Jake Boyd made his first professional start a memorable one, hurling five scoreless innings in a 4-0 shutout for the Burlington Bees (9-12) over the Dayton Dragons (8-17) at Fifth Third Field on Tuesday night. The win gives Burlington its first series victory of the year.
Boyd had been used as a reliever during his entire professional career, but made his first ever start in the Los Angeles Angels farm system on Tuesday night. Boyd allowed one hit, which came in his fifth inning of work. The right-hander did not record a single fly out, with every out being recorded via a groundout, pop out or strikeout.
Reid Scoggins piggybacked Boyd and threw three scoreless innings, allowing one hit in the eighth. Jairo Diaz finished off the shutout, issuing one walk in a scoreless ninth.
At the plate, the Bees got the scoring started in the second, but the biggest play of the game came in the first. Sherman Johnson lined a ball off the ankle of Dragons starter, Sal Romano. Romano stayed in the game to record the final out of the inning, but he had to leave the game after his one inning of work. Romano was 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA, so it was a huge loss for the Dragons.
Wandy Peralta entered the game in the second and allowed a one-out walk to Chevy Clarke. Andrew Ray followed with a single to put runners at first and second. The next batter was Brennan Gowens, who singled home Clarke to put the Bees on the board.
In the third, Sherman Johnson doubled to start the frame and came home on a single by Chevy Clarke. Clarke, Andrew Ray and Wendell Soto all had RBI singles in the inning to pull the Bees ahead 4-0.
Burlington will now head home for a nine-game homestand, which begins on Wednesday night against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Aaron Newcomb will face Joe Ross at 6:30 p.m.