Dayton, Ohio (WDTN) Jonathan Reynoso led a 16-hit Dayton attack with three hits, two stolen bases, and three runs scored as the Dragons defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps 6-3 on Tuesday night at Fifth Third Field. The win was the Dragons fourth straight overall, but it also extended their home winning streak to nine. The club record for consecutive home victories is 10, set in 2008.
The win also lifted the Dragons into a tie for second place (wildcard spot in the playoff race) with a second half record of 14-12.
Three different Dragons hitters collected three hits on Tuesday in the series opener with first place West Michigan. Along with Reynoso, Narciso Crook had three hits including two doubles and two runs batted in. He also stole a base. Ty Washington had two doubles and a single. Paul Kronenfeld contributed two hits with an RBI. The 16 hits was the Dragons highest total since June 5 when they had 18 at Clinton and their highest total at home this season.
West Michigan scored two runs with two outs in the top of the second before the Dragons battled back to even the score in the third. Crook doubled to left field with one out, stole third, and scored on Washington’s double to right. Washington scored on Kronenfeld’s two-out single to right to make it 2-2.
The Dragons took their first lead of the night in the fourth. Reynoso reached on an infield hit, stole second, took third when the catcher’s throw went into center field, and scored on Cory Thompson’s two-out single to center to make it 3-2.
West Michigan came right back to tie it on a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning by David Gonzalez, but the Dragons regained the lead in the bottom of the frame. Luis Gonzalez led off the inning with a single, and after back-to-back singles by Kronenfeld and Aristides Aquino, Gavin LaValley delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3. The Dragons added another run in the sixth when Reynoso doubled, went to third on an error, and scored on Crook’s ground out to give the Dragons a 5-3 lead. The Dragons closed out the scoring in the eighth when Reynoso reached on an infield single, stole second, went to third on an error, and scored on Crook’s double hard off the center field fence to make it 6-3.
Dragons starting pitcher Jake Paulson (3-2) worked into the sixth inning for the first time this season, going five and two-thirds. He allowed three runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts to earned the win.
Mike Sullivan gave the Dragons an outstanding middle relief assignment. He worked two and one-third innings, allowing no hits or runs with a walk and two strikeouts. Jeremy Kivel pitched a perfect ninth inning for his second save, notching two strikeouts. His fastball clocked in at 97 mph on the stadium radar gun.
The Dragons (14-12 in the second half; 53-43 overall) host West Michigan (16-9, 49-45) again on Wednesday night at 7:00 at Fifth Third Field as they try to tie the club record for consecutive home wins. Wyatt Strahan (6-7, 2.81) will start for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Artie Lewicki (1-3, 4.46).
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: With the win, the Dragons improved their full-season record to 53-43, pushing them 10 games above the .500 mark for the first time since the end of the 2011 season when they finished the year with a record of 83-57.