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Dragons win 4-hour marathon game at Bowling Green, 4-1 (August 14)

Bowling Green, Ky.—The Dayton Dragons scored three runs in the top of the 12th inning and held on to defeat the Bowling Green Hot Rods 4-1 on Wednesday night in the longest Dragons game in more than two years.  Five Dayton pitchers combined to allow just four hits and no earned runs as Bowling Green went 0 for 17 with runners in scoring position.


The game lasted four hours, 11 minutes, making it the longest Dragons game in terms of both innings and clock time since Minor League Baseball adopted the current format of a “free runner” at second base to start each inning once the game goes beyond nine innings.  The format was utilized beginning with the 2018 season.  The last Dragons game to go longer was July 20, 2017, when the Dragons played a 13-inning game against Peoria that lasted four hours, 27 minutes.


After the Dragons broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the top of the 12th, reliever Matt Pidich tossed a scoreless bottom of the inning to close out the Dragons win.


The Dragons started the top of the 12th with free runner Juan Martinez at second base.  Matt Lloyd led off the inning with a base hit to left, moving Martinez to third.  Dragons pitcher Eddy Demurias, who had entered the game as a pinch runner in the 10th, came to bat with runners at first and third and no outs with no position players left on the bench to pinch hit.  In the first at-bat for a Dayton pitcher since Nick Travieso went to the plate in 2014, Demurias hit a slow roller to third, and Martinez was thrown out at the plate trying to score.  The result of the play left Lloyd at second and Demurias at first with one out.  Randy Ventura then hit a chopper to the right side of the infield that was fielded by Bowling Green first baseman Seaver Whalen, who initially looked to second base, then turned and threw to first.  Whalen’s throw struck Ventura and bounced away, allowing both Lloyd and Demurias to score as Ventura went to third.  Miles Gordon’s infield ground out brought in Ventura to make it 4-1.


Pidich retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 12th.  He was credited with the win to improve to 3-3.


The game was scoreless until the Dragons posted a run in the top of the 11th on a two-out single by Morgan Lofstrom to drive in Miguel Hernandez and give Dayton a 1-0 lead.  But Bowling Green tied the game in the bottom of the 11th on Ventura’s two-base throwing error at second base that brought in a runner from second with one out.  Pidich had to pitch out of a runner at second, out-out jam to get the game to the 12th inning.


Neither team scored in the 10th inning as Dragons reliever Clate Schmidt worked out of a tough situation to keep his team alive.  After the Dragons failed to score in the top of the 10th, Bowling Green started the bottom half of the inning with their free runner at second and no outs, but Schmidt worked out of trouble before giving way to Pidich to start the 11th.


Dragons starting pitcher Adrian Rodriguez worked four and one-third scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks with three strikeouts.  Reliever Jerry D’Andrea was outstanding after replacing Rodriguez with two men on base and one out in the fifth.  He retired all five batters he faced, including four on strikeouts.  Andrew McDonald worked two scoreless innings, pitching out of a bases loaded, two-out jam in the eighth.  Schmidt also tossed two scoreless innings, allowing no hits or walks.


The Dragons finished the night with seven hits including two each by Lloyd and Mariel Bautista.  Lofstrom’s RBI single extended his hitting streak to seven straight games.


Dayton (R-H-E): 4-7-2

Bowling Green (R-H-E): 1-4-3

Win:  Matt Pidich (3-3)

Loss:  Hector Figueroa (0-1)

Save: None

HRDayton: None

HRBowling Green: None

Dragons GameDay

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Game # 51 (121)

Bowling Green Ballpark l Bowling Green, Ky. l 7:35 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (21-29, 49-71) at Bowling Green Hot Rods (30-20, 69-51)

RH Adrian Rodriguez (5-2, 3.95) vs. RH Shane Baz (3-2, 3.34)

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Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Bowling Green Hot Rods (affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) in the first game of a three-game series.


Last Game:  Monday:  Lansing 4, Dayton 3.  The Lugnuts built a 4-1 lead over the first six innings and carried that lead into the ninth before holding off a Dayton comeback effort.  The Dragons scored two runs in the ninth on a two-out, two-run double by Morgan Lofstrom and had the tying and winning runs on base when the game ended.  Cameron Warren and Mariel Bautista each had two hits for Dayton.


The Playoff Chase:  With 20 games to play, the Dragons face a six-game deficit in the race for a playoff spot.  South Bend is the wildcard leader.

Individual Notes

  • Morgan Lofstrom has a six-game hitting streak, batting .421 with one home run.
  • Mariel Bautista is hitting .321 with one home run over his last 13 games.
  • Jay Schuyler is batting .304 with two home runs over his last 16 games.
  • Miles Gordon has a four-game hitting streak, going 4 for 12 (.333).
  • Matt Lloyd hit a three-run home run in his first swing of his first game with the Dragons on Friday, becoming the second Dragons player this season to hit a homer in his first game with the club (Jay Schuyler on Opening Night).  Lloyd started his pro career at Billings earlier this summer by hitting home runs in his second, third, and fourth games with the team.  He was a 1st Team All-Big Ten choice at Indiana in both 2018 and 2019 and also served as the Hoosiers closer on the mound.
  • Matt Pidich over his last 25 games:  1.45 ERA, 43.1 IP, 29 H, 14 R, 7 ER, 13 BB, 47 SO.

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

Thursday, August 15 (7:35 p.m.):  Dayton RH Lyon Richardson (2-8, 4.95) at Bowling Green RH Miller Hogan (4-3, 3.10)

Friday, August 16 (7:35 p.m.):  Dayton LH Connor Curlis (4-4, 2.47) at Bowling Green RH Alan Strong (8-4, 3.06)