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Dayton Dragons started second half of Midwest League season with impressive 7-2 win over Lansing

Dragons 7, Lansing 2

 

June 20, 2019

 

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Lansing (R-H-E): 2-6-1

Dayton (R-H-E): 7-11-1

 

Win: Alexis Diaz (6-3)

Loss: Sean Wymer (3-6)

Save: None

HRDayton: None

HRLansing: None

 

Dayton, Ohio—Three Dayton pitchers combined to allow only six hits as the Dragons defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 7-2 on Thursday night in the opener to the Second Half season.

 

The Dragons collected 11 hits in the victory, their first win in a second half opener since 2015.  Jay Schuyler, Pabel Manzanero, Juan Martinez, and Bren Spillane each had two hits.

 

Dragons relievers Alexis Diaz and Matt Pidich combined for four and one-third innings of one-hit, scoreless baseball to protect an early Dragons lead.

 

The Dragons got off to a quick start with one run in the second inning.  The scoring rally began when Manzanero ripped a double off the center field fence.  Spillane’s single off the glove of the shortstop moved Manzanero to third with one out, and Brian Rey followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in the run.

 

Lansing tied the game with a run in the top of the fourth, but the Dragons responded with two runs in the bottom of the same inning. With two outs and the bases empty, Martinez singled and scored on a double to right by Spillane.  Rey singled to left to drive in Spillane and make it 3-1.

 

Both teams scored a run in the fifth before the Dragons took command of the game in the sixth.  The inning started with three consecutive singles by Schuyler, Manzanero, and Martinez to bring in the first run of the frame.  Manzanero eventually scored on a wild pitch, and a passed ball brought in Martinez to make it 7-2.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Lyon Richardson was effective over four and two-thirds innings.  He allowed five hits and two runs with two walks and seven strikeouts, throwing 86 pitches.  Diaz (6-3) replaced Richardson with a runner at third and two outs in the fifth and worked out of trouble.  Diaz left the game after tossing two and one-third scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks without a strikeout.

 

Pidich entered the game to start the eighth inning and tossed two scoreless innings without surrendering a hit.  He walked one and struck out two.

 

Notes: The Dragons improved their record in the month of June to 12-4…Rey extended his hitting streak to nine straight games, while Randy Ventura saw his 11-game hitting streak end with an 0 for 3 night.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

Dragons ended Midwest League first half of season at 28-42 after loss to Great Lakes Loons

Great Lakes 6, Dragons 3

 

June 16, 2019

 

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

Great Lakes (R-H-E): 6-8-0

 

Win: Mark Washington (1-0)

Loss: Jhon De Jesus (1-6)

Save: Joel Inoa (2)

HRDayton: None

HRGreat Lakes: None

 

Midland, Mich.—The Great Lakes Loons battled back from a two-run deficit to score six runs over the middle three innings and defeat the Dayton Dragons 6-3 on Sunday afternoon.  The game was the final contest of the First Half in the Midwest League split-season. The Dragons will open the Second Half on Thursday in Dayton.

 

The Dragons finished the first half with a record of 28-42.  In the five previous seasons over the team’s history in which the Dragons won 28 or fewer games in the first half, they improved on that record in the second half four times.  In 2008, they reached the playoffs as a second half wildcard club by going 38-32 after finishing 28-40 in the first half.  In 2013, they improved to 37-33 in the second half, losing out on a playoff spot on the final day of the season, after going 28-40 in the first half.

 

On Sunday, the Dragons took an early lead with two runs in the third inning.  With one out, Randy Ventura singled to left field to extend his hitting streak to 11 straight games.  Michael Siani followed with a hit to left to move Ventura to third, and a balk brought in Ventura and moved Siani to second.  Siani stole third and scored on Miles Gordon’s sacrifice fly to right to make it 2-0.

 

But Great Lakes scored the next six runs, plating three in the fourth to take the lead and then adding two in the fifth and one in the sixth.  The Loons took advantage of two Dayton errors that led to three unearned runs.

 

The Dragons closed out the scoring in the ninth inning with a two out rally when Bren Spillane singled, took second on defensive indifference, and scored on a double to the fence in right-center field by Brian Rey.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Jhon De Jesus (1-6) allowed five runs (only two earned) in five innings to suffer the loss.  He gave up seven hits including six over his final two innings.  He walked one and struck out four.  Carlos Machorro followed De Jesus and worked the sixth and seventh innings, allowing one run.  Machorro walked three and struck out three while allowing one hit.  Moises Nova worked one inning, allowing no runs with a walk and a strikeout.

