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Donald Lutz named as “20 Greatest Dragons” Player


Donald Lutz running bases for Dragons

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons today announced the next name on their list of “20 Greatest Dragons.” The player recognition is part of the organization’s 20th Season Celebration.  Players selected on the list of 20 are being announced in random order.


Next on the list of the 20 Greatest Dragons is:


Donald Lutz


Lutz was the big hitter on the Dragons team that notched the most victories in a season of any club in franchise history—the 2011 Dragons.  That season, the Dragons went 83-57 including a second half record of 48-22 with a roster that also featured Billy Hamilton and Tucker Barnhart.  Lutz’s 2011 year with the Dragons made him one of only two Dayton players ever to complete a season with a batting average of at least .300 while hitting at least 20 home runs (Austin Kearns is the other).  He is also the only player in Dragons history to hit for the cycle in a game (single, double, triple, and home run in the same game).


Lutz played in 63 games for the Reds and became the first player raised in Germany to reach the Major Leagues.  He completed his playing career in 2017 before becoming a coach in the Reds organization.  In 2018, he served as the bench coach with the Arizona League Reds in Goodyear and will return there in 2019.


Lutz joins the following players who have been previously announced as the 20 Greatest Dragons:   Austin Kearns, Zack Cozart, Justin Turner, Homer Bailey, Samone Peters, Devin Mesoraco, Didi Gregorius, Tucker Barnhart, Todd Frazier, Wily Mo Peña, Jesse Winker, Edwin Encarnacion, Johnny Cueto, Luis Bolivar, Jose Siri, and Jay Bruce.


The 20 Greatest Dragons were selected based on a media vote of Dragons television, newspaper, radio, and internet reporters.  Additionally, during the 2019 season, the Dragons will be conducting a fan vote featuring one player per position to announce their all-time greatest lineup.


Additional information on the Dragons 20th Season celebration including videos on the 20 Greatest Dragons, special 20th Season merchandise, and Dragons alumni listings is available here:




MLS announces Disciplinary Committee Decisions

NEW YORK (Friday, July 26, 2019) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued an additional match suspension (two games total) and an additional undisclosed fine to Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis for aggressive behavior toward a match official during the sixth minute of Houston’s game against Atlanta United on July 17. Elis, who received a red card for the incident, served his first match suspension on July 20 against Toronto FC. Elis will serve his additional game suspension on July 27 against Seattle Sounders FC ( VIDEO). The MLS Disciplinary Committee also issued Elis an undisclosed fine for failing to leave the field in a timely manner following his red card in the sixth minute against Atlanta on July 17 (VIDEO).
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has found Houston Dynamo forward Romell Quioto guilty of reckless misconduct. Quioto has been issued an undisclosed fine for his actions in the 43rd minute of Houston’s match against the New England Revolution on June 29 (VIDEO).



RSL head coach Mike Petke facing suspension amid investigation

Mike Petke


NEW YORK (July 27, 2019) – Major League Soccer has suspended Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke pending an investigation into his conduct directed at the match officials following the Leagues Cup match against Tigres UANL on Wednesday night.

MLS will not provide further comment until a review of the incident is complete.






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.

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: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz




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).


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)

Click here for today’s complete Press Box Notes packet

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

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)






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