Peoria, Ill.—Dayton starting pitcher Sal Romano and relievers Pedro Diaz, Evan Mitchell, and Layne Somsen combined on a seven-hit shutout as the Dragons defeated the Peoria Chiefs 4-0 on Thursday night. The win allowed the Dragons to win the series, two-games-to-one. Dayton improved to 4-3 on the season while Peoria dropped to 3-4.
Romano allowed six hits, all singles, and did not walk a batter over his six-inning stint. He struck out two as he improved his record to 2-0. Diaz, Mitchell, and Somsen each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, combining to allow just one hit and one walk. Dragons relievers have allowed just two earned runs all season over 23.1 innings.
The Dragons improved their league-leading team earned run average to 1.60 through seven games. They allowed just two runs in the three-game series in Peoria.
The Dragons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Carlton Daal got the rally started with a one-out double to right field, and Jeff Gelalich walked. Phillip Ervin followed with a hard ground ball single to right to drive in Daal as Gelalich went to third. Ervin took second on the throw back to the infield. Sean Buckley then blooped a single over the drawn-in infield to drive in both Gelalich and Ervin to make it a three-run inning.
There was no more scoring until the eighth inning when Sammy Diaz lined a double down the left field line to drive in Sebastian Elizalde from second base with two outs to make it 4-0.
The Dragons collected a season-high 10 hits. Daal became the first Dayton player in 2014 to pick up three hits in a game, going 3 for 5 including a double. Buckley had his second straight two-hit game.
The Dragons travel to Burlington, Iowa to battle the Burlington Bees (affiliates of the Los Angeles Angels) on Friday at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). Ismael Guillon, who won his first start for the Dragons on Saturday with six shutout innings, will make the start. Burlington will counter with Michael Clevinger (1-0, 1.93). The series in Burlington will continue Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. All Dragons games can be heard on WONE Radio (980 AM) and via the internet at wone.com and through the Dragons Mobile App. The Dragons return home on Monday, April 14 when they host the Clinton Lumber Kings in the start of a three-game series.