 

The Dragons finished the day with seven hits.  Ventura was 2 for 3 with a stolen base and a run scored.  Rey extended his hitting streak to eight straight games with his RBI double in the ninth inning.  Siani, who opened the day as the Midwest League leader in the month of June in runs, hits, and stolen bases, scored one run and collected one hit and one stolen base.  The steal was his 11th in June and 21st of the year.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

West Michigan Whitecaps ended Dragons longest win streak of season at 10 games

West Michigan 10, Dragons 3

 

June 13, 2019

 

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West Michigan (R-H-E): 10-11-0

Dayton (R-H-E): 3-7-1

 

Win: Wilkel Hernandez (5-5)

Loss: Alexis Diaz (5-3)

Save: None

HRDayton: Brian Rey (6th, 0 on base in 8th inning).

HRWest Michigan: Avery Tuck (3rd, 0 on base in 7th inning).

 

Dayton, Ohio—The West Michigan Whitecaps broke open a one-run game with seven runs in the eighth inning on the way to a 10-3 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Thursday night.  The Dayton loss snapped their 10-game winning streak, which tied for the second longest in franchise history.

 

The game was tied 2-2 through six innings before West Michigan’s Avery Tuck led off the seventh with a solo home run to give the Whitecaps the lead.  West Michigan sent 12 batters to the plate in the eighth, collecting five hits and a pair of bases-loaded walks in the inning to break the game open.

 

West Michigan scored two runs in the top of the first inning before the Dragons responded with two runs of their own to tie the game. The Dayton rally started with a base hit by Michael Siani, and Brian Rey’s hit moved Siani to third.  A sacrifice fly by Jay Schuyler brought in Siani, and Pabel Manzanero singled to right to move Rey to third.  After Juan Martinez was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Morgan Lofstrom grounded to first and Rey was forced at the plate for the second out.  But Miguel Hernandez followed with an infield single to bring in Manzanero and even the score at 2-2.

 

Neither team scored again until the Whitecaps broke the tie in the seventh.  The Dragons had only one hit after the first inning until Brian Rey blasted a solo home run in the eighth, his sixth homer of the year.

 

Dragons starting pitcher James Marinan worked six innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts.  He threw a season-high 86 pitches.  Alexis Diaz followed Marinan and suffered through a rough outing.  Diaz (5-3) allowed seven runs in one and one-third innings to suffer the loss.  He gave up five hits and one walk with one strikeout.  Moises Nova replaced Diaz with the Dragons trailing 6-2, the bases loaded, and one out in the eighth.  Nova allowed all three inherited runners to score, plus one more run as the Whitecaps produced a seven-run inning.  Nova’s final line including one and two-thirds innings as he allowed two hits and one run with two walks and a strikeout.

 

The Dragons finished with seven hits.  Rey had two hits including a home run.  Randy Ventura had one hit to extend his hitting streak to nine straight games, the longest of the year for a Dayton player.  Michael Siani had one hit to extend his hitting streak to eight straight games.

 

The Dragons closed out their seven-game homestand with a 6-1 record.  They finished their first half home schedule with a record of 17-18.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

Dragons had a 1st half season winning streak high of 10 games

Dragons 5, West Michigan 2

 

June 12, 2019

 

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West Michigan (R-H-E): 2-3-1

Dayton (R-H-E): 5-7-3

 

Win: Carlos Machorro (1-0)

Loss: Yaya Chentouf (1-3)

Save: Connor Bennett (8)

HRDayton: Brian Rey (5th, 0 on base in 4th inning).

HRWest Michigan: None

 

Dayton, Ohio—Dayton’s Juan Martinez lined a tie-breaking three-run triple into the right field corner in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Dragons defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps 5-2 on Wednesday night.  The win was the Dragons 10th in a row, giving them their longest winning streak in 12 years and tying their second longest in franchise history.  The start of the game was delayed by rain for two hours, 16 minutes.

 

The score was tied 2-2 when Michael Siani started the Dragons game-winning rally with an infield single with one out in the bottom of the eighth.  Miles Gordon reached on an error as Siani moved to third, and with two outs, Jay Schuyler walked to load the bases. Martinez then connected on a low line drive along the first base line that reached the right field corner.  Siani, Gordon, and Schuyler all scored on the play as Martinez stopped at third with a triple to make it 5-2.

 

Dragons closer Connor Bennett pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his eighth save and close out the Dragons win.

 

The Dragons got the scoring started in the bottom of the fourth inning on a solo home run to left field by Brian Rey, his fifth of the year, to make it 1-0.  Later in the same inning, Schuyler walked and scored all the way from first base on a hit-and-run single by Bren Spillane that made it 2-0.

