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Archive for July 24th, 2019

Nick Lodolo, Reds 2019 First Round Pick to join Dragons and start Thursday game against Great Lakes Loons

 

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons announced this week that Nick Lodolo (luh-DOLE-oh), the Cincinnati Reds 2019 first round draft pick, will be added to the Dayton roster.  Lodolo will make his first start with the Dragons on Thursday night at Fifth Third Field against the Great Lakes Loons at 7:00 p.m.

 

Lodolo, the first pitcher taken in the 2019 draft and the seventh overall selection, will become the 18th Reds first round pick to play for the Dragons.  He joins 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.

Nick Lodolo (courtesy GoFrogs.com)

 

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.  Lodolo was selected 1st Team All-Big 12 Conference in 2019 after being a 2nd Team choice in 2017 as a freshman and again in 2018.

 

Lodolo’s best games in 2019 with TCU included:

 

May 16 vs. Texas Tech (College World Series participant, #4 team in the nation in final ranking):  8 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits, 0 walks, 13 strikeouts.

 

March 15 vs. Eastern Michigan:  7 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 4 walks, 13 strikeouts.

 

March 1 vs. Houston:  7 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, 1 walk, 13 strikeouts.

 

June 1 (NCAA Super Regional) vs. Arkansas (College World Series participant, #7 team in the nation in final ranking):  5 innings, 1 unearned run, 4 hits, 6 strikeouts.

 

Reds #1 draft picks to play for the Dayton Dragons:

 

Austin Kearns

Ty Howington

David Espinosa

Chris Gruler

Homer Bailey

Jay Bruce

Drew Stubbs

Devin Mesoraco

Robert Stephenson

Nick Travieso

Phillip Ervin

Nick Howard

Alex Blandino

Tyler Stephenson

Nick Senzel

Hunter Greene

Jonathan India

Nick Lodolo

 

Single-game tickets for all Dragons 2019 home games are available at www.daytondragons.com or by phone at (937) 228-2287.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

Dayton Dragons home for 3-game series with Great Lakes Loons

 

Dragons 5th 3rd LF crowd

DAYTON DRAGONS

HOMESTAND PREVIEW

 

July 24 – July 26, 2019

Fifth Third Field

Dayton, Ohio

**Game and Radio Broadcast Schedule**

 

  • Wednesday, July 24 – Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 25 – Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 26 – Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) at Dayton Dragons (Reds), 7:09 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 www.daytondragons.com. Broadcasts are also available on the Dragons app for Apple and Android devices.

 

Scheduled Dragons starting pitchers for these games:

Wednesday: Lyon Richardson (RHP)

Thursday: TBA

Friday: Andy Fisher (LHP)

 

**Dragons On TV**

  • The game on Friday against Great Lakes 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 on Friday, Sinclair Community College head baseball coach Steve Dintaman will join Tom Nichols in the booth for the TV broadcast.
  • For all television broadcasts in 2019, the national anthem will be aired live on Dayton’s CW just ahead of first pitch.

 

**For Your Entertainment**

  • Wednesday, July 24
    • The Mini Dugout Dancers are back at Fifth Third Field to entertain fans during inning breaks.
    • Xenia Hospitality Chorus will perform the national anthem.
  • Thursday, July 25
    • The Dragons are proud to recognize Miracle League of Greater Dayton as the fourth Community All-Star of 2019. The organization will be honored with a presentation during an inning break and a video showing their efforts.
    • The Dragons will honor the Chaminade-Julienne High School baseball team during an inning break to celebrate their back-to-back state championships.
    • The Dayton International Airport will be on the main plaza passing out free peanuts and other handouts along with information on the DAYperks parking program. Don’t miss the raffle, too!
    • Great Clips will have a tent on the main plaza with games and giveaways to fans on their way into the ballpark.
    • Miami Valley Music Men will sing the national anthem.
  • Friday, July 26
    • Dayton Power & Light (DP&L) will have an energy efficiency informational booth on the main plaza before the game. When fans exit the ballpark following the game, DP&L will be passing out LED bulbs.
    • The Mini Dugout Dancers return to close out the series and entertain fans during inning breaks.
    • Local youth baseball teams have the chance to walk in a pregame parade around the warning track.
    • St. Christopher Youth Choir will perform the national anthem and Monroe Fire Department will serve as the Honor Guard, aired live on Dayton’s CW.

