Dayton, Ohio (WDTN) —Great Lakes starting pitcher Scott Barlow and two relievers combined to allow only four hits as the Loons edged the Dayton Dragons 2-1 on Tuesday night. A crowd of 8,140 attended the game at Fifth Third Field.
Barlow (5-5) tossed six strong innings to earn the win, allowing one run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Reliever Ralston Cash followed Barlow to the mound and pitched two perfect innings before Jacob Rhame tossed the ninth for his fifth save.
The Loons scored both runs in the third inning. With Jesmuel Valentin at first base and two outs, Joey Curletta hit a ground ball to third base, but it got under the glove of Dayton’s Ronald Bueno for an error, and Valentin raced around to score as Curletta went to second. Josmar Cordero followed with a single to right to drive in Curletta and make it 2-0. Both runs were unearned against Dragons starting pitcher Jackson Stephens.
The Dragons scored their only run in the fifth on a long home run to left field by Avain Rachal, his first homer of the year. But Dayton did not collect another base hit until the ninth. Bueno led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to left field, and he advanced to second on Phillip Ervin’s ground out to shortstop. But Robert Ramirez struck out for the second out of the inning, and Tanner Rahier tapped to the pitcher to end the game.
Dragons starting pitcher Jackson Stephens (2-4) suffered a hard-lock loss. He worked five innings, allowing two unearned runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Dragons relievers Nolan Becker and Alejandro Chacin combined for four scoreless innings.
The Dragons (21-23) will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they host the Loons (22-22) in the last game of the three-game series at Fifth Third Field on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Amir Garrett (5-6, 3.57) will pitch for the Dragons against Zachary Bird (5-12, 4.04).
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