Google Plus Email List
 

CalendarPay It ForwardNews LinksCrime StoppersLost & Found PetsPhoto GalleriesRaw Video
WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: Sports - Local Sports - Rachal, Varner Lead Dragons to 6-1 Win

Rachal, Varner Lead Dragons to 6-1 Win

Dayton -— Avain Rachal collected three hits and drove in two runs and starting pitcher Seth Varner fired five strong innings as the Dayton Dragons defeated the South Bend Cubs 6-1 on Monday night.  The Dragons improved their record to 2-3 on the year while South Bend fell to 3-2.  A crowd of 7,886 saw the Dragons second home game of the season.
Rachal became the first Dragons player this season to enjoy a three-hit game as he delivered singles in each of his first three plate appearances.  Rachal paced a 10-hit Dragons attack.
After South Bend scored a run in the top of the first inning, the Dragons answered with a three-run bottom of the first.  Ty Washington walked to start the inning, stole second, went to third on an error, and scored on Luis Gonzalez’s single to short center field to tie the game at 1-1.  After a pair of walks to Gavin LaValley and Brian O’Grady, Rachal delivered a hard single to left to drive in Gonzalez and LaValley and make it 3-1.
The Dragons tacked on single runs in the third, sixth, and eighth innings to extend their lead.  Rachal singled with two outs in the third, went to second on an error, and scored on Garrett Boulware’s run-scoring single to center.  In the sixth, Narciso Crook doubled to left field with one out, and Washington followed with a hit to right to drive him in and make it 5-1.  Jimmy Pickens led off the eighth with a double to right-center, advanced to third on Boulware’s fly out to right, and scored on Crook’s sacrifice fly to right with a great slid as he got his hand to the plate just before the tag.
The Dragons 10 hit attack was led by Rachal’s three-hit night.  Washington had two hits and drove in a run.
Varner (1-0) went the first five innings, allowing six hits and one run with no walks and six strikeouts to earn the win.  Alejandro Chacin followed Varner to the mound and worked a scoreless sixth inning, allowing one hit with a strikeout.  Scott Brattvet, who was added to the Dayton roster just prior to the game, tossed the seventh and the eighth, getting double plays in each inning.  He allowed a hit and a walk but no runs.  Conor Krauss pitched a perfect ninth inning to close it out.

The Dragons and Cubs will meet again in the rubber match of the series on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Right-hander Mark Armstrong will start for the Dragons while South Bend will counter with Ryan Williams.  Following Tuesday’s game, the Bowling Green Hot Rods will visit Fifth Third Field for a three-game series starting Wednesday. 
Rachal, Varner Lead Dragons to 6-1 Win

Related Stories

Ohio Sports

Last Update on May 28, 2015 05:37 GMT

RANGERS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Carlos Santana capped and eight-run third inning with a three-run homer, leading the Cleveland Indians past Texas 12-3 on Wednesday to end the Rangers' seven-game winning streak.

Carlos Carrasco (6-4) allowed only Robinson Chirinos' solo homer in the fifth while pitching eight sharp innings. The right-hander held Texas to five hits and struck out eight.

Texas starter Colby Lewis (4-3) allowed 10 runs and 11 hits in 2 2-3 innings. He was chased in the third when the Indians sent 12 men to the plate.

The lopsided loss ended Texas' seven-game winning streak.

Josh Hamilton singled in the seventh for his first hit since returning to the Rangers on Monday, but was thrown out by left fielder Mike Aviles trying for a double. Hamilton is 1 for 11 in three games after being acquired from the Angels on April 27.

RANGERS-HAMILTON

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Josh Hamilton singled in the seventh inning Wednesday for his first hit since returning to the Texas Rangers.

Hamilton, hitless in his first nine at-bats since returning Monday, lined a hit down the left field line off Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco. The AL MVP in 2010 was thrown out trying for a double by Indians' left fielder Mike Aviles.

Hamilton, who flied out in his first two at-bats, crashed face-first into the left-field wall catching Jason Kipnis' line drive in the first inning. Hamilton briefly remained on the ground, but stayed in the game.

Hamilton had a self-reported alcohol and cocaine relapse last offseason. He was a five-time All-Star in his first stint with Texas and led the Rangers to the World Series in 2010 and 2011.

ROCKIES-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer on Wednesday, extending his hitting tear, and Kyle Kendrick pitched into the eighth inning for his first win since opening day, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Rockies won for the fourth time in five games, taking two of three in the series. The Reds have lost 10 of 11, a streak that started when one of the home run smokestacks at Great American Ball Park caught fire during a loss to the Giants on May 15.

Arenado hit his 10th homer in the first inning off Mike Leake (2-4) and added a single. In the past four games, the third baseman is 9 for 16 with three homers, one triple and 10 RBIs.

Sports Stories

 
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - High School Hoops Spotlight

    High School Hoops Spotlight

    FOX 45 profiles boys and girls basketball players each Tuesday and we're looking for your nominations. Please email James Rider at jrrider@fox45now.com.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Scoreboard

    Football Friday - Scoreboard

    Check out all the scores from Friday night with the Tom Raper RV Scoreboard.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Tailgate

    Football Friday - Tailgate

    Every Friday night Sports Director Nathan Baker tailgates at the Game of the Week.  Watch the coaches interviews and get a taste of Football Friday with the Tailgate.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Band Blitz

    Football Friday - Band Blitz

    Into the band more then the game?  We have you covered with performances from local bands every Friday night with the Band Blitz.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Player of the Week

    Football Friday - Player of the Week

    Only one player can be the MVP of the entire week.  Join us on Mondays as we select the top performer from the previous Friday night as the "sponsor" Player of the Week.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Play of the Week

    Football Friday - Play of the Week

    Did your team provide the Play of the Week? Every Friday we pick the most amazing or game changing play.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Game of the Week

    Football Friday - Game of the Week

    Every week one game is tabbed as the Game of the Week.  Watch extended highlights from the biggest game of the night.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Cheerleader Shout Out

    Football Friday - Cheerleader Shout Out

    Know a cheerleader? Every Friday we get a cheerleader cheer at almost every game we go to. See if your squad made the cut with the Cheerleader Shout Out.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Football Friday - Highlights

    Football Friday - Highlights

    ABC 22 & FOX 45 brings you more games every Friday night than any other local station. Watch the Highlights here
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Top 22

    Top 22

    The 7th annual Tom Raper Top 22 helps countdown to the first Football Friday
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: Sports - Local Sports

    Local Sports

    Get local sports coverage here!
  • [an error occurred while processing this directive]

more »

Tonight on FOX 45

6:30 pm ..... FOX 45 News at 6:30
7:00 pm ..... The Big Bang Theory
7:30 pm ..... Modern Family
8:00 pm ..... Bones
9:00 pm ..... Wayward Pines
10:00 pm ... FOX 45 News at Ten
11:00 pm ... Modern Family
11:30 pm ... Mike & Molly
12:00 am ... Mike & Molly
12:30 am ... The Simpsons
1:00 am ..... Two and a Half Men
1:30 am ..... Two and a Half Men
2:00 am ..... The Office
Complete Schedule»