DAYTON, Ohio – The Lake County Captains broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the fifth inning and then added three more in the eighth on the way to an 8-3 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Wednesday night. The Captains have won the first two games of the series that will conclude on Thursday.
Lake County jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, scoring one run in the first and two more in the top of the third. The Dragons battled back in the bottom of the third with three runs to tie the game.
Mitch Trees got the Dragons third inning rally started with a base hit to right field and Zack Shields followed with a hit to right to move Trees to second. One batter later, Shed Long doubled to right to drive in one run, and James Vasquez delivered a sacrifice fly to center to drive in another. Brantley Bell then followed with a line drive double to right to bring in Long and tie the game at 3-3.
But the Dragons could not score again over the final six innings as Captains pitchers scattered 10 Dragons hits on the night. Lake County’s Nathan Lukes delivered a two-run single to break the 3-3 tie in the fifth, and the Captains took advantage of four walks in the eighth to add three more runs.
Dragons pitcher Jesus Reyes made a spot start on a low pitch limit. Reyes worked three and two-thirds innings, allowing six hits and three runs (two earned) with one walk and no strikeouts and left the game with the score tied. Sandy Lugo (0-1) replaced Reyes and was charged with the loss after allowing both runs in the fifth.
The Dragons offensive attack was led by Brantley Bell, who went 3 for 4 with an RBI. Luis Gonzalez delivered two hits along with two walks. Shed Long also had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 straight games.
The Dragons (13-33) host the Captains (26-20) at Fifth Third Field on Thursday night at 7:00 in the last game of the series and wrap-up to the seven-game home stand. Tanner Rainey (1-4, 5.46) will start for Dayton against Lake County’s Shae-Ching Chiang (2-3, 4.08).
Notes: The Dragons are batting .297 as a team in the first six games of the current home stand…The game marked the first time the Dragons have lost by more than two runs since May 14 and was the first time they have lost by more than three since May 7.