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Surprise! Crew SC shocks everyone with win at NY Red Bulls, 3-2

Generally in years past, Columbus Crew SC along with other MLS teams have found it hard to beat the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.

This year with Columbus fighting for its playoff lives in and up and down season, it was deemed a tie would be the only way to get points. However, Crew SC got all 3 points.

Pedro Santos

Brian White got the hosts on the board early, rising highest in a crowd to head home his eighth goal of the season. But the Crew struck back before the celebratory smoke had even cleared, as Queens native Luis Argudo ran on to a canny backwards header from Gyasi Zardes and blasted the equalizer past Luis Robles less than a minute later.

Columbus stunned the home crowd by seizing the lead in the opening minute of the second half, Santos firing into the roof of Robles’ net at the near post after another quick counterattack not unlike the one that set up their first goal.

RBNY hauled themselves level with the help of a Video Review decision that caught Argudo’s tug on Daniel Royer as he leaped to head a corner kick, and Royer stepped up to rifle the penalty kick past Eloy Room, just the second spot kick of the year in league play for the Red Bulls.

But Santos wreaked havoc yet again six minutes from full time, ghosting into the RBNY box to coolly finish the rebound after Robles saved an angled Zardes effort, snatching all three points for the suddenly revitalized Crew, who are now unbeaten in three after a five-game losing skid.

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2019 campaign is the Crew’s 24th season in MLS and the 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The Club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

 

PORTIONS OF GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Charles Boehm; COURTESY COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Ft. Wayne TinCaps hammer Dragons in 7-1 Sunday win

July 28, 2019

 

Fort Wayne, Ind.—The Fort Wayne TinCaps built a 6-0 lead over the first four innings and cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Sunday afternoon.  The Fort Wayne win evened the series at one win apiece heading into Monday night’s finale.  The Dragons won the series opener 14-7 on Saturday.

 

Fort Wayne starting pitcher Cullen Dana worked into the sixth inning, allowing just one run as his team built a comfortable lead.  The TinCaps scored three runs in the second inning, three more in the fourth, and one in the fifth to lead 7-0.  The Dragons scored their run in the sixth on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.

 

Dragons starter Jhon De Jesus (2-10) suffered the loss.  He worked the first three innings, allowing three runs on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts.  De Jesus threw 52 pitches.

 

Andrew McDonald, just called up from Billings on Saturday, replaced De Jesus to start the fourth.  McDonald provided a lengthy outing but allowed four runs in four innings, surrendering eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts.  Clate Schmidt tossed one scoreless inning for the Dragons, allowing one hit.

 

The Dragons finished the day with five hits.  Jay Schuyler went 2 for 4 with a double to lead the way.

 

Up Next:  The Dragons (15-20, 43-62) battle the TinCaps (12-23, 45-58) in the rubber match of the three-game series on Monday at 7:05 p.m.  Lyon Richardson (2-7, 4.45) will start for the Dragons against Fort Wayne’s Joey Cantillo (7-3, 2.09).

 

The next home game for the Dragons is Tuesday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.  Cincinnati Reds 2019 first round draft pick Nick Lodolo is expected to start the game for the Dragons.

Click here for the box score

 

Dayton (R-H-E):  1-5-0

Fort Wayne (R-H-E):  7-12-2

 

Win: Cullen Dana (1-0)

Loss: Jhon De Jesus (2-10)

Save: None

HRDayton: None

HRFort Wayne: Ethan Skender (1st, 1 on base in 2nd inning).

PRE-GAME NOTES

Dragons GameDay

Sunday, July 28, 2019 Game # 35 (105)

Parkview Field l Fort Wayne, Ind. l 3:05 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (15-19, 43-61) at Fort Wayne TinCaps (11-23, 44-58)

RH Jhon De Jesus (2-9, 5.18) vs. LH Cullen Dana (0-0, 9.00)

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Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Fort Wayne TinCaps (affiliate of the San Diego Padres) in the second game of a three-game series.

