Dayton Dragons Homestand PreviewApril 30, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) Dayton Dragons
Wednesday, May 2 - Dayton Dragons vs. Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians), 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 3 - Dayton Dragons vs. Lake County Captains, 7:00 PM
Friday, May 4 - Dayton Dragons vs. Lake County Captains, 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 5 - Dayton Dragons vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego Padres), 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 6 - Dayton Dayton Dragons vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps, 2:00 PM
Monday, May 7 - Dayton Dragons vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, May 8 - Dayton Dragons vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps, 7:00 PM
All games broadcast on WONE 980 AM and streamed via the Dragons website at www.daytondragons.com.
Dragons On TV
The games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will each be televised on WHIO Digital Channel 7.2. It is available on Time Warner Basic Cable Channel 23 and Digital Channel 372.
Former Cincinnati Reds first baseman and Dragons manager Todd Benzinger will join Tom Nichols on the telecast on Thursday, May 3rd
Former Dragons pitcher Matt Klinker will be on the telecast on Friday, May 4th
Former Reds pitcher Doug Bair joins the broadcast on Saturday, May 5th
For Your Entertainment
Wednesday, May 2
National Anthem performed by Pam Grote (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Dragons MVP Night (Montgomery County)
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Home Run for Life - Caleb Tracy
Thursday, May 3
o National Anthem performed by National Trail High School Choir (New Paris, Ohio)
o Dragons MVP Night (Montgomery County)
o Retirement Village People
o National Trail High School Choir on the Plaza before the game
Friday, May 4
National Anthem performed by April Grove (Piqua, Ohio)
Mini Dugout Dancers
Fairborn High School Jazz Band on the Plaza before the game
Saturday, May 5
National Anthem performed by The Valley Horns (Bellbrook, Ohio)
Retirement Village People
Sunday, May 6
National Anthem performed by William Cunningham (Middletown, Ohio)
Friends and Family game: Fans can purchase a ticket package which includes a lawn ticket to the Dragons game, a free Dragons hat and a voucher for a free Extra Value Meal (r) at any Miami Valley McDonald's location. This package valued at $30 is available for just $11 per ticket.
MVRPC Bike to the Game: Free "Valet Bike Parking" will be available on the Plaza for those who bike to the game. The first 50 pre-registered cyclists will get a FREE gift pack. Register at daytondragons.com
Monday, May 7
National Anthem performed by Ankeney Middle School Select Choir (Beavercreek, Ohio)
The United States Air Force Museum on the Plaza and inside Fifth Third Field: Before the game on the Plaza, the museum will have a Wright B Flyer on display, in addition to aviation activities and those revolving around the STEM educational program. Inside Fifth Third Field, the Air Force Research Lab will have flight simulators for fans. At the end of the third inning, the museum will make an announcement regarding expansion.
Tuesday, May 8
National Anthem performed by Gem City Chorus (Dayton, Ohio)
Dragons On The Field
Dragons first baseman Sean Buckley returned from the disabled list at the start of the road trip. He was placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 14th with an ankle injury. The Tampa, Fla. native drew three walks in his first two games back from the injury, then hit his second home run of the season in the first game of the series with Beloit on Saturday. Buckley was a sixth round draft pick of the Reds in the 2011 MLB Draft, and is currently ranked by Baseball America as the 24th-best prospect in the Reds organization.
Though some of the names have changed, the Dragons pitching staff is building on last year's solid performance. Dragons starting pitchers have a combined earned run average of 2.85, and the bullpen ERA over the last 12 games is 2.35. Before play began on Monday, the Dragons pitching staff is second in the Midwest League for fewest runs allowed, and third in the league in team ERA.
Former major leaguer Delino DeShields is in his second season as manager for Dayton in 2012. He enters his fourth season in the Reds organization, having served as the manager of the Billings Mustangs in 2010 and as the hitting coach in Billings in 2009. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning joins the staff as the pitching coach, and Alex Pelaez begins his second year as the team's hitting coach.
Midwest League Stories from April 30, 2012
- Kernels split doubleheader with West Michigan - Cedar Rapids Kernels
- Bees and Captains Game Cancelled - Burlington Bees
- Bees and Captains Are Cancelled - Lake County Captains
- River Bandits Come out Swinging in Series-Opening Win - Quad Cities River Bandits
- Dayton Dragons Homestand Preview - Dayton Dragons
- Big seventh gets Rattlers past Bowling Green - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
- Lugnuts/LumberKings Finale Canceled - Lansing Lugnuts
- Loons Swim to Win over Cougars - Great Lakes Loons
- Big First Inning Lifts TinCaps to 8-4 Win - Fort Wayne TinCaps
- Gomez Strong But Hot Rods Fall in Series Finale - Bowling Green Hot Rods
- Bandits Power Past Hawks for Series-Opening Win - South Bend Silver Hawks
- Loons Take Series from Cougars - Kane County Cougars
- Dragons Lose in Beloit 7-0 - Dayton Dragons
- Dragons, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Team up for "Home Run for Life" - Dayton Dragons
- Snappers Shutout the Dragons, 7-0 - Beloit Snappers
- Two Bees Players Win Top Performers of the Week - Burlington Bees
- Chiefs Fall 8-4 Monday - Peoria Chiefs
- Cam Bedrosian joins Kernels from Tempe; Jacob Negrete to Extended - Cedar Rapids Kernels
- Loons, MBF Team up for Summer Baseball Camps - Great Lakes Loons
- TinCaps Announce Roster Moves - Fort Wayne TinCaps
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