July 8, 2012
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Great Lakes (R-H-E): 3-9-1
Dayton (R-H-E): 6-10-0
WP: James Allen (6-3)
LP: Ralston Cash (1-5)
HR: Dayton: Ryan Wright (4th, 0 on base in fourth inning)
HR: Great Lakes: Jeff Hunt (2nd, 0 on base in ninth inning)
Dayton, Ohio-Ryan Wright belted a home run for the third straight day and Jefry Sierra collected two hits and two runs batted in as the Dayton Dragons defeated the Great Lakes Loons 6-3 on Sunday afternoon. A crowd of 8,145 saw the game at Fifth Third Field.
With Great Lakes leading 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wright drilled a solo home run to left field, his fourth of the year. The homer extended Wright's hitting streak to 16 straight games, tied for the third longest in franchise history. The club record is 20 by Carlos Mendez in 2009.
After Wright's homer, Kyle Waldrop walked, stole second, and scored on a double to right field by Sean Buckley to give the Dragons a 3-2 lead.
The Dragons added an unearned run in the sixth on Waldrop's sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. In the seventh, they added two more runs. Juan Perez doubled to right with one out and scored on Sierra's single to center. Sierra eventually scored on Yorman Rodriguez's double to right-center field to make it 6-2. Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to eight straight games with the double. He has had at least one extra base hit in six straight games.
Great Lakes' Jeff Hunt hit a solo homer with one out in the ninth, but that closed out the scoring as the Dragons earned their third straight victory and improved their record on their current homestand to 4-1.
Dayton starting pitcher James Allen (6-3) tossed the first five innings and allowed four hits and two runs while walking two and striking out six to earn the victory. Mike Dennhardt replaced Allen and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing four hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Ryan Kemp pitched the ninth, allowing one hit and one run.
The Dragons finished the day with 10 hits. Perez , Buckley, and Sierra each had two hits. The Dragons have now hit seven home runs in their last three games.
The Dragons (7-10) host the Loons (6-11) on Monday at 7:00 p.m. (WONE 980 AM) at Fifth Third Field in the wrap-up to a six-game homestand for Dayton. The Dragons will try for their first three-game series sweep of the year on Monday. Carlos Gonzalez (0-2, 5.32) will start for Dayton against Great Lakes' Duke von Schamann (0-0, 1.86). The Dragons do not play on Tuesday. They begin a six-game road trip at Peoria on Wednesday and visit Burlington later on the trip.