Davenport, Iowa (WDTN) —Quad Cities starting pitcher Elieser Hernandez combined with two relievers to allow just four hits as the River Bandits defeated the Dayton Dragons 7-1 on Friday night. The win was the 11th straight for Quad Cities. Their full-season record of 73-36 is the best in all of professional baseball.
The Dragons fell to 1-3 on their six-game road trip as they committed five errors leading to five unearned runs.
The Dragons only run came in the top of the first inning when they took an early lead. Cory Thompson was hit by a pitch to begin the game, went to third on a single by Shed Long, and scored on a wild pitch.
Quad Cities took the lead for good in the third inning when they scored four runs on four hits, taking advantage of a pair of Dragons errors in the inning. They added single runs in the fifth, seventh, and eighth to close out the scoring.
The Dragons had only four base runners after the first inning. They advanced only one runner as far as second base over the final eight innings.
Dragons starting pitcher Tyler Mahle (11-6) was victimized by three errors behind him that led to three unearned runs as he suffered the loss. He tossed six innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
The Dragons four hits came from four different players, and all were singles. Cory Thompson’s nine-game hitting streak came to an end with an 0 for 3 night.
The Dragons (18-23 in the second half; 57-54 overall) battle the River Bandits (28-13, 73-36) in the second game of the three-game series on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). Wyatt Strahan (6-8, 2.93) will start for Dayton against Joshua James (4-2, 2.93). The next Dragons home game is Tuesday, August 11 vs. the Peoria Chiefs.
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.