MIDLAND, Mich. – Five Dayton pitchers combined to allow just three hits to lead the Dragons to a 2-1 victory over the Great Lakes Loons on Friday night. The win was the Dragons third straight, matching their season-high for consecutive victories.
Dragons starting pitcher Jesus Reyes (3-1) worked five shutout innings, allowing two hits with three walks and four strikeouts to earn the win. He left the game with a 2-0 lead.
The Dragons scored the only runs they would need in the top of the fifth inning. The inning started when Luis Gonzalez lined a single to center field and Zack Shields was hit by a pitch. Shed Long advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. After Tanner Rahier struck out, Kevin Franklin blooped a single to center to bring in both runners and give the Dragons a 2-0 lead.
Great Lakes scored their only run in the sixth. They threatened to score in the eighth against reliever Manuel Aybar after a walk, two wild pitches, and a hit batsman left runners at first and third with two outs. But Dayton reliever Mike Sullivan replaced Aybar and struck out Matt Jones on three pitches to