Dayton Downs the Loons, 5-4May 13, 2010 - Midwest League (MWL) Great Lakes Loons
After 2.2 hitless innings, Dragons left fielder Oliveras registered the first hit of the game with a home run off of the right field foul pole for the 1-0 lead.
The Loons answered in the bottom of the inning when Christian Lara hit a sacrifice-fly to score Gorman Erickson from third and a throwing error by Andrew Means allowed Rafael Ynoa to score on the play as well.
Dayton tied the game in the top of the fourth when Henry Rodriguez belted a second homer off of Loons starter Matt Magill, but again the Loons jumped back on top with another sac-fly, this time from left fielder Angelo Songco.
After Didi Gregorius' RBI-double tied the game 3-3 in the fifth inning, the Dragons were finally able to break away by scoring two runs in the seventh. Mark Fleury hit a lead-off double and was driven in on a double by Frank Pfister for the go-ahead run. In the same inning, Rodriguez hit a sac-fly to score another Dragon run.
The Loons mounted a comeback in the ninth inning, scoring a run on Ynoa's single to left field, which advanced runners to second and third. A walk from Dayton's closer Doug Salinas loaded the bases and brought Brian Ruggiano to the plate. The third baseman was 1-for-4 on the night, and with his fifth at-bat hit a pop-fly into the Dayton bullpen, which was caught over-the-shoulder by Gregorius to end the game.
"We battled back and we had a chance to win, we were just one hit away," Loons Manager Juan Bustabad said. "We've just got to come back and try and win the series, that's all we can do, baseball is baseball and tomorrow is another day."
The Loons starter Matt Magill fanned seven Dragons and walked one in six innings of work, where he allowed three runs on four hits. Lefty Jordan Roberts (2-2, 4.42) pitched two innings in relief, letting in two on three hits to receive the loss. J.B. Paxson entered in the ninth to pitch one hitless inning.
Earning the win for Dayton was starter Josh Ravin (2-2, 2.52), Ezequiel Infante got the hold, and Salinas notched his second save. The three held the Loons to three earned runs on nine hits.
Throwing for the Loons Friday in game two of the four-game series with Dayton will be RHP Allen Webster (4-2, 1.59); southpaw Justin Walker (1-3, 6.39) will get the nod for the Dragons. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Great Lakes Loons are a fourth-year Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and members of the Midwest League. For more information about the Loons, visit Loons.com or call 989-837-BALL.
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