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Hot Rods take series in Kentucky from Dragons, 5-1 (August 16)

Bowling Green, Ky.—Chris Betts hit a three-run home run to lead the Bowling Green Hot Rods to a 5-1 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Friday night.  The game was the rubber match of a three-game set and the final meeting of the year between the Dragons and Hot Rods.

 

The game was scoreless until Bowling Green scored one run in the fourth inning, and they took command with four more in the sixth when Betts hit his 18th homer of the year.

 

The Dragons trailed 5-0 when they scored in the top of the seventh inning.  Miguel Hernandez doubled to left field with one out and scored on Miles Gordon’s single through the middle.  But all eight Dayton hitters after Gordon’s RBI single were retired as the Hot Rods held on for the series win.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Connor Curlis allowed just one run over his first five innings before giving up a pair of home runs in the sixth after two errors had been committed in the inning.  Curlis left the game after five and two-thirds, charged with five runs (two earned) on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.  He suffered the loss and fell to 4-5 on the year.

 

Andy Fisher replaced Curlis to get the final out in the sixth.  Fisher worked out of a jam in the seventh and pitched a perfect eighth inning.  Fisher went two and one-third scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks with five strikeouts.

 

The Dragons finished the night with six hits.  No player had more than one.  Doubles by Hernandez and Juan Martinez were the only two extra base hits.  The Dragons were 1 for 8 with men in scoring position and struggled early to take the lead.  They had a runner at third with no outs in the third, and men at first and third with one out in the fourth, but failed to score in both innings.

Notes: Dragons catcher Morgan Lofstrom was ejected from the game in the top of the second inning by plate umpire Kevin Mandzuk.  The Dragons had questioned several balls and strikes calls in the first inning and Lofstrom became furious after a pitch was called a strike as he was batting in the second, resulting in the ejection.

 

Dayton (R-H-E): 1-6-2

Bowling Green (R-H-E): 5-8-1

Win: Alan Strong (9-4)

Loss: Connor Curlis (4-5)

Save: None

HRDayton: None

HRBowling Green: Chris Betts (18th, 2 on base in 6th inning); Osmy Gregorio (6th, 0 on base in 6th inning).

Dragons GameDay

Friday, August 16, 2019 Game # 53 (123)

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

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (22-30, 50-72) at Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-21, 70-52)

LH Connor Curlis (4-4, 2.47) vs. RH Alan Strong (8-4, 3.06)

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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 last game of a three-game series.

 

Last Game:  Thursday:  Bowling Green 5, Dayton 1.  Hot Rods pitchers Miller Hogan and Michael Costanzo combined to scatter seven hits and Ford Proctor hit a two-run home run.  The Dragons only run came on a solo homer by Juan Martinez, which was the only extra base hit of the game for Dayton.  The Dragons had only two at-bats with men in scoring position, going 0 for 2.  They did not draw a walk.

 

The Playoff Chase:  With 18 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 seven-game hitting streak, batting .375 with one home run and seven runs batted in.
  • Mariel Bautista is hitting .306 with one home run over his last 15 games.
  • Eddy Demurias became the first pitcher in Dragons history to bat and score a run in the same game in Wednesday’s 12-inning Dragons win.  Demurias entered the game in the 10th inning as a pinch runner and batted in the 12th, reaching on a fielder’s choice and later scoring.  The last Dragons pitcher to bat was Nick Travieso in 2014.
  • Matt Lloyd hit a three-run home run in his first swing of his first game with the Dragons on August 9, 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 26 games:  1.39 ERA, 45.1 IP, 29 H, 15 R, 7 ER, 14 BB, 50 SO.

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

Saturday, August 17 (7:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Eduardo Salazar (5-3, 4.52) at Lansing RH Cobi Johnson (2-6, 4.39)
Sunday, August 18 (1:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Jhon De Jesus (2-13, 5.08) at Lansing RH Sean Wymer (7-11, 5.75)

Monday, August 19 (7:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Adrian Rodriguez (5-2, 3.67) at Lansing RH Fitz Stadler (4-6, 4.84)

Tuesday, August 20 (12:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Lyon Richardson (2-9, 4.54) at Lansing RH Troy Watson (6-4, 3.32)

 

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