 

But West Michigan came back to tie the game in the sixth inning, taking advantage of two Dayton errors in the inning to score twice without a base hit.  The Whitecaps had a runner at second base with one out in the eighth before Dragons reliever Carlos Machorro worked out of jam to keep the game tied.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Lyon Richardson worked the first six innings, allowing two unearned runs on only two hits.  He walked one and matched a career high with seven strikeouts.  He left the game with the score tied 2-2.  Machorro (1-0) was credited with the win, working two scoreless innings.

 

The Dragons finished the night with seven hits.  Rey had two hits including a home run.  Randy Ventura had one hit to extend his hitting streak to eight straight games.  Siani’s hit in the eighth extended his hitting streak to seven games.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

New York Yankees game notes for Saturday, June 29 at Boston Red Sox in London

NEW YORK YANKEES (52-28) at BOSTON RED SOX (44-38) in LONDON RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 3.21) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (5-7, 4.52) Saturday, June 29, 2019 • London Stadium • 1:10 p.m. ET Game #81 • Road Game #36 • TV: FOX • Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM (English), WADO 1280AM (Spanish)

AT A GLANCE: The Yankees will play the fi rst ever Major League game in Europe today against Boston, part of the two-game 2019 London Series at London Stadium…is part of an eight-game road trip (also 2G at the Mets, 4G at Tampa Bay)…went 9-1 on their recent 10-game homestand (3-0 vs. Tampa Bay, 3-1 vs. Houston, 2-0 vs. Toronto).

Are a Major League-best 11-1 since 6/15…matches their best 12-game stretch this season (also 11-1 from 5/12-25)…matches their best stretch since going 17-1 from 4/21-5/9/18…are 29-12 since 5/12, the best mark in the AL…are Major League-bests 34-14 since 5/5 and 44-18 since 4/19.  At 52-28, own the best record in the American League, the second-best record in the Majors behind Los Angeles-NL (56-28).  Is tied with the 1980 Yankees for their third-best 80-game start in the last 58 seasons (since 1962): 60-20 in 1998, 53-27 in 2018.  Are a season-high 24G over .500.  Lead the AL East by a seasonhigh-tying 7.0G over Tampa Bay (46-36)…prior to this week, had not led the division by at least 7.0G since the close of play on 7/28/15 (also 7.0G)…have had at least a share of fi rst place for 39-of-41 days since 5/19…since 6/15, are 11-1 while Tampa Bay is 4-9.  Are 12-2-2 in their last 16 series (since 4/16).

BEST RECORDS, MAJORS TEAM W-L PCT. Los Angeles-NL 56-28 .667 YANKEES 52-28 .650 Minnesota 52-29 .642 Houston 51-32 .614

BRONX BOMBERS: With two HRs on Wed. vs. Toronto, Yankees batters extended their Major League-record home run streak to 29 games…surpassed the Texas Rangers’ 27-game streak (8/11-9/9/02) on Tues. vs. Toronto.  A total of 14 Yankees have hit 53HR during this streak, the second-most home runs in a home run streak of any length (Texas, 55HR in 27G from 8/11-9/9/02).  Have hit multiple HRs in three straight, nine of their last 10G and 15-of-29G during the streak: 4HR (3x), 3HR (2x), 2HR (11x), 1HR (13x)…are an MLB-best 33-3 (.917) when hitting at least 2HR in 2019.  Are fi fth in the Majors with 134HR…is their highest total through 80G in team history.  On their 10-game homestand, hit a combined .299/.366/.551 (100- for-334) with 68R, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 23HR and 34BB, posting a .916 OPS and averaging 6.80 runs per game.

HRs DURING YANKEES’ MLB-RECORD 29-GAME HR STREAK DJ LeMahieu-8 Gary Sánchez-8 Gleyber Torres-7 Brett Gardner-4 Aaron Hicks-4 Cameron Maybin-4 Gio Urshela-4 Luke Voit-4 Edwin Encarnación-3 Clint Frazier-2 Didi Gregorius-2 Aaron Judge-1 Austin Romine-1 Giancarlo Stanton-1

BLANK SPACE: The Yankees have not been shut out in 162 consecutive games, their last shutout coming on 6/30/18 vs. Boston (11-0 loss)…is the sixth-longest stretch without being shut out in the Modern Era (since 1900)…is the longest streak since Cincinnati’s 208-game streak from 4/3/00-5/23/01.  Is the second-longest streak in club history, behind their Major League-record 308-game streak from 8/3/1931- 8/2/1933.  Since the streak started on 7/1/18, there have been 280 shutouts in the Majors, including nine thrown by Yankees pitchers…each of the 29 other Major League teams has been shut out at least three times since 7/1/18.  Have scored double-digit runs 20 times during the streak (12.3%).

