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Dragons lose at Fort Wayne, 5-1 in series deciding game

Fort Wayne, Ind.—The Fort Wayne TinCaps scored three runs in the second inning and three Fort Wayne pitchers combined to allow only five hits as the TinCaps defeated the Dayton Dragons 5-1 on Monday night.  The start of the game was delayed by rain for one hour, 27 minutes.  Fort Wayne won two-of-three in the series.


Fort Wayne bunched four of their seven hits on the night in the second inning, taking a 3-0 lead.  The Dragons had a chance at a big inning in the top of the third when they loaded the bases with no outs on a walk to Nate Scantlin and back-to-back singles by Randy Ventura and Mariel Bautista.  Miles Gordon’s sacrifice fly brought in Scantlin to make it 3-1, but Brian Rey grounded into a double play to end the threat.  The Dragons had only two more base runners over the remaining six innings of the game.


Dragons starting pitcher Lyon Richardson (2-8) was charged with the loss.  He worked just two innings on a low pitch limit.  He allowed three runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts.  Richardson threw 43 pitches.


Adrian Rodriguez replaced Richardson to start the third inning.  Rodriguez surrendered two runs in three innings of work, allowing two hits and two walks with three strikeouts.  Rodriguez hit two batters in the fifth inning including one with the bases loaded to force in a run.  Eddy Demurias had a strong outing in relief of Rodriguez, working two scoreless innings with four strikeouts, allowing just one hit.  Matt Pidich pitched a perfect inning, striking out two.


Bautista had two hits to lead the Dragons offensively.  Dayton scored 13 runs in the first two innings of the series on Saturday, but scored only three more in the remaining 25 innings of the set.


Dragons GameDay

Monday, July 29, 2019 Game # 36 (106)

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

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (15-20, 43-62) at Fort Wayne TinCaps (12-23, 45-58)

RH Lyon Richardson (2-7, 4.45) vs. LH Joey Cantillo (7-3, 2.09)

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

Last Game:  Sunday:  Fort Wayne 7, Dayton 1.  The TinCaps scored three runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead on the way to drawing even in the series heading into Monday night’s finale.  The Dragons had just five hits including two by Jay Schuyler.


B-Rey Bombs:  Dragons outfielder Brian Rey broke the club record for most RBI in a game on Saturday at Fort Wayne, driving in eight runs.  He hit two home runs including a grand slam and also contributed a three-run double.  The previous record of seven RBI was held by four players including Joey Votto and Adam Dunn.  Rey had matched the record by the end of the second inning and broke it in the fourth with a solo homer.

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, 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.  Lodolo’s next scheduled start is Tuesday night in Dayton.

Team Notes

  • The Dragons have lost six of their last seven games on the heels of six wins in seven games. 
  • The Dragons have scored 28 runs over their last eight games.  Of the 28 runs, 14 came in one game on Saturday, and 13 came in the first two innings of that game.

Individual Notes

  • Since May 24Michael Siani has played in 52 games and is batting .303 with 22 stolen bases.  Since May 24, he ranks fifth in the MWL in batting average, tied for second 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

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)

Thursday, August 1 (7:00 p.m.):  Bowling Green TBA at Dayton RH Eduardo Salazar (5-2, 4.56)

Friday, August 2 (7:00 p.m.):  Bowling Green TBA at Dayton RH Jhon De Jesus (2-10, 5.31)