Waring Homers Twice, Dragons Win 3-2 In Peoria
Peoria, Ill.-Brandon Waring belted two home runs including a tie-breaking shot in the ninth inning to lead the Dayton Dragons to their third straight victory, a 3-2 win over the Peoria Chiefs on Tuesday afternoon.
The Dragons improved to 13-10 on the season with the win and are 3-1 on their current six game road trip.
After Peoria scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at 2-2, Waring led off the ninth with a blast beyond the fence in left-center field to give the Dragons a 3-2 lead.
Dragons reliever Joseph Krebs (3-1) pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth and earned the win. He had entered the game with the scored tied and the bases loaded with one out in the eighth and worked out of the jam to keep the game tied.
Dragons starting pitcher Scott Carroll was outstanding, tossing six and one-third innings of shutout baseball. He walked one and struck out three, leaving the game with a 2-0 lead.
Dayton took the lead in the third inning. Kevyn Feiner was hit by a pitch and Justin Reed followed with a single to center to move Feiner to third. Brandon Menchaca grounded into a double play as Feiner scored to make it 1-0.
Waring drilled a home run to left field with two outs and the bases empty in the fourth to make it 2-0.
Peoria had only one runner past first base until they tied the game in the eighth against Dragons reliever Jeremy Horst. With one out and a runner at first, Marwin Gonzalez singled to right and Leon Johnson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Nate Samson followed with a single to center to drive in two runs and tie the game. After an intentional walk to load the bases again, Krebs replaced Horst and got Kyler Burke to pop to the catcher and then got Marquez Smith to ground to short to strand three runners and end the threat.
After Waring's homer in the ninth, his team-leading seventh of the season, Krebs allowed a one-out double in the bottom of the inning to Jovan Rosan on a ball that Dragons center fielder Justin Reed misjudged off the bat, starting laterally to his left and then going back before the ball got over his outstretched glove. But Krebs struck out Cliff Andersen for the second out, and third baseman Angel Cabrera made an outstanding lunging grab of Gonzalez's liner across the foul line to end the game.
The Dragons and Chiefs will play a doubleheader Wednesday night to close out the road trip. The first of two seven-inning games will start at 6:00 p.m. (EDT). Curtis Partch (0-3, 7.11) and Enerio Del Rosario (1-1, 1.65) will be Wednesday's starting pitchers for the Dragons.
The Dragons next home game is Friday night against Burlington in the first game of a 10 day, 10 game homestand at Fifth Third Field.
Notes: The Dragons played errorless baseball for the fourth straight game...Feiner went 2 for 3 to raise his batting average to .314. He is batting .438 over his last nine games...Zack Cozart extended his hitting streak to six straight games with an eighth inning single...Carroll became the second Dragons starting pitcher to pitch at least six innings this season. Luis Montano has done it twice...The Dragons improved their road record to 7-6 on the year, the first time they have been above the .500 mark...Denis Phipps got the day off, the first game this season that he has missed. Todd Frazier is the only remaining Dragons player who has played in every game.
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