Last Game:  Saturday:  Dayton 14, Fort Wayne 7.  The Dragons scored 13 runs over the first two innings and went on to their biggest scoring night in more than two years as they won the first game of the series.  Brian Rey broke a Dayton club record by driving in eight runs as he produced one of the biggest offensive performances in Dragons history.  He blasted a grand slam home run in the first inning, added a three-run double in the second, and belted a solo homer in the fourth.  The eight RBI broke the record of seven shared by four players including Adam Dunn in 2000 and Joey Votto in 2004.  Miguel Hernandez added a three-run home run for the Dragons, who led 14-3 after six innings.

 

Lodolo’s First Start:  Nick Lodolo, the Cincinnati Reds 2019 first round draft pick, made his Midwest League debut for the Dragons as the starting pitcher Thursday night, becoming the 18th first round pick to play for the Dragons.  He worked three innings, allowing one run on three hits with no walks and five strikeouts.  Lodolo played at TCU and was a 2019 2nd Team All-American as a junior.  Assuming no rain-outs, Lodolo’s next start will be Tuesday night.

Team Notes

  • The Dragons snapped a five-game losing streak last night that came on the heels of six wins in seven games.  They scored 14 runs, one more run than they had scored over the previous six games combined.
  • The Dragons had their most productive first inning of the year on Saturday with six runs (all before the first out).  They added seven more in the second inning to match their biggest scoring inning of the year.

Individual Notes

  • Michael Siani is batting .352 in his last 19 games.  Siani’s .325 batting average in July ranks 9th in the MWL. 
  • Since May 24, Siani has played in 51 games and is batting .310 with 21 stolen bases.  Since May 24, he ranks third in the MWL in batting average, tied for first in the MWL in hits, and first in runs scored and stolen bases.
  • Matt Pidich over his last 20 games:  1.50 ERA, 36 IP, 25 H, 13 R, 6 ER, 11 BB, 36 SO.
  • Andy Fisher in his two games with Dayton:  8 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO, 0.00 ERA (MWL Pitcher of the Week for July 15-21).

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

Monday, July 29 (7:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Lyon Richardson (2-7, 4.45) at Fort Wayne LH Joey Cantillo (7-3, 2.09)

Tuesday, July 30 (7:00 p.m.):  Bowling Green TBA at Dayton LH Nick Lodolo (0-0, 3.00)

Wednesday, July 31 (7:00 p.m.):  Bowling Green TBA at Dayton LH Connor Curlis (3-3, 3.02)

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; PRE-GAME NOTES WRITTEN BY Josh Hess; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

 

Dragons outslug Ft. Wayne, 14-7 behind Brian Rey’s 8-RBI night

July 27, 2019

Brian Rey

Fort Wayne, Ind.—Brian Rey broke a Dayton club record by driving in eight runs as the Dragons defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps 14-7 on Saturday night.

 

Rey (RAY) produced one of the biggest offensive performances in Dragons history.  He blasted a grand slam home run in the first inning, added a three-run double in the second, and belted a solo homer in the fourth.  The eight RBI broke the record of seven shared by four players including Adam Dunn in 2000 and Joey Votto in 2004.  Juan Francisco drove in seven runs in a game in 2007 and David Vidal matched the record in 2011.

 

The Dragons, who were shutout in a 10-inning game on Friday night, scored six runs before an out was recorded in the top of the first inning and added seven more runs in the second to jump out to a 13-0 lead.  Miguel Hernandez had a three-run home run in the second, his fourth of the year.  Rey’s two home runs gave him eight for the season.

 

The Dragons led 14-3 after six innings.  Fort Wayne scored two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to close out the scoring.

 

The Dragons snapped a five-game losing streak with the win.  The 14 runs topped their total of 13 over their last six games combined.  Their 14-run total was their highest total in a game since they scored 14 at Great Lakes on May 25, 2017.

 

The Dragons finished the night with 11 hits.  Rey was 3 for 5.  Randy Ventura, Morgan Lofstrom, and Claudio Finol each had two hits.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Eduardo Salazar was credited with the win to improve to 5-2.  He worked five and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.  Relievers Moises Nova and Jerry D’Andrea combined to work the final three and one-third innings, each allowing two runs.

