Dragons Gameday for April 17April 17, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) Dayton Dragons
Parkview Field * Fort Wayne, Ind. * 7:05 p.m.
Radio: WONE-AM 980
Dayton Dragons (5-6) at Fort Wayne TinCaps (3-8)
RH Radhames Quezada (0-0, 0.90) vs. RH Adys Portillo (1-0, 0.84)
Today's Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the Fort Wayne TinCaps (affiliate of the San Diego Padres) in the second game of a three-game series. Following this series, the Dragons return to Dayton to meet Quad Cities. Streaks: The Dragons have won three of their last four games. Fort Wayne has lost four straight.
Last Game: Dayton defeated Fort Wayne on Monday in the first game of the series, 9-3. Kyle Waldrop had a double, triple, and three RBI for Dayton. Ryan Wright and Steve Selsky also had two hits. On the mound, starter pitcher Justice French earned the win (2-1), going six innings and allowing four hits and two runs with three walks and two strikeouts. The Dragons finished with nine hits and the nine runs were a season high.
Today's Dragons Starting Pitcher: Radhames Quezada makes his third start of the season tonight. Quezada was brilliant in his last start on Thursday at South Bend but was not involved in the decision in a game that was scoreless until the 10th inning (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO). He has thrown nine straight scoreless innings since allowing one run in his first inning of the season. Quezada is a 21-year-old native of the Dominican Republic who is in his fifth year in the Reds organization. He signed with the Reds as a 17-year-old international free agent in 2007. Quezada played at Billings in 2011, going 2-3, 3.83 in 10 starts. His ERA would have ranked second in the league had he not finished a few innings short of the minimum number to qualify.
Manager/Coaches: Delino DeShields is in his second season with the Dragons and fourth year in the Reds organization. He served as the manager of the Billings Mustangs in the Pioneer League in 2010 and was the hitting coach in Billings in 2009. As a player, DeShields spent 13 years in the Major Leagues from 1990-2002 with the Expos, Dodgers, Orioles, Cardinals, and Cubs. He finished in the top three in the league in stolen bases six times and is 46th on the all-time career list with 463. DeShields hit .290 or higher five times. He was the 12th selection of the first round of the June draft in 1987 by Montreal. DeShields finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 1990...Pitching coach Tom Browning is in his first season with the Dragons and sixth year as a pitching coach in the Reds organization. Browning threw the only perfect game in Reds history on September 16, 1988. He won 20 games for the Reds in 1985 pitched in the 1991 All-Star Game. He was inducted into the Reds Hall-of-Fame in 2006...Hitting coach Alex Pelaez is in his second season with the Dragons and third year as a minor league coach with the Reds. He helped the Dragons to a club record team batting average in 2011 when the team led the league in runs scored. Pelaez played professionally for eight seasons from 1998-2005. He played in the big leagues in 2002 with San Diego.
* Kyle Waldrop has hit safely in five straight games, going 8 for 14 (.571), after starting the year by going 1 for his first 14.
* Yovan Gonzalez is 6 for 9 (.667) with a home run, double, and two walks over his last three games. He is hitting .412 on the year (7 for 17).
* Juan Silva started the year by going hitless in his first 13 at-bats, but has since gone 5 for 12 (.417) with a double and two triples.
* Ryan Wright is batting .400 (6 for 15) over his last four games.
* Dragons starting pitcher Tanner Robles has gone six innings in each of his two starts, allowing just one run in each game. Robles left both games with leads of at least two runs but did not get a decision.
* Dragons reliever Ryan Kemp has allowed only one run in seven innings. He has walked three and struck out seven.
* Dragons reliever Kyle McMyne has worked four and one-third scoreless innings, striking out six and walking one with three hits allowed.
* Dan Jensen, a right-handed relief pitcher, becomes the first Montgomery County native to play for the Dragons in their history. Jensen is from the Dayton suburb of Centerville. He has made four appearances out of the Dayton bullpen and allowed one unearned run in seven innings.
* The Dragons are 3-2 on their current seven-game road trip. In their three victories, they have collected 21 runs on 32 hits. In their two losses, they totaled one run on five hits. The Dragons are batting .224 on the trip and have a team ERA of 3.43.
* The Dragons have committed just five errors in five games on the current trip (one error in each game) leading to a total of one unearned run.
* Dragons starting pitchers have allowed one run or less in six of the team's 11 games this season.
* Dragons pitchers have limited opposing right-handed batters to a combined .193 average; left-handers are hitting .265 vs. the Dragons.
* Three members of the Dragons are rated among the Reds top 30 prospects according to Baseball America. They include outfielder Kyle Waldrop (#22), second baseman Ryan Wright (#23), and first baseman Sean Buckley (#24).
* Five current Dragons played in Dayton in 2011, including outfielders Theo Bowe and Jefry Sierra, both of whom started all three Dragons playoff games last year. The others are starting pitchers Tanner Robles and Stalin Gerson and infielder Brandon Dailey.
* The Dragons roster represents the following NCAA Division I conferences: Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Conference USA, PAC 12, Atlantic 10, Big West, and the Atlantic Sun.
Upcoming Probable Pitchers (All game times are Dayton time) (All games on WONE 980 AM and www.daytondragons.com)
Wednesday (11:05 a.m.): Dayton LH Tanner Robles (0-0, 1.50) at Fort Wayne RH Joe Ross (0-1, 9.95)
Thursday (7:05 p.m.): Dayton RH Stalin Gerson (1-1, 3.48) vs. Quad Cities TBA
Friday (7:05 p.m.): Dayton RH Carlos Gonzalez (0-2, 8.10) vs. Quad Cities TBA
Saturday (7:05 p.m.): Dayton RH Justice French vs. Quad Cities TBA
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