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Dayton Dragons announce roster move

August 19, 2019

 

The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:

 

Right-handed pitcher Jhon De Jesus has been placed on the suspended list.

 

Right-handed pitcher Tyler Gibson has been promoted to Dayton from Greeneville (Appalachian League).

 

COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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

 

 

 

Salazar, Demurias give Dragons shutout baseball in 6-0 win at Lansing (August 17)

Lansing, Mich.—Dayton pitchers Eduardo Salazar and Eddy Demurias combined on a five-hit shutout and Juan Martinez hit a two-run home run to lead the Dragons to a 6-0 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts on Saturday night.  The Dragons evened their record on their seven-game road trip at 2-2.

 

The Dragons earned their seventh shutout win of the season and their first since July 20 at Kane County.  The pitching performance came after Lansing had scored 19 runs in a game on Friday night against Fort Wayne.

 

Salazar (6-3) worked the first six innings to earn the win.  He allowed five hits and one walk with four strikeouts.  He permitted only one runner to reach third base and retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced.

 

Demurias notched his third save by retiring all nine batters he faced.  Lansing had only one base runner after the third inning.

 

The Dragons took a quick lead in the top of the first inning when Michael Siani led off the game with a single to right field and stole second.  With two outs, Morgan Lofstrom singled off the glove of the first baseman to bring Siani in from second to make it 1-0.

 

In the sixth, the Dragons sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs, all after the first two batters of the inning were retired. Mariel Bautista walked to start the rally and went from first to third on a hit-and-run single by Lofstrom.  A wild pitch brought in Bautista to make it 2-0, and Juan Martinez followed with a home run to give the Dragons a 4-0 lead.  The homer was Martinez’s eighth of the year.  Matt Lloyd restarted the rally with a walk and went to third on a base hit by Jay Schuyler.  Miguel Hernandez singled to bring in Lloyd and make it 5-0.

 

The Dragons closed out the scoring in the top of the ninth when Hernandez tripled to the right field corner with one out and eventually scored on a bases load hit batsman to force in the run.

 

The Dragons finished the night with eight hits.  Hernandez was 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Lofstrom had two hits, a run scored, and an RBI.  The Dragons were 3 for 8 with men in scoring position after going 3 for 24 in those situations in the previous series at Bowling Green.

 

Notes:  Dragons outfielders Michael Siani and Mariel Bautista each made a great defensive play in the game.  Click here to view Siani’s catch.  Click here for Bautista’s catch.

 

Dayton (R-H-E): 6-8-0

Lansing (R-H-E): 0-5-0

Win: Eduardo Salazar (6-3)

Loss: Cobi Johnson (2-7)

Save: Eddy Demurias (3)

HRDayton: Juan Martinez (8th, 1 on base in 6th inning).

HRLansing: None

Dragons GameDay

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Game # 54 (124)

Cooley Law School Stadium l Lansing, Mich. l 7:05 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (22-31, 50-73) at Lansing Lugnuts (28-25, 60-62)

RH Eduardo Salazar (5-3, 4.52) vs. RH Cobi Johnson (2-6, 4.39)

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 first game of a four-game series.

 

Last Game:  Friday:  Bowling Green 5, Dayton 1.  The Hot Rods won two-of-three in the series, taking the second and third games by the identical score.  Chris Betts hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning as Bowling Green turned a 1-0 advantage into a 5-0 lead with four runs in the inning.  The Dragons only run came on a run-scoring single by Miles Gordon.  The Dragons scored just two runs in the 27 innings of the series that did not begin with a free runner at second base.

 

Individual Notes

  • Morgan Lofstrom over his last eight games is batting .360 with one home run and seven runs batted in.
  • 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)

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

 

 

 

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)

Click here for today’s complete Press Box Notes packet.

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

 

 

 

Dayton Dragons make roster move

August 16, 2019

 

The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster addition today:

 

Catcher Ernesto Liberatore has been transferred to Dayton from Daytona and activated from the injured list.

 

The Dayton roster is now at the Midwest League limit of 25 players.

 

PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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