Dragons Win Fourth In a Row
DAYTON -- Brian O’Grady’s two-run double with two outs in the sixth inning gave the Dayton Dragons the lead on the way to a 5-2 victory on Thursday night. A crowd of 8,015 saw the Dragons win their fourth straight game at Fifth Third Field. Dayton improved to 5-3 with the win and dropped Bowling Green to 2-6.
The Dragons jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Wendell Soto walked, advanced to second on Ronald Bueno’s sacrifice, and scored on Aristides Aquino’s two-out double. Meanwhile, Dragons starting pitcher Wyatt Strahan allowed only three base runners and no runs over the first five innings. But in the top of the sixth, Bowling Green’s Riley Unroe connected on a two-run home run off Strahan to give the Hot Rods a 2-1 lead.
In the Dayton half of the sixth, Gavin LaValley lined a one-out double to center field and Aquino walked. After Avain Rachal lined out to center, O’Grady followed by drilled a two-base hit to the fence in left-center field, bringing in both LaValley and Aquino to give the Dragons the lead at 3-2. The Dragons added two more runs in the eighth, keyed by an run-scoring infield single by Rachal and an error, to close out the scoring.
Strahan (2-0) earned his second straight win. He worked six innings, allowing five hits and two runs with one walk and three strikeouts. Jeremy Kivel followed Strahan and pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out one. Brian Hunter retired all three batters in the eighth, getting two strikeouts. Alejandro Chacin tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first save. Bowling Green did not have a base runner after the sixth inning.
The Dragons finished with eight hits. LaValley was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Aquino extended his hitting streak to five straight games after a slow start.
Over the Dragons four-game winning streak, their opponents have scored only five runs to lower the team earned run average to 2.73. Dragons relievers have combined for 13 and one-third scoreless innings during the winning streak.
The Dragons host Bowling Green again on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.
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: The game was played in just two hours, 10 minutes after Wednesday’s series opener last two hours, six minutes…The Dragons have committed just three errors during the four-game winning streak.