 

**Dragons On The Field**

  • Over the past road trip, the Dragons added two Reds 2019 signings to the active roster, both of which have made an immediate impact. Infielder Cameron Warren, a 22nd round draft pick from Texas Tech, joined Dayton on July 18th. In his first three games with the team, Warren went 4-10 at the plate with two doubles and a home run while holding a .500 on-base percentage. Andy Fisher, an undrafted free agent from Illinois, was assigned to Dayton on July 17th. He had an outstanding first start for the Dragons on July 20th, pitching five innings without allowing a hit and the only baserunner he allowed came on a hit batter. Fisher struck out eight in the game and the Dragons shutout the Kane County Cougars 1-0, surrendering just one hit as a team.
  • 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 both 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.

 

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

Dragons roster moves continue

July 20, 2019

 

The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster change:

 

Left-handed pitcher Connor Curlis has been transferred to Dayton from Daytona (Florida State League).

 

This addition puts the Dragons back at the 25-man roster limit.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY TOM Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton Dragons recent roster moves

July 18, 2019

 

The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes:

 

Right-handed pitchers Alexis Diaz and Ricky Salinas and first baseman Bren Spillane have been placed on the injured list.

 

First baseman Cameron Warren and left-handed pitcher Andy Fisher have been promoted to Dayton from Greeneville (Appalachian League).

 

The Dragons roster currently stands at 24 players, one below the Midwest League limit.

 

The two new Dragons players, Warren and Fisher, both competed in the 2019 college baseball season and both had huge years.  Both players also performed extremely well at Greeneville in their first professional baseball action.

 

Warren was the top hitter on the Texas Tech team that reached the College World Series and finished the year as the #4 team in the country.  He led Texas Tech in batting average (.355), home runs (18) and runs batted in (79) while playing in all 66 games for the Red Raiders.   He was selected as 1st Team All-American by Perfect Game and 2nd Team by D1Baseball.  After signing with the Reds following the College World Series, Warren played in 10 games with Greeneville, batting .333 with one home run and 11 RBI.  Warren is a native of Midwest City, Oklahoma and attended the same high school as former Dragons infielder Gavin LaValley (now with Double-A Chattanooga).

 

Fisher was a 2019 1st Team All-Big Ten starting pitcher with Illinois, going 7-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 101 innings.  He was also selected Academic All-Big Ten.  After signing with the Reds as a free agent following the 2019 draft, Fisher went to Greeneville and posted an ERA of 0.87, allowing just two earned runs in 20.2 innings while striking out 26, walking only three, and allowing an opposing batting average of .173.  Fisher is a native of Bowling Green, Ohio.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Arena Football League entering Week 14, 2019 Playoffs

PLAYOFF MATCHUPS & SCHEDULE

 

Following the final weekend of the 2019 season, the 2019 playoff matchups and schedules are set. The playoffs will take place over two weekends: July 27-28, and August 3-4. Further information about AFL playoff matchups and structure can be found here.

 

The #1 seed Albany Empire (10-2) will host the #4 seed Baltimore Brigade (7-5) during the first weekend of the home-and-home series, on July 27 at Times Union Center in Albany, NY. The #2 seed Washington Valor (7-5) will host the Philadelphia Soul in the first weekend of the home-and-home series, on July 28 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

Seeds: Albany Empire (#1), Washington Valor (#2), Philadelphia Soul (#3), Baltimore Brigade (#4)

ArenaBowl 32 will be played on Sunday, August 11 at 8pm (ET), and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.

 

ARENABOWL 32 LOGO REVEALED

 

The AFL revealed the logo for ArenaBowl 32, which reflects the modernization that was a key element in the League’s newly designed logo. With this idea in mind, the League and Commissioner Boe decided to make the change from roman numerals to numerical digits, beginning with ArenaBowl 32.

 

The logo includes six stars, to represent the six teams, that make up the Arena Football League. The ArenaBowl 32 logo incorporates elements of the AFL’s main logo, and also includes elements from the League’s redesigned official game football, tying together the excitement of a new era of Arena Football.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE MEDIA RELATIONS

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