 meal voucher and a Dragons hat. After the game, all children have the chance to run the bases.
    • Team Zoom returns to Fifth Third Field to entertain fans between innings. Come out and watch these amazing dogs show off their skill, presented by Wendy’s Friends and Family!
  • Celebrate Dayton – At the end of the third inning, the valedictorians and salutatorians from Dayton Public Schools will be invited onto the field for a presentation recognizing their academic achievements.
  • St. Luke’s School Choir will perform the national anthem.
  • Friday, May 31
    • Before Friday’s game, local scout groups will march in a parade around the warning track at Fifth Third Field. Then, after the game, scout groups are invited for an overnighter at the ballpark where they can camp out on the field and enjoy a showing of Toy Story on the video board.
    • Make sure to stop by the Dragons Zone behind the batter’s eye in centerfield for a special German wheel workshop!
    • Local youth baseball organization will also have the chance to walk in a pre-game parade around the field.
    • The Retirement Village People return to Fifth Third Field to entertain fans between innings.
    • Ascension will perform the national anthem and Cub Scout Pack 169 will serve as the Honor Guard, which will be aired live on Dayton’s CW.
  • Saturday, June 1
    • 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.
    • The Dragons will host the 2019 MVP Program Field Day at Fifth Third Field from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MVP winners from around the Southwest Ohio area will have the chance to meet the Dragons players and enjoy all kinds of fun games on the field!
    • Kroger Baseball Buddies is back for the first time in 2019! Participants in the program will take the field with Dragons players during the National Anthem. Click here for how you can become a Baseball Buddy!
    • Duck Donuts will be on the main plaza before the game with free samples of some delicious treats.
    • The Greater Dayton Corvette Club will have models on display on the main plaza, be sure to check out these classic cars on your way into the park!
    • Gem City Gymnastics will be performing on the plaza before the game to provide acrobatic entertainment for fans.
    • Before the game, local youth baseball organizations will walk in a parade around the warning track.
    • During the game, the Mini Dugout Dancers will perform in between innings.
    • The national anthem will be performed by Caroline Grace Williams which will be aired live on Dayton’s CW.
  • Sunday, June 2
    • Saturday marks another Wendy’s Friends and Family Night at the ballpark! The Wendy’s Friends and Family tickets come with a Wendy’s 4 for $4 meal voucher and a Dragons hat. After the game, all children have the chance to run the bases.
    • Mutts Gone Nuts comes to Fifth Third Field for laugh-out-loud canine entertainment and an act that might leave you speechless, presented by Wendy’s Friends and Family!
  • Kroger Baseball Buddies are back for the second time in 2019. All participants in the program will take the field with Dragons players during the national anthem.
  • Jimmy Keys returns to Fifth Third Field to regale fans with organ music throughout the game.
  • Local youth baseball organizations return to Fifth Third Field for another pregame parade around the field.
  • The national anthem will be performed by St. Ignatius School, 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 1,338 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 added two Ohio natives to the roster in the last week. On Wednesday, they received right-handed relief pitcher Andrew McDonald from extended spring training in Goodyear, Arizona. McDonald was born in Dayton and resides in Mason. He played college baseball at Virginia Tech University before being selected in the ninth round of the 2018 draft by the Reds. McDonald was selected as the Ohio High School Division I Player of the Year in 2013 at Mason High School. Earlier in the week, left-handed starting pitcher Connor Curlis joined the team from extended spring training. Curlis pitched at Ohio State University and is a native of Findlay. He spent three seasons with the Buckeyes and was their best pitcher in 2018 before being drafted by the Reds. Curlis played at Findlay High School and was the 2015 Three Rivers Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year.
  • The Dragons have six 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) 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.


Washington Valor, 2018 Arena Bowl XXXI Champions




Arena Bowl Championship Trophy (courtesy AFL)

BALTIMORE, MD — The Washington Valor defeated the Baltimore Brigade, 69-55, to win ArenaBowl XXXI Saturday night at Royal Farms Arena, clinching the first championship in franchise history. Valor quarterback Arvell Nelson scored eight total touchdowns, including an ArenaBowl-record five rushing touchdowns, to earn the game’s Most Valuable Player award.

Valor wideout Doug McNeil III caught eight passes for 95 yards and three receiving touchdowns and added a kickoff return touchdown on his way to being named Offensive Player of the Game. Valor defensive back Svante Davenport was named Defensive Player of the game after tallying two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Washington opened the game with a six-minute, 47-yard drive that ended with a goal line rushing touchdown by Nelson – his first of five on the night. Baltimore answered quickly as quarterback Randy Hippeard found wideout Brandon Collins for an 18-yard touchdown on the Brigade’s second play from scrimmage. Washington turned the ball over on downs on the following possession after a touchdown was called back for an illegal forward pass. Washington wasted no time taking back possession as Davenport intercepted a Hippeard pass off the net in the end zone, setting Nelson up with his second rushing touchdown of the game, putting the Valor up 14-7. Hippeard found Collins for a second touchdown, this one 37 yards, to tie the game at 14. Nelson’s third rushing touchdown of the night put the Valor up a touchdown and wideout Chris Duvalt’s onside kick recovery and return on the subsequent kickoff put Washington up, 28-14 with just under a minute left in the first half. On the ensuing kickoff, Baltimore recovered the onside kick, setting themselves up for another two-play touchdown drive, cutting the Washington lead to 28-20. With just six seconds left in the first half, Nelson tied an ArenaBowl record with his fourth rushing touchdown of the game, putting the Valor up, 35-20.

After a Hippeard interception on Baltimore’s first drive of the second half, Washington extended their lead to 42-20 when Nelson found McNeil III for an 11-yard touchdown pass down the sideline – his first of four consecutive touchdowns for the Valor. On the ensuing kickoff, wideout Brandon Thompkins returned the ball to the Valor 10-yard line before fumbling into the end zone, only to be recovered by Brigaded defensive back Michael Knight for a Baltimore touchdown. The back-and-forth final three minutes of the third quarter featured a pair of touchdowns from Nelson to McNeil III and a 57-yard kickoff return touchdown by Thompkins. Washington led entering the fourth quarter, 56-34. On Baltimore’s first drive of the fourth quarter, Hippeard scrambled out of the pocket and found Thompkins in the corner of the end zone to bring the Brigade back within two possessions. McNeil III gathered Baltimore’s onside kick attempt and returned it for a seven-yard touchdown, putting Washington back up 22. Consecutive Baltimore touchdowns – a two-yard Rory Nixon rush and another Collins pass from Hippeard – cut the lead down to eight points with just under three minutes to go. Baltimore was unable to slow the Valor offense on the following drive as Nelson scored his ArenaBowl-record fifth rushing touchdown, putting Washington up 69-55 and clinching the ArenaBowl XXXI title.

MVP: WAS QB Arvell Nelson – 23/33 passing, 223 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, ArenaBowl-record 15 rushing attempts, 42 rushing yards and an ArenaBowl-record five rushing touchdowns

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: WAS WR Doug McNeil III – eight receptions, 95 receiving yards and four total touchdowns

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: WAS DB Svante Davenport – 2.5 total tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery

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