Dayton, Ohio (WDTN) —Dayton starting pitcher Nick Travieso and relievers Pedro Diaz and Zack Weiss combined to allow just three hits as the Dragons defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon. The win was the Dragons second straight in the series and third straight overall. They will try for the series sweep on Thursday night.
Travieso (10-5) moved into a tie for the league lead in victories with the win. He worked six innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Diaz replaced Travieso to start the seventh and tossed two scoreless frames, allowing two walks but no hits with three strikeouts. Weiss earned his second save by working a scoreless ninth inning. He stuck out the first two batters in the inning before allowing an infield single and then getting a grounder to shortstop to end the game.
The Dragons scored all three of their runs in the top of the first inning. Jamodrick McGruder walked to start the game and stole second. With one out, Robert Ramirez reached on an infield single to shortstop as McGruder advanced to third. Phillip Ervin’s sacrifice fly brought in McGruder to make it 1-0, and Ramirez advanced to second on the throw home. Tanner Rahier followed with a hit to center to drive in Ramirez, and Rahier scored on Jon Matthews’ run-scoring single to make it 3-0.
Lansing scored their only run in the second inning, taking advantage of a defensive letdown by the Dragons. Dayton committed three errors in an inning for the first time this season, leading to one unearned run by the Lugnuts. The run scored on a misplayed ground ball with the bases loaded, but Travieso was able to avoid further trouble when he got the next hitter, David Harris, to ground into an inning-ending double play with three runners aboard. Lansing was able to advance only two runners as far as second base the rest of the day.
The Dragons collected eight hits. Matthews, who came off the disabled list before the game, went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI.
The Dragons (18-20) will try for the sweep against the Lugnuts (18-20) on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Dayton’s Jackson Stephens (2-3, 4.60) will oppose Lansing’s Jeremy Gabryszwski (6-3, 4.14).