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Dragons take 2 of 3 from Kane County Cougars to win series

GAME RECAPS WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

McGuff Wins Dragons Debut as Dayton Tops Kane County 1-0

July 14, 2018

Dayton, Ohio—New Dragons starting pitcher Patrick McGuff combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout as the Dragons edged the Kane County Cougars 1-0 on Saturday night.  A crowd of 7,844 saw the Dragons earn their second straight win at Fifth Third Field.

 

McGuff, a product of Sinclair Community College and Hamilton High School who was in his debut in the Reds organization after being signed out of independent professional baseball, tossed five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk with four strikeouts to earn the win.  He faced his toughest challenge in the top of the first inning when Kane County loaded the bases with one out.  But McGuff struck out Ryan Grotjohn and got Yan Sanchez to ground out to shortstop to end the threat.  McGuff retired the last nine batters he faced in his outing.

 

The Dragons scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the first inning.  With one out, Andy Sugilio reached on an infield single and went from first to third on a hit-and-run single by Lorenzo Cedrola.  After Jeter Downs struck out, Leandro Santana hit a slow ground ball to shortstop that glanced off the glove of Kane County’s Jazz Chisholm for an error, allowing Sugilio to score from third.

 

Kane County mounted a major two-out threat in the ninth inning against Dragons reliever Aneurys Zabala.  After a fine defensive play by Downs at second base for the second out of the inning, Zabala issued a walk and then surrendered a single to right field that left runners at first and third.  The next hitter, Eudy Ramos, hit a deep drive toward the right field corner that might have brought in two runs, but Dragons right fielder Raul Wallace made leaping catch in a full sprint to end the game.  Zabala was credited with his second save.

 

The Dragons finished with five hits.  Sugilio was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

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Kane County (R-H-E): 0-6-2

Dayton (R-H-E): 1-5-0

 

Win:  Patrick McGuff (1-0)

Loss:  Jeff Bain (7-4)

Save:  Aneurys Zabala (2)

 

HRDayton: None

HRKane County: None

 

Notes:  The game marked the second nine-inning shutout win of the year for the Dragons.  The first came on Monday at Great Lakes…Dragons reliever Miguel Aguilar had a strong outing in relief of McGuff, firing three scoreless innings and allowing only one base runner.  He threw only 26 pitches while facing the minimum nine batters.

 

 

Big Inning Lifts Dragons to Third Straight Win

July 15, 2018

Dayton, Ohio—Dayton’s Lorenzo Cedrola collected four hits and the Dragons scored five runs in the third inning as they held on to defeat the Kane County Cougars 5-3 on Sunday afternoon.  A crowd of 7,624 at Fifth Third Field saw the Dragons win their third straight game and even their record in the second half at 12-12.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton (5-8) earned the win with six strong innings.  Naughton stretched his scoreless streak to 24 straight innings without allowing a run before Kane County scored two runs in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.  The Dragons responded by putting together their biggest inning of the month of July in the bottom half of the frame.

 

With one out in the Dayton third, Andy Sugilio singled to center field and went to second on Cedrola’s single to right.  Jeter Downs drilled a ground-rule double that bounced over the fence in left-center to bring in Sugilio, and Leandro Santana blooped a single to right to drive in Cedrola and tie the game at 2-2.  J.D. Williams walked to load the bases, and Mark Kolozsvary singled to left to drive in Downs and give the Dragons the lead.  Mitch Piatnik walked to force in a run and make it 4-2, and Alejo Lopez drove in a run with a fielder’s choice ground out to extend the lead to 5-2.  Seven straight Dragons batters reached safely in the inning.

 

Meanwhile, Naughton threw 86 pitches over six innings, allowing six hits and two runs with two walks and three strikeouts.  Aaron Quillen tossed a scoreless seventh inning, and Andy Cox worked a scoreless eighth.  Cory Thompson retired the first two batters of the ninth before allowing two hits and a run to bring the tying run to the plate, but Thompson got a routine fly out to center field to end the game and notch his fifth save.

 

The Dragons collected 12 hits.  Along with Cedrola’s four-hit day, Sugilio and Kolozsvary each had two hits.  The Dragons were a solid 5 for 15 (.333) with runners in scoring position, though they stranded 13 runners to match the season high.

 

With the win, the Dragons moved into a tie for the top seed in the East Division Second Half playoff chase.  Four teams have identical records of 12-12.

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Kane County (R-H-E): 3-9-0

Dayton (R-H-E): 5-12-1

 

Win:  Packy Naughton (5-8)

Loss:  Jhoan Duran (5-4)

Save:  Cory Thompson (5)

 

HRDayton: None

HRKane County: None

 

Dragons Fall in Homestand Finale with Kane County

July 16, 2018

Dayton, Ohio—Kane County shortstop Jazz Chisholm blasted two home runs and added a triple and two singles to lead the Cougars to a 13-4 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Monday night.  The Kane County win snapped the Dragons three-game winning streak and allowed the Cougars to avoid a series sweep at Fifth Third Field before a crowd of 7,652.

 

Chishom was 5 for 6 and had a chance to hit for the cycle in his final at-bat in the ninth inning.  Needing a double, he lined a hit off the glove of diving center fielder Andy Sugilio, but Chishom held at first base without attempting to go to second.

 

Kane County scored four runs in the top of the first inning and another in the second to take an early 5-0 lead.  Dayton’s Raul Wallace belted a solo home run in the third to make it 5-1, but Kane County responded with three more runs in the fourth, keyed by a two-run home run by Chisholm, his second of the game and 15th of the year, to make it 8-1.

 

After the Dragons scored one run in the fifth on a double by Wallace and an RBI single by Andy Sugilio, Kane County tacked on four more runs in the sixth to build their lead to 12-2.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Adrian Rodriguez (4-5) suffered the loss.  He worked three and one-third innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

 

The Dragons 11-hit attack was led by Wallace, who had a home run and double with two runs scored.  Sugilio had his fifth straight two-hit game.  Jose Garcia had two hits and a walk.

 

The Dragons fell to 12-13 in the second half.  They are one game out of the wildcard slot in the Midwest League East Division Second Half playoff chase.

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Kane County (R-H-E): 13-19-1

Dayton (R-H-E): 4-11-1

 

Win:  Brian Shaffer (6-5)

Loss:  Adrian Rodriguez (4-5)

Save:  None

 

HRDayton: Raul Wallace (2nd, 0 on base in third inning).

HRKane County: Jazz Chisholm, 2 (14th, 0 on base in 2nd inning; 15th, 1 on base in fourth inning); Eudy Ramos (6th, 1 on base in sixth inning).