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Lansing ices game with 6-run 7th inning in 9-6 win over Dragons Sunday afternoon

Lansing, Mich.—The Lansing Lugnuts erased a 4-1 deficit with six runs in the seventh inning and went on to defeat the Dayton Dragons 9-6 on Sunday afternoon.  The two clubs have split the first two games in the series.

 

The Lansing comeback spoiled an outstanding pitching performance by Dayton starter Clate Schmidt, who was inserted into the lineup as a late addition.  Schmidt, who had made 82 career relief appearances but only two starts (and none in 2019), worked the first five and two-thirds innings and allowed just one run on two hits.  He walked one, struck out three, and left the game with a three-run lead, retiring the last 10 batters he faced.

 

The Dragons built their lead with two runs in the top of the first inning and two more in the second to lead Lansing 4-1.  The Dragons held that lead all the way until the seventh inning.

 

The Dragons finished the game with 12 hits, their highest total in the month of August.  Michael Siani led the way with three hits including his sixth home run of the season, a two-run blast with two outs in the ninth inning.  Siani drove in three runs, scored two, and stole a base.

 

Siani opened the game with a double to right-center field on the first pitch after a 44 minute delay due to expected rain.  Mariel Bautista singled to drive in Siani, and after Bautista stole second, Matt Lloyd drove him in with a hit to center field to make it 2-0. Lansing scored one run in the bottom of the first, but the Dragons responded with two more in the second.  Cameron Warren singled to start the inning and eventually scored on Siani’s single.  Randy Ventura also had a hit in the inning and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-1.

 

Lansing sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh inning as they took a 7-4 lead.  The first five batters of the inning all reached base and scored.  Dragons reliever Jerry D’Andrea opened the inning and allowed a two-run home run to Rafael Lantigua to make it 4-3. After Lansing loaded the bases on a hit, error, and walk, D’Andrea was replaced by Andrew McDonald with no outs in the inning. McDonald allowed three hits before closing out the inning as Lansing scored six times in the frame.  The Lugnuts scored two more in the eighth against McDonald.

 

Siani’s two-run home run in the ninth for Dayton closed out the scoring.  Lloyd, Warren, and Ventura each finished with two hits for the Dragons.

 

The loss was charged to D’Andrea, who fell to 0-4.  He worked one-third of an inning and was charged with five runs (four earned). McDonald was charged with three runs in two innings.

 

Notes:  Jhon De Jesus, the Dragons scheduled starting pitcher on Sunday, was replaced in the starting lineup by Schmidt about two hours before the first pitch.  Dragons manager Luis Bolivar said the change was made based on “manager’s discretion.”

 

Dayton (R-H-E): 6-12-1

Lansing (R-H-E): 9-10-0

Win: Will McAffer (4-3)

Loss: Jerry D’Andrea (0-4)

Save: None

HRDayton: Michael Siani (6th, 1 on base in 9th inning).

HRLansing: Ryan Gold (7th, 0 on base in 1st inning); Rafael Lantigua (3rd, 1 on base in 7th inning); Jake Brodt (13th, 1 on base in 8th inning).

Dragons GameDay

Sunday, August 18, 2019 Game # 55 (125)

Cooley Law School Stadium l Lansing, Mich. l 1:05 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (23-31, 51-73) at Lansing Lugnuts (28-26, 60-63)

RH Jhon De Jesus (2-13, 5.08) vs. RH Sean Wymer (7-11, 5.75)

Click here for today’s complete Press Box Notes packet

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Lansing Lugnuts (affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) in the second game of a four-game series.

 

Last Game:  Saturday:  Dayton 6, Lansing 0.  Eduardo Salazar and Eddy Demurias combined on a five-hit shutout and Juan Martinez hit a two-run home run.  The biggest play of the game might have been a spectacular leaping catch in center field by Michael Siani that saved two runs in the third inning and allowed the Dragons to hold a 1-0 lead.  Miguel Hernandez had three hits including a triple for the Dragons.  Lansing had only one hit after the third inning.

 

Team Notes

  • The Dragons are 2-2 on the current seven-game road trip, posting a 1.70 ERA.  In two of the four games, Dragons pitchers have not allowed a run over the first nine innings.
  • The Dragons are 3-8 with men in scoring position in the current series at Lansing.  They went 3-24 in those situations in each of the last two series (vs. Lansing; at Bowling Green).
  • Morgan Lofstrom over his last nine games is batting .367 with one home run and eight runs batted in.
  • Miguel Hernandez is 5 for 12 (.417) with a double and triple on the current road trip (4 games).
  • Juan Martinez over his last three games is 4 for 12 (.333) with two home runs and a double, a .917 slugging percentage.
  • Matt Pidich over his last 26 games:  1.39 ERA, 45.1 IP, 29 H, 15 R, 7 ER, 14 BB, 50 SO.
  • Eddy Demurias over his last three games:  0.00 ERA, 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO.

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

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