Loons Top Dragons 5-3 After Rain Delay in Midland
Midland, Mich. - The Great Lakes Loons broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth, then held off a ninth inning Dayton comeback bid to defeat the Dragons 5-3 on Thursday night. The start of the game was delayed by rain for one hour, 42 minutes. The two clubs have split the first two games of the three-game set.
Dayton's Miguel Hernandez launched a solo home run to left field in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1, but the Loons responded with two in the bottom of the same inning to take the lead for good.
The Dragons trailed 5-1 going to the ninth inning before scoring two runs in the frame and getting the tying run to the plate with only one out. Mariel Bautista led off the inning with a single to right field, his second hit of the night. Juan Martinez reached on an error, and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. With one out, Jay Schuyler singled to center to drive in both Bautista and Martinez to make it 5-3 and bring the tying run to the plate. But Cameron Warren flied out to center field and Morgan Lofstrom flied to left to end the game.
Dragons starting pitcher Adrian Rodriguez (6-4) was charged with the loss. He worked five innings, allowing three runs on six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Rodriguez will finish the month of August with an ERA of 1.48 in 30.1 innings and will be a strong contender for the Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Month award.
Tyler Gibson followed Rodriguez by pitching the sixth inning, allowing two runs on three hits with a walk. Moises Nova fired two scoreless innings to close out the night. Nova allowed one hit while giving up one walk and striking out three.
The Dragons finished with just five hits. Bautista was 2 for 4 with a double. The home run by Hernandez was his fifth of the year.
Up Next: The Dragons (28-38, 56-80) meet the Loons (37-29, 80-53) in the last game of the three-game series and final road game of the year for the Dragons on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Randy Wynne (0-0, 8.31) will start for the Dragons. Great Lakes will counter with Ryan Pepiot (0-0, 2.08).
The Dragons have three remaining home games in 2019. They are Saturday, August 31-Monday, September 2. For Dragons ticket information, call (937) 228-2287.
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