PEORIA, Illinois – Three Peoria pitchers combined to scatter six hits and allow just one unearned run as the Chiefs defeated the Dayton Dragons 7-1 on Saturday night. The Chiefs took advantage of three Dayton throwing errors in the game to complete a sweep of the three-game series. Dayton went 1-5 on their six-game road trip.
The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Zack Shields singled, went to second on an error, and eventually scored on Shed Long’s two-out single. But Peoria answered with two runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead, then added three in the fifth inning and two more in the eighth to close out the scoring.
Dragons starting pitcher Tanner Rainey (0-4) came off the disabled list to make the start and was charged with the loss. He worked three innings, allowing two runs on two hits with four walks and one strikeout. Both runs against Rainey came on bases-loaded walks.
Jake Johnson replaced Rainey and tossed two innings, allowing three runs on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Ariel Hernandez tossed two strong innings, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts. Jeremy Kivel allowed the final two runs, both unearned, in the eighth.
The Dragons collected six hits on the night. All six were singles and came from six different players. The Dragons totaled just two runs in the three-game set in Peoria.
The Dragons (6-24) do not play on Sunday. They open a seven-game home stand on Monday against the South Bend Cubs (17-11) at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. Austin Orewiler (0-1, 3.20) will start for the Dragons against South Bend’s Ryan Kellogg (2-2, 2.30).