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Former Dragon shuts down Dragons

August 3, 2006 - Midwest League (MWL1)
Dayton Dragons News Release

Beloit, WI - The Dayton Dragons (21-19, 56-54) faced a familiar face on the mound in the third game of the four game series with the Beloit Snappers (22-18, 57-50) at Pohlman. Former Dragons pitcher Zach Ward (WP, 8-0) got the start against his old mates, three days after being traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Minnesota Twins for pitcher Kyle Lohse. In his fourth try for his eighth win of the season, Ward was finally successful as the Snappers staked him to a 3-0 lead. The Snappers added a pair of late runs to beat the Dragons 5-1 at Pohlman Field.

Beloit picked up single runs off Dayton starter Russell Haltiwanger (LP, 0-4) in the second, third and fourth innings. In each of the four innings that Haltiwanger pitched, the lead off man for the Snappers reached base and three of the four came home to score. Eric Lis walked to open the second and scored on a fielder's choice ground ball from Juan Portes. In the third, Allen de San Miguel led off the inning with a single and came home on a two out double by Dwayne White. The third run off Haltiwanger came in the fourth after another lead off walk, this time to Eli Tintor. Portes added his second RBI of the night with a single to center to give Beloit a 3-0 lead.

Haltiwanger lasted 3.1 innings on the night and was replaced in the bottom of the fourth inning by Logan Ondrusek (ND) who got the Dragons out of the inning with no further damage. Ondrusek turned in a quality relief performance for Dayton tossing

Ward stymied his former team allowing only one hit in the 5.2 innings he worked. The only hit Ward surrendered was to Habelito Hernandez who extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest hit streak for a Dragons player in 2006. Ward struck out six and walked one and did not allow a Dayton runner past second base all night.

Frank Mata (ND) replaced Ward with two down in the top of the sixth inning and surrendered a single to Adam Rosales, to extend his hit streak to six games but got out of the inning getting B.J. Szymanski to fly out to right field. In the seventh inning Bradley Key got Dayton on the board with a one out solo homer off Mata to cut the lead to 3-1.

The Snappers extended the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning on a two run homer from Tintor off Dayton reliever Bo Lanier (ND).

David Shinskie (SV, 10) blanked the Dragons over the final two innings to pick up the save for Ward.

Dayton wraps up the four game series at Beloit on Friday night. 1410 ESPN Radio WING AM will carry all the action live beginning with the Dragons Pre Game Show at 7:30 PM; Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 8:00 PM. RHP Robert Manuel (0-2, 4.19 ERA) will make the start for Dayton. The Snappers will counter with LHP Alexander Smit (4-1, 3.66 ERA). All Dragons games in 2006 can also be heard live on the internet at

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