Dragons bend the bullpen, win 6-1
Dayton, OH - For the first three games of the series, it was impenetrable. On Sunday afternoon, the Dayton Dragons (44-56, 14-16) opened the floodgates on the South Bend Silver Hawks (57-43, 16-14) bullpen. Homer Bailey's (W, 3-4) dazzling effort on the mound was backed up by a Dragon three-run rally against the Silver Hawks bullpen in a 6-1 Dragons victory, in front of a sellout crowd of 7,891 at Fifth Third Field.
Bailey picked up his first win since June 24th, breaking a string of five consecutive winless starts. He also snapped a nasty funk of going nearly 2.5 months without a victory at Fifth Third Field, picking up his first win on home turf since a win over the Kane County Cougars on May 3rd. Bailey went five innings, allowing only a run on three hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.
The Dragons got behind the 19-year old righty with a run in the second, expanding their lead to 2-0 on a Drew Anderson RBI triple which missed by a foot from clearing the right field wall. South Bend came back with a run in the fifth on Brandon Simon's run-scoring fly ball to left, but the Dragons retaliated in the fifth when Phil Gentry drilled his fifth home run of the year, a two-out solo blast down the right field line off starter Steven Jackson (L, 6-4).
Bailey and reliever Omar Segovia (ND), making his first appearance of 2005 with the Dragons, held South Bend at bay until the Dragons crashed South Bend's bullpen with three runs in the eighth. After a walk and hit-by-pitch, Tonys Gutierrez capitalized on Esmerling Vazquez's balk to cash in B.J. Szymanski on an RBI sacrifice flyout, expanding the Dragon lead to 4-1.
John Purdom followed with an RBI single to left, then Trevor Lawhorn followed suit when his grounder to third was thrown away by third baseman Agustin Murillo at second, allowing the sixth Dragon run to cross the plate.
Brad Cherry (ND) worked a perfect ninth inning, along with two strikeouts to slam the door on the Silver Hawks.
John Purdom led the Dragons offense with a 3-for-4 effort on the afternoon, collecting two RBI's and a run scored. Dayton and South Bend end the Fifth Third Field 2005 series with a 4-4 split, as both teams will face each other for one more series at Coveleski Stadium, on August 19-22.
The Dragons hit the road for an eight-game roadswing, beginning on Monday with a four-game series against the hosting Peoria Chiefs at 8pm. Lefty Juan Frias will get the start for the Dragons, taking on a Chiefs starter yet to be announced. The game can be heard on radio at ESPN Radio 1410-AM and on the Internet at www.daytondragons.com, with the pre-game show beginning at 7:30 pm.
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