 

Click here for the box score

 

Dayton (R-H-E):  14-11-1

Fort Wayne (R-H-E):  7-8-1

 

Win: Eduardo Salazar (5-2)

Loss: Efrain Contreras (4-5)

Save: None

HRDayton: Brian Rey, 2 (7th, 3 on base in 1st inning; 0 on base in 4th inning); Miguel Hernandez (4th, 2 on base in 2nd inning).

HRFort Wayne: Justin Lopez (9th, 2 on base in 2nd inning); Michael Curry (7th, 1 on base in 8th inning).

 

Fort Wayne, Ind.—Brian Rey broke a Dayton club record by driving in eight runs as the Dragons defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps 14-7 on Saturday night.

PRE-GAME NOTES

Dragons GameDay

Saturday, July 27, 2019 Game # 34 (104)

Parkview Field l Fort Wayne, Ind. l 7:05 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (14-19, 42-61) at Fort Wayne TinCaps (11-22, 44-57)

RH Eduardo Salazar (4-2, 4.55) vs. RH Efraín Contreras (4-4, 3.51)

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Fort Wayne TinCaps (affiliate of the San Diego Padres) in the first game of a three-game series.  2019 Season Series between Dayton and Fort Wayne:   Dragons 6, TinCaps 5 (at FW:  TinCaps 4, Dragons 0).

Last Game:  Friday:  Great Lakes 1, Dayton 0 (10 innings).  For the second time in the three-game series, the two teams were scoreless after nine innings, and for the second time, the Loons scored in the top of the 10th before holding the Dragons scoreless in the bottom of the inning.  Great Lakes completed a sweep of the three-game set.  The Dragons went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and finished with six hits in the game including two by Cameron Warren.  Dragons starting Connor Curlis fired seven scoreless innings.

 

Team Notes

  • The Dragons have lost five straight games after winning six of the previous seven.

Last 5 G:  .174 team batting average; 2.4 runs per game; 4.20 team ERA.

Previous 7 G:  .273 team batting average; 5.6 runs per game; 2.76 team ERA. 

Individual Notes

  • Michael Siani is batting .373 in his last 18 games.  Siani’s .342 batting average in July ranks 5th in the MWL. 
  • Since May 24, Siani has played in 50 games and is batting .316 with 21 stolen bases.  Since May 24, he ranks second in the MWL in batting average, tied for first in the MWL in hits, and first in runs scored and stolen bases.
  • Matt Pidich over his last 20 games:  1.50 ERA, 36 IP, 25 H, 13 R, 6 ER, 11 BB, 36 SO.
  • Andy Fisher in his two games with Dayton:  8 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO, 0.00 ERA (MWL Pitcher of the Week for July 15-21).

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

Sunday, July 28 (3:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Jhon De Jesus (2-9, 5.18) at Fort Wayne LH Cullen Dana (0-0, 9.00)

Monday, July 29 (7:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Lyon Richardson (2-7, 4.45) at Fort Wayne LH Joey Cantillo (7-3, 2.09)

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; PRE-GAME NOTES WRITTEN BY Josh Hess; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

Dragons continue roster makeover

July 27, 2019

 

The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster addition today:

 

Right-handed pitcher Andrew McDonald has been promoted to Dayton from Billings (Pioneer League).

 

The Dayton roster is now at the Midwest League limit of 25 players.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Loons shut down Dragons offense in 1-0, 10-inning Friday win

July 26, 2019

 

Dayton, Ohio—The Great Lakes Loons broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 10th inning and held off the Dayton Dragons in the bottom of the frame to earn a 1-0 win and complete a sweep of the three-game series.

 

All three games in the series were tied in the ninth inning, and two of the three games went to extra innings before a run was scored. The Dragons were shutout over the final 15 innings of the series.

