Dragons Notes for Thursday
Thursday, August 23, 2018 l Game # 60 (128)
Fifth Third Ballpark l Comstock Park, Mich.l 7:05 p.m.
Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE
Dayton Dragons (24-35, 55-72) at West Michigan Whitecaps (28-30, 64-64)
RH Austin Orewiler (5-4, 3.40) vs. RH Wilkel Hernandez (2-5, 4.86)
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Today's Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the West Michigan Whitecaps (affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) in the last game of a three-game series.
Last Game: Wednesday: West Michigan 3, Dayton 2. The Whitecaps erased a 2-1 deficit with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings for a walk-off win. The winning run in the bottom of the ninth came on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Pearce after a Dayton error allowed a runner to reach third base with one out. Dayton starter Packy Naughton was outstanding, allowing just one run and only three hits over seven innings. Andy Sugilio had a double and triple for Dayton.
Playoff Chase: The Dragons must finish in the top two among eligible teams in the East Division in the Second Half (six teams competing; Bowling Green and Lansing ineligible). The Dragons are currently four and one-half games behind West Michigan in the race for the #2 seed in the Second Half. There are 11 games to play.
2018 Team Notes
The Dragons have allowed three runs or less in 26 of their 59 second half games. Their second half ERA is 4.06 (5.31 in the first half).
2018 Individual Notes
Alejo Lopez over his last 34 games since July 15: 43 for 121, .355, to raise his average from .247 to .313. Lopez's .355 average since July 15 ranks second in the Midwest League and fifth among players on the 30 teams at the Single-A classification (Midwest League and South Atlantic League).
Andy Sugilio over his last 15 games: 22 for 60, .367, 2 HR.
J.D. Williams over his last 14 games: 16 for 47, .340, to raise his average from .203 to .256.
Jose Garcia has hit safely in eight straight games, going 16 for 37, .432. Garcia was selected as Midwest League Batter of the Week for the week of August 13-19.
Raul Wallace has hit safely in five straight games, going 6 for 20, .300.
Ryan Nutof over his last seven relief appearances: 9.2 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 SO, 0.93 ERA.
Dauri Moreta over his last three appearances: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 SO, 0.00 ERA.
Aneurys Zabala over his last four appearances: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0.00 ERA.
Upcoming Probable Pitchers (Game times are Dayton time) (All games on WONE 980 AM and www.daytondragons.com)
Friday, August 24 (7:00 p.m.): Lansing TBA at Dayton RH Mac Sceroler (2-5, 6.49)
Saturday, August 25 (7:07 p.m.): Lansing TBA at Dayton RH Patrick McGuff (2-5, 4.08) TV: Dayton's CW (26)
Sunday, August 26 (2:07 p.m.): Lansing TBA at Dayton RH Jared Solomon (0-1, 5.19) TV: Dayton's CW (26)
Monday, August 27 (7:00 p.m.): Lansing TBA at Dayton LH Packy Naughton (5-10, 4.25)
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