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Dragons Walk-Off Against South Bend

DAYTON -- Jimmy Pickens’ infield grounder allowed Aristides Aquino to race in from third base with the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Dayton Dragons battled back to defeat the South Bend Cubs 3-2 on Tuesday night.  With the win, the Dragons took two-out-of-three in the series with South Bend and improved to 3-3 on the season.
The ninth inning began when Aquino lined a double down the right field line with the score tied 2-2.  Gavin LaValley’s fly out to deep center field allowed Aquino to tag and advance to third.  With one out, the Cubs intentionally walked Avain Rachal to bring up the left-handed batting Pickens against left-hander Tommy Thorpe.  Rachal stole second before Pickens hit a 2-2 pitch to the right of South Bend first baseman Gioskar Amaya, who fielded the ball and turned to throw home as Aquino raced to the plate.  Amaya’s throw was wide of catcher Cael Brockmeyer as Aquino slid in safely to end the game.
South Bend picked up single runs in the second and third innings before the Dragons scored in the bottom of the third.  With one out in the Dayton third, Narciso Crook drilled a triple to center field to give the Dragons their first base runner of the night.  Crook scored on Jose Ortiz’s ground out to third base to make it 2-1.  In the eighth, the Dragons tied the game.  Ortiz doubled to left field with one out and scored on a two-out single to right by Wendell Soto to even the score.
The Dragons bullpen was outstanding in the game.  Jake Ehret tossed three shutout innings and allowed only one base runner.  He struck out five.  Brennan Bernardino (1-0) worked a scoreless ninth, allowing a walk and striking out two to earn the win.
Dragons starting pitcher Mark Armstrong tossed five innings, allowing six hits and two runs with one walk and one strikeout.
The Dragons collected just five hits in the game and had only one over six innings against South Bend starter Ryan Williams.  Three of the five hits went for extra bases including doubles by Aquino and Ortiz and the triple by Crook.
The Dragons open a new three-game series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Tyler Mahle (0-0, 1.80) will make his second start of the year for the Dragons.  Brent Honeywell (0-0, 2.25) will start for Bowling Green.
All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at wone.com.  Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.

Notes:  In the three Dragons wins this season, their opponents have combined to score only three runs…The Dragons have committed one error or less in five of their six games.
Dragons Walk-Off Against South Bend

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INDIANS-ANGELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Conor Gillaspie hit a go-ahead home run off Corey Kluber and the Los Angeles Angels snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Monday night.

Garrett Richards (11-8) tied a career high with 11 strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings. Huston Street got the last three outs for his 26th save in 29 attempts, and his first since becoming the 27th member of the 300-save club on July 22.

Gillaspie connected for a two-run drive in the sixth. The Angels added another run later in the inning for a 5-3 lead.

Kluber (6-12) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings, and left with a 3.60 ERA this season.

INDIANS-KIPNIS OUT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have put All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list because of chronic inflammation in his right shoulder.

The Indians sent their leadoff hitter back to Cleveland to be examined by team doctors before the start of a series Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

Kipnis leads the American League with 132 hits, and is batting .326 with six home runs and 39 RBIs in 101 games.

The Indians recalled infielder Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus. They also optioned left-hander Michael Roth to Triple-A and recalled lefty Kyle Crockett.

WHITE SOX-THOMPSON

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox recalled outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Charlotte before Monday night's game with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Thompson takes the roster spot of right-hander Scott Carroll, who was optioned to the minors on Sunday. The White Sox had been playing one outfielder short since J.B. Shuck (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

Thompson, 24, was hitting .260 with 13 home runs, 39 runs batted in and 53 runs scored for Charlotte this season.

Thompson is the son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson, who played 13 seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers. One brother, Klay, currently is a member of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, and another, Mychal Jr., formerly played with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

His father, his brothers and his mother, Julie, were expected to attend Monday's game in anticipation of his major-league debut. Thompson wasn't in the starting lineup.

HOME RUN RECORD

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Call him the real-life Crash Davis.

Mike Hessman, an infielder for Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit Tigers' system, became the career home run leader for U.S.-based minor leagues Monday night, hitting his 433rd in the seventh inning of a game against Lehigh Valley.

Davis was the character played by Kevin Costner in the movie "Bull Durham" who set the minor league record for homers.

Hessman reached the actual mark in style, hitting a grand slam to break a tie on the career list with Buzz Arlett.

According to the Society for American Baseball Research, Hector Espino hit 484 minor league home runs, but he hit most of them in the Mexican League, which is not part of the affiliated minor league system.

The 37-year-old Hessman has played 109 games in the major leagues for Atlanta, Detroit and the New York Mets. He has not appeared in the majors since 2010. He's hit 14 homers in the majors, batting .188 overall.

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