Midland, Mich. – Ronald Bueno led a 13-hit Dayton attack with two doubles and two runs scored as the Dragons defeated the Great Lakes Loons 8-3 on Tuesday night. The win lifted the Dragons into sole possession of second place in the East Division of the Midwest League, two games back of first place Bowling Green.
The win was the Dragons third straight. They are 12-5 over their last 17 games. They have won six of their last eight road games. The win also lifted the Dragons (18-14) to four games over the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Bueno, Ty Washington, Gavin LaValley, and Jonathan Reynoso each had two hits for the Dragons. Reynoso extended his hitting streak to nine straight games and raised his batting average to .313.
The Dragons took the lead early with three runs in the top of the first inning. Washington walked to start the game, stole second, and scored on Luis Gonzalez’s single to right field. With one out, Brian O’Grady reached on an error and Avain Rachal was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Reynoso then lifted a fly ball over the head of the right fielder to bring in Gonzalez and O’Grady to make it 3-0. The Dragons added another run in the second when Ronald Bueno scored from third on Washington’s infield ground out.
Great Lakes batted back in the fifth when Jimmy Allen drilled a three-run home run to left field to make it 4-3. It was Allen’s first homer of the year. The Loons loaded the bases with two outs in the same inning, but Alejandro Chacin came in from the Dayton bullpen to get a strikeout and strand three to hold the lead.
The Dragons added three runs in the eighth to regain control of the game. Reynoso singled to start the inning and eventually scored on Bueno’s double. Nick Benedetto doubled in Bueno, and Washington’s single brought in Benedetto to make it 7-3. The Dragons closed out the scoring with one run in the ninth on an RBI double by Jose Ortiz.
Dragons starting pitcher Mark Armstrong was not involved in the decision. He worked four and two-thirds innings, allowing 10 hits and three runs with one walk and five strikeouts. Armstrong kept the Loons off the board until the fifth when they collected three runs on five hits against him.
Chacin (1-0) was credited with the win. He worked two and one-third innings, allowing one hit and no runs with one walk and four strikeouts. Conor Krauss tossed the final two innings, allowing three hits but no runs with two strikeouts.
The final two games of the series will feature morning starts. The Dragons and Loons (12-16) will meet on Wednesday at 10:35 a.m. Tyler Mahle (2-3, 4.55) will pitch for the Dragons against Great Lakes’ Kevin Guzman (1-3, 3.86). Thursday’s series finale will also start at 10:35 a.m.
Notes: The Dragons are 14-1 this season when they score at least four runs…Great Lakes has lost five straight games.