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Peoria Chiefs cool down Dragons with 5-2 win Thursday night behind Gonzalez’ hitting


May 10, 2018

Yariel Gonzalez

Dayton, Ohio—Peoria’s Yariel Gonzalez delivered a three-run double in the fifth inning as the Chiefs defeated the Dayton Dragons 5-2 on Thursday night.  The Dayton loss snapped their three-game winning streak and was just their second defeat in their last 11 games.  A crowd of 8,016 was in attendance at Fifth Third Field.

The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Hendrik Clementina connected on his seventh home run of the season.  With the blast, Clementina moved into a tie for the league lead in homers, pending other MWL games on Thursday.


Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton tossed shutout baseball over the first four innings before the Chiefs loaded the bases in the fifth.  With two outs, Gonzalez lined a double to the gap in right-center field to score all three runners and give the Chiefs a 3-1 lead.


The Dragons cut the deficit to one run in the fifth.  They loaded the bases with two outs when Jose Garcia scored on a wild pitch.  On the same play, Leandro Santana tried to score from second base but was tagged out at the plate to end the inning.


Peoria added a run in the eighth on a solo home run by Elehuris Montero off Dragons reliever Sarkis Ohanian.  They scored an unearned run in the ninth to close out the scoring.

Naughton (3-2) worked seven innings for the second straight outing.  He allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts and was charged with the loss.

The Dragons had some late chances to score but could not capitalize.

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Peoria (R-H-E):  5-10-2

Dayton (R-H-E):  2-4-2

Win: Zach Prendergast (4-1)

Loss: Packy Naughton (3-2)

Save: Fabian Blanco (2)

HRDayton:  Hendrik Clementina (7th, 0 on base in second inning).

HRPeoria:  Elehuris Montero (4th, 0 on base in eighth inning).


Notes:  The Dragons had scored at least seven runs in seven of their previous nine games entering Thursday’s contest, but they were held to two runs to mark their lowest run total in a game since April 28…Beltre’s walk in his final plate appearance in the ninth inning extended his consecutive game on-base streak to 25, the third longest currently active streak in the league.


In the Standings:  The loss dropped the Dragons record 18-13.  They began the day in third place, one game behind first place Bowling Green and one-half game behind second place Lansing in the Midwest League East Division.  Thursday games involving Bowling Green and Lansing had not gone final at post time.

Game Broadcast:  All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.


For Dragons 2018 ticket information, call (937) 228-2287.