Bowling Green, Ky. (WDTN) —Bowling Green pitchers Greg Harris and Edgar Gomez combined on a three-hit shutout as the Hot Rods defeated the Dayton Dragons 1-0 on Friday night. The game was delayed at the start by rain for 28 minutes but then played in a rapid one hour, 50 minutes. The two clubs have split the first two games of the series.
Dragons starting pitcher Wyatt Strahan (5-5) fired a complete game in a losing effort, going eight innings and allowing seven hits and one run with no walks and six strikeouts.
The only run of the game came in the fifth inning (. With one out, Mac James singled to center field, went to second on a ground out, and advanced to third on Grant Kay’s infield single. With two outs, Alec Sole singled to right field to drive in James to give the Hot Rods the lead.
The Dragons best chances to score came in the third, eighth, and ninth innings. In both the third and eighth, they had runners at first and second, but could not get the big hit. In the ninth, Dayton’s Luis Gonzalez reached on an error to start the inning. The next batter, Gavin LaValley, hit a long drive to left field. Bowling Green’s Bralin Jackson made a fine leaping catch, then fired back to the infield, and the relay throw to first beat Gonzalez back to the bag for a double play to end the Dragons scoring opportunity.
The Dragons three hits including a bunt single by Ronald Bueno on the first pitch of the game, and singles in the third by Bueno and Jose Ortiz.
The Dragons and Hot Rods will battle in the third game of the four-game series on Saturday night at 7:05 (EDT) in Bowling Green. Jake Paulson (1-2, 2.88) will make a spot start for the Dragons against Bowling Green’s Hyrum Formo (4-2, 4.96).
All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at wone.com. Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.
Notes: Brian O’Grady went 0 for 4 in the game as his hitting streak ended at 13 games.