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Dragons lose Thursday pitchers duel in 10 innings to Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 1-0

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

 

Appleton, Wisc.—Wisconsin’s Payton Henry delivered a game-winning sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to break a scoreless tie and defeat the Dayton Dragons 1-0 on Thursday night.  The Timber Rattlers have won the first two games of the three-game series.

 

Dayton pitchers Patrick McGuff and Wendolyn Bautista combined to shutout Wisconsin over the first nine innings on only four hits. Wisconsin had just three runners as far as second base over the first nine innings and did not advance a man to third.

 

The game went to the top of the 10th inning with the Dragons starting the frame with their free runner at second base, Mark Kolozsvary.  Alejo Lopez bunted to the pitcher, who threw to third, but Wisconsin’s Gilbert Lara missed the tag and Kolozsvary was safe, leaving runners at first and third with no one out.  But Malik Collymore struck out, Jose Garcia popped to second, and Andy Sugilio struck out to end the threat.

 

In the bottom of the 10th, the Timber Rattlers sacrificed their free runner to third, and Henry hit a fly ball to right field to bring in the winning run.  Sugilio’s throw home beat the runner, but the throw was about five feet up the third base line and Kolozsvary could not make the sweeping tag as the winning run scored.

 

McGuff, the former star at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, made his second start with the Dragons.  He worked five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits with two walks and three strikeouts.  The Timber Rattlers advanced only one runner as far as second base against McGuff.  Bautista was also outstanding but was charged with the loss.  He allowed just two hits and one unearned run over four and two-thirds innings, striking out six and walking one.

 

The Dragons had only five hits, all belonging to Sugilio or Kolozsvary.  Sugilio was 3 for 5 with a double.  Kolozsvary was 2 for 4 with a double.  The Dragons were 0 for 9 with men in scoring position.

 

The Dragons fell to 12-15 in the second half.  They have lost three straight games after winning three straight.  They remained one game out of the wildcard slot in the Midwest League East Division Second Half playoff chase.

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Dayton (R-H-E): 0-5-0

Wisconsin (R-H-E): 1-4-0

Win:  Clayton Andrews (2-0)

Loss:  Wendolyn Bautista (3-5)

Save:  None

 

HRDayton:  None

HRWisconsin:  None

 

 

Up Next:  The Dragons (12-15, 43-52) close out the three-game series with the Timber Rattlers (12-14, 43-52) on Friday at 8:05 p.m. in Appleton.  Hunter Greene (3-7, 4.69) will start for Dayton in his first appearance since working in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.  The Timber Rattlers will counter with Nelson Hernandez (9-5, 4.55).

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

 

Timber Rattlers build up early lead, holds off Dragons, 6-4 Wednesday night

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

 

Appleton, Wisc.-The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers built a 5-1 lead over the first three innings and held off a late Dayton comeback bid to defeat the Dragons 6-4 on Wednesday night. The game was the start of a three-game series and the opener to a six-game road trip for the Dragons.

 

Wisconsin scored two runs in the first inning, two more in the second, and one in the third to build their lead. They led 6-1 when the Dragons started back in the top of the eighth. Hendrik Clementina led off the inning with a home run for Dayton to make it 6-2. Mitch Piatnik and Alejo Lopez followed with base hits, and Jose Garcia singled to left to drive in Piatnik and make it 6-3 and bring the tying run to the plate with no one out. Andy Sugilio grounded into a fielder’s choice to move Lopez to third, and Lorenzo Cedrola’s sacrifice fly brought Lopez in to pull the Dragons to within two runs. But Jeter Downs flied out center to end the inning.

 

In the ninth, Clementina singled with two outs to again bring the tying run to the plate, but Piatnik struck out to end the game.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Austin Orewiler (3-3) suffered the loss. He worked six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits with no walks or strikeouts. Ryan Nutof followed Orewiler to the mound and worked two innings, allowing one run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts.

 

The Dragons eight-hit attack was led by Clementina, who had two hits including his 12th home run of the season. Lopez also had two hits. Downs had a double and scored the first Dayton run in the second inning.

 

The Dragons fell to 12-14 in the second half. They remained one game out of the wildcard slot in the Midwest League East Division Second Half playoff chase.

 

Dayton (R-H-E): 4-8-0

Wisconsin (R-H-E): 6-10-0

 

Win:  J.T. Hintzen (1-0)

Loss: Austin Orewiler (3-3)

Save: Rodrigo Benoit (9)

 

HR: Dayton: Hendrik Clementina (12th, 0 on base in eighth inning).

HR: Wisconsin: Tristen Lutz (10th, 1 on base in first inning); KJ Harrison (9th, 0 on base in third inning).

 

NCAA awards future Women’s Basketball Tournament sites

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Rick Nixon; COURTESY NCAA & NCAA AD

 

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee has awarded regional-round hosting duties for the 2021 and 2022 championships to seven cities, with Spokane, Washington, hosting in both years.

Selected to host regionals in 2021 are Albany, New York (Times Union Center); the Austin, Texas, area (H-E-B Center in Cedar Park); Cincinnati (Cintas Center); and Spokane (Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena), with play taking place March 26-29. Albany, which also will serve as a regional host site in 2019, has hosted twice previously, in 2015 and 2018. Austin, which has hosted an NCAA championship-record 18 regional games at the Frank Erwin Center, will host in 2021 at the H-E-B Center. The Cintas Center in Cincinnati will be hosting regional play for the first time after hosting first- and second-round action in 2001, 2010 and 2011. An experienced host site, Spokane previously welcomed regional play in 2001, 2008, 2013, 2015 and 2018.

In 2022, Bridgeport, Connecticut (Webster Bank Arena); Greensboro, North Carolina (Greensboro Coliseum); Spokane; and Wichita, Kansas (Intrust Bank Arena) will serve as the four regional sites, March 25-28. Bridgeport, which previously hosted regional play in 2006, 2013, 2016 and 2017, is currently tied for third on the all-time regional games hosted list with 12 along with another 2022 regional host venue, the Greensboro Coliseum, which hosted regional games in 1999, 2007, 2008 and 2015. Intrust Bank Arena will be hosting regional championship action for the first time, previously hosting first- and second-round play in 2011.

 

 

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).

 

 

 

 

 

Dragons lefty Packy Naughton named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton Dragons left-handed pitcher Packy Naughton has been named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 9-15.

 

Naughton earned the win in both starts he made during the week, allowing just two runs in 14 innings.  He had his best career start on July 9 at Great Lakes when he tossed eight scoreless innings, allowing just two base runners (both on hits) with nine strikeouts.  Naughton also earned the win in Dayton vs. Kane County yesterday, allowing two runs in six innings in the Dragons 5-3 victory.  He had a 24-inning scoreless streak snapped in the third inning yesterday.

 

Naughton, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, played college baseball at Virginia Tech University and was the Reds ninth round draft pick in 2017.  He has spent the entire 2018 season with the Dragons and currently leads the Midwest League in innings pitched.

 

Over Naughton’s last four starts, he has posted a 0.67 earned run average (27 innings, two runs allowed).

Packy Naughton throws plateward

 

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