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Dayton Dragons GameDay Notes for Thursday (7:05 PM)

April 18, 2024 - Midwest League (MWL)
Dayton Dragons News Release

Thursday, April 18, 2024 l Game # 12

Day Air Ballpark l Dayton, Ohio l 7:05 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Fort Wayne TinCaps (4-6) at Dayton Dragons (6-5)

LH Miguel Cienfuegos (1-1, 0.00) vs. RH Kevin Abel (0-0, 2.25)

Today's Game : The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) host the Fort Wayne TinCaps (affiliates of the San Diego Padres) in the third game of a six-game series.

Last Game: Wednesday : Dayton 3, Fort Wayne 2. The Dragons built a 3-0 lead over the first two innings and then turned back a continuous TinCaps comeback effort to hold on for the win. Fort Wayne left runners in scoring position in every inning except the first and eighth, stranding a total of 13 in the game while going 3 for 18 with runners in scoring position. In the sixth, they had the tying run at third with no outs and could not score. Dragons reliever Brody Jessee was sensational, striking out eight in three scoreless innings. Hector Rodriguez had a two-run single to lead the Dayton offense.

In the Standings : The Dragons have moved into a tie for first place with the Great Lakes Loons. The two teams have identical records of 6-5.

Current Series (April 16-21 vs. Fort Wayne) : Dayton is 2-0 in the series.

Dayton team stats in the series: .189 batting average (10 for 53); 3.5 runs/game (7 R, 2 G); 1 home run; 3 stolen bases; 1.50 ERA (18 IP, 3 ER); 2 errors.

Team Notes The Dragons have won four consecutive home games since losing their opening night home game on April 5. During the current week (2 games played), Dayton pitchers lead the MWL in team ERA (1.50), most strikeouts (25), fewest runs allowed (3), fewest hits allowed (11), and lowest opponent's batting average (.177). In the current series, Dayton relief pitchers have not allowed a run covering 8.2 innings, allowing just four hits.

Player Notes Luis Mey last night fired a fastball at 103 mph to break the record at Day Air Ballpark of 102 by Hunter Greene in 2018. Through 11 games, the Dragons big three of Hector Rodriguez, Sal Stewart, and Cam Collier is batting a combined .325 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 117 at-bats. Cam Collier went 0 for 4 last night to snap his nine-game hitting streak. This was the longest hitting streak to start a season since Brian Rey hit in 13 straight in 2021. Collier ranks among the MWL leaders: 2 nd in RBI (12); Tied for 1st in home runs (3); 8 th in slugging percentage (.548). Sal Stewart over his last eight games is batting .400 (12 for 30) with one home run and six RBI, including five multi-hit games. Ethan O'Donnell has drawn nine walks in his last five games including three last night. He has 11 walks on the year, one off the league lead.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers (Game times are Dayton time) (All games on WONE 980 AM and )

Friday, April 19 (7:05 pm): Fort Wayne RH Henry Baez 0-0, 0.00) at Dayton RH Rhett Lowder (0-0, 1.00)

Saturday, April 20 (1:05 pm): Fort Wayne RH Dylan Lesko (0-0, 1.29) at Dayton RH Jared Lyons (0-1, 6.14)

Sunday, April 21 (1:05 pm): Fort Wayne RH Braden Nett (0-0, 27.00) at Dayton RH Javi Rivera (0-0, 7.11)

Dragons "On the Air"

You can follow the Dragons through various broadcast outlets in 2024. Every home and road game will be broadcast on radio on WONE 980-AM as Tom Nichols and Patrick Geshan call the action. Games are also available at, on a mobile device through either the Dragons mobile app or the iHeart Radio app, or on HD Radio on 104.7 HD 2 WTUI. Additionally, the Dragons will televise 15 home games on Dayton's CW (Channel 26, available on Spectrum Cable channels 13 and 1013; available on DirecTV and Dish Network channel 26). Tom Nichols will handle the play-by-play on all games and be joined by WDTN TV's Jack Pohl on most telecasts.

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