 

Dayton starting pitcher Connor Curlis was sensational, tossing seven scoreless innings to match the team’s season high for most innings pitched in a game.  Curlis allowed six hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

 

But the Dragons could not push across a run to support Curlis’ efforts.  They had a chance in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game, getting singles in the inning from Cameron Warren and Juan Martinez and a passed ball that left runners at second and third with two outs.  But Miguel Hernandez grounded out to shortstop to end the threat.

 

In the top of the 10th, Great Lakes started with their free runner at second base, and pushed him in to score with an infield ground out and a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.

 

The Dragons started the bottom of the 10th with their free runner at second, but Nate Scantlin grounded out to short with the runner holding at second, and Randy Ventura struck out.  Michael Siani walked, and a wild pitch advanced the tying run to third base.  But Mariel Bautista hit a soft looping liner that was caught by the Loons shortstop going out into shallow left field to end the game.

 

Dragons reliever Andy Fisher (0-1) was the hard-luck loser.  He tossed three innings, allowing only an unearned run on one hit with no walks and one strikeout.

 

The Dragons had six hits.  Cameron Warren was 2 for 4 to lead the way.

 

PRE-GAME NOTES

Friday, July 26, 2019 Game # 33 (103)

Fifth Third Field l Dayton, Ohio l 7:08 p.m.

TV: Dayton’s CW (26) l Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Great Lakes Loons (18-14, 61-38) at Dayton Dragons (14-18, 42-60)

RH Stephen Kolek (6-6, 4.98) vs. LH Connor Curlis (3-3, 3.63)

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

Last Game:  Thursday:  Great Lakes 6, Dayton 4.  The Loons scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to overcome a 4-3 deficit to win.  Dayton led 4-1 after four innings but saw their last 13 batters of the game retired in order.  The game featured the MWL debut of Dragons first round draft pick Nick Lodolo (see below) and an appearance on an injury rehab assignment of Reds catcher Kyle Farmer (0 for 2, walk, defensive caught stealing).  It was the first time in 2019 that the Dragons held a lead at home at the end of seven innings but lost the game.  Great Lakes out-hit the Dragons 14-4 and stranded 14 base runners.  The game was the eighth time this season that the Dragons lost a game they had led by at least three runs, but the first one since May 27.

 

Lodolo’s First Start:  Nick Lodolo, the Cincinnati Reds 2019 first round draft pick, made his Midwest League debut for the Dragons as the starting pitcher Thursday night, becoming the 18th first round pick to play for the Dragons.  He worked three innings, allowing one run on three hits with no walks and five strikeouts.  He joined the Dragons from Billings, where he tossed 11.1 innings, struck out 21 and walked no one, and posted a 2.38 earned run average.  Lodolo played at TCU and was a 2019 2nd Team All-American as a junior after posting a 2.36 earned run average in 103 innings.  He walked 25 batters and struck out 131, surrendering just 76 hits.

Team Notes

  • The Dragons have four three straight games after winning six of the previous seven.

Last 4 G:  .173 team batting average; 3.0 runs per game; 5.40 team ERA.

Previous 7 G:  .273 team batting average; 5.6 runs per game; 2.76 team ERA. 

Individual Notes

  • Michael Siani is batting .381 in his last 17 games.  Siani’s .347 batting average in July ranks 5th in the MWL. 
  • Since May 24, Siani has played in 49 games and is batting .317 with 21 stolen bases.  Since May 24, he ranks second in the MWL in batting average, tied for first in the MWL in hits, and first in runs scored and stolen bases.
  • Matt Pidich over his last 20 games:  1.50 ERA, 36 IP, 25 H, 13 R, 6 ER, 11 BB, 36 SO.

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

Saturday, July 27 (7:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Eduardo Salazar (4-2, 4.55) at Fort Wayne RH Efraín Contreras (4-4, 3.51)

Sunday, July 28 (3:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Jhon De Jesus (2-9, 5.18) at Fort Wayne LH Cullen Dana (0-0, 9.00)

Monday, July 29 (7:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Lyon Richardson (2-7, 4.45) at Fort Wayne LH Joey Cantillo (7-3, 2.09)

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; PRE-GAME NOTES BY Josh Hess; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

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