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITHOUT BEING SHUT OUT, MLB, SINCE 1900 G TM DATES 308 NYY 8/3/31-8/2/33 212 MIL 8/11/78-9/29/79 208 CIN 4/3/00-5/23/01 174 PHI 9/20/92-9/29/93 168 WSH 5/21/30-6/4/31 162 NYY 7/1/18-present 160 TEX 4/1/01-10/5/01

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED: The Yankees have the Majors’ third-best road record at 21-14…have played a Major Leaguelow 35 road games, two fewer than any other club…are tied with Chicago-NL for the most home games (45).  Finish the pre-All-Star portion of their schedule with 18-of-30 games away from Yankee Stadium from 6/4- 7/7…are 14-8 so far (4-6 on the road, 10-2 at home).

TONIGHT’S STARTING PITCHER: RHP MASAHIRO TANAKA (5-5, 3.21 ERA)

RHP Masahiro Tanaka will make his 17th start of the season tonight against Boston in London…the 30-year-old will pitch on extended six days’ rest due to scheduled team off days on Thurs. and Fri.…is 69-39 (.639) in 148 career starts, the sixth-best winning percentage among active pitchers (min. 75 decisions)…his 4.88 career K/BB ratio (883K, 181BB) is the third-highest (min. 600.0IP) in the Modern Era (since 1900)…is 17K away from 900 career strikeouts…has 168 career wins between MLB (69) and NPB (99)…his 69 MLB wins are third-most among all Japan-born pitchers (Hideo Nomo-123, Hiroki Kuroda-79)…is the second pitcher in Yankees history to reach double-digit wins in each of his fi rst fi ve Major League seasons, joining Andy Pettitte, who did it in each of his fi rst nine campaigns (1995-2003)…the 2014 AL All-Star was acquired by the club via the posting system from the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan and signed to a seven-year contract on 1/22/14…his contract runs through the 2020 season.

VS. BOSTON: Is 8-4 with a 4.35 ERA (107.2IP, 52ER) in 18 career starts vs. Boston…is 4-2 with a 3.88 ERA (67.1IP, 29ER) in his last 11 starts since 4/29/16 and has allowed 3ER-or-fewer in seven of those starts…will be his 19th career start vs. the Red Sox, his most vs. any team (next: 18 vs. Toronto)…two of his seven career complete games have come pitching against the Red Sox.  His eight career wins vs. Boston are tied with CC Sabathia and J.A. Happ for the most in the Majors since his debut in 2014…his 18GS vs. Boston since 2014 are tied for the most in the Majors (Chris Archer and J.A. Happ-18GS).  Went 1-0 with a 7.58 ERA (19.0IP, 16ER) in four starts vs. the Red Sox in 2018…failed to complete 6.0IP in all four starts.  Is 4-2 with a 3.90 ERA (55.1IP, 24ER) in nine career starts vs. the Red Sox away from Yankee Stadium.

YANKEES vs. BOSTON in LONDON OVERALL TRENDS: The Yankees are 4-1 through the fi rst fi ve of 19G vs. the Red Sox in 2019 (9G in the Bronx, 8G at Boston and 2G in London in Red Sox “home games”)…are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and 27-19 in 46G since 9/27/16…are 46-27 (.630) against reigning AL champions since 2010, when they were the defending AL (and World Series) champions themselves… went 5-2 vs. Houston in 2018, 2-5 vs. Cleveland in 2017, 5-2 vs. Kansas City in 2016, 4-2 vs. Kansas City in 2015, 12-7 vs. Boston in 2014, 3-3 vs. Detroit in 2013, 4-3 vs. Texas in 2012 and 7-2 vs. Texas in 2011…AT YANKEE STADIUM: Are 4-1 at Yankee Stadium this year…went 6-3 against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in 2018…have won six consecutive home series vs. the Red Sox, going 13-5 since 8/31/17…matched their highest home win total vs. Boston since going 7-2 in 2009…are 20-8 in the Bronx since 7/17/16…are 54-45 vs. the Red Sox at the current Yankee Stadium, their most losses to any team at the Stadium…AT LONDON STADIUM: The teams will play the fi rst games on the European continent in Major League history at London Stadium, home of the 2012 Summer Olympics and the current home of West Ham United F.C. of the English Premier League.

The site of this weekend's series between the Red Sox and Yankees, Panoramic view inside London Stadium 2019 photo By Hammersfan - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

GAME NOTES WRITTEN BY YANKEES MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

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