Brandon Waring hadn't homered in six games coming into Wednesday's game against Beloit. For the Dayton Dragons slugger, that's a slump.
Waring broke out in a big way, homering twice and driving in five runs to power the Dragons to a 9-2 romp over the Snappers at Pohlman Field.
After going 1-for-14 in his previous three games, the 22-year-old designated hitter crushed a grand slam in the third inning, singled and scored in the fifth and launched a solo shot in the seventh.
"I didn't have too good of a series coming into today, so I was trying to establish something tonight," Waring said.
Waring is beginning to establish himself as one of the Midwest League's top sluggers. Selected by Cincinnati in the seventh round of the 2007 Draft, he shares the league lead with five homers and 15 RBIs.
Last season, he led the Pioneer League with 20 homers, including a stretch in which he homered twice in three of four games from Aug. 26-29.
"Last year was kind of up and down," Waring said. "It felt really good to have a really good season and take the mentality into this year. It's my first full season, so I just wanted to stay healthy and consistent. I don't let one day's performance affect the next."
With a shot at his first professional three-homer game, Waring struck out in the ninth. He settled for a 3-for-5 night that left his batting average at .373.
"I know what I can do. I know what I've done in the past, so I don't really worry," he said. "You just try to put together quality at-bats."
Denis Phipps fell a double short of the cycle for the Dragons (8-5), collecting three hits and three RBIs.
Dayton's Luis Montano (2-0) won his second straight start, yielding two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and two walks with a strikeout in five innings.
Snappers starter Michael Tarsi (0-3) was charged with eight runs on 11 hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Jair Fernandez went 3-for-4 for Beloit (5-9).
Eric Justic is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.