Dragons Too Much for Loons

Thomas becomes 2nd Loon to hit 20 HR in a season

By Matt DeVries / Great Lakes Loons | August 25, 2017 11:21 PM ET


MIDLAND, Mich. - Scoreless through the first four innings on Friday night, the Dayton Dragons took control of the game in the top of the 5th inning when they didn't let a power outage get in their way clobbering five runs to take the lead for the good en route to a 10-1 win. After a play at the plate finished, the lights in the stadium and video board dimmed before partially coming back on. After a 17-minute delay, play resumed.

The lone run for the Loons in the game came on a home run from Cody Thomas in the bottom of the 5th inning, his 20th home run of the season. Thomas is just the second player in franchise history to reach the 20-home run plateau, with the other being Kyle Russell in 2009 when he had 26 home runs.

Chris Mathewson (L, 5-4) started off hot for the Loons striking out three batters through his first two innings. But he eventually was saddled with the loss after allowing a total of six runs (five earned) on six hits over five innings. Ryan Moseley and Aneurys Zabala each gave up a pair of runs in four total innings out of the bullpen.

The Loons were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and could only muster six hits as a team against the Dayton trio of Wennington Romero (W, 5-10), Patrick Riehl and Moises Nova (SV, 1) who combined for 13 strikeouts in the game.

Three players (Taylor Trammell, Bruce Yari, Hector Vargas) each went 2-for-5 with two runs batted in for the Dragons. Yari and Vargas also both homered in the contest.

The series will roll on Saturday between Great Lakes and Dayton as Leo Crawford (7-10, 4.61 ERA) will get the call for his 23rd start of the season in a Loons uniform. Right-hander Scott Moss (13-6, 3.36) will continue his chase for the Dragons single-season wins record.

The game Saturday at Dow Diamond is sold out. Fans that have purchased 2017 grass passes will still have those honored at the box office. However, no vouchers or rainout tickets can be redeemed for tickets to Saturday's game. Tickets are still available for the other three games against Dayton the rest of the weekend. 

The Great Lakes Loons are the 2016 Midwest League Champions and have been a Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2007. Dow Diamond, home of the Loons, also houses ESPN 100.9-FM and the Michigan Baseball Foundation. For tickets and more information about the Loons, call 989-837-BALL or visit Loons.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

View More