Lansing, Mich. (WDTN) The Dayton Dragons sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 13-2 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts on Friday night. The Dayton win coupled with a West Michigan loss extended the Dragons lead in the East Division to a full game over the Whitecaps.
The Dragons improved their record to 24-15, going nine games above .500 for just the second time this season. They have not been 10 games above the .500 mark.
The Dragons took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, keyed by a two-run single by Carlton Daal and a two-out run-scoring hit by Jamodrick McGruder. Dayton led 3-1 going to the fourth when they put together their second biggest inning of the year. McGruder had another RBI single, Jeff Gelalich added a two-run triple, Sammy Diaz had a run-scoring single in the inning as the Dragons jumped ahead 11-1.
Dragons starting pitcher Nick Travieso (5-1) earned the win and lowered his earned run average to a league-leading 1.58. He went six innings, allowing three hits and two runs (one earned) with no walks and six strikeouts. Travieso has allowed only eight earned runs in eight starts covering 45.2 innings. He has allowed only six walks in those eight starts.
Pedro Diaz, Evan Mitchell, and Ryan Kemp each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Travieso.
The Dragons matched their season high for most runs in a game, pounding out 15 base hits. All nine Dayton starters had at least one hit and seven of the nine scored at least one run in a very balanced attack.
Diaz led the way with three hits. McGruder, Gelalich, Daal, and Sebastian Elizalde each had two. Joe Hudson had one hit and walked three times. Hudson scored four runs, the most this season by a Dragons player. McGruder, Gelalich, and Daal each drove in two runs. Gelalich had a double and a triple.
The Dragons have won eight of their last 11 games.
The Dragons meet the Lugnuts again on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Lansing in the third game of the series. Daniel Wright (2-1, 1.93) will start for Dayton against Lansing’s Shane Dawson (1-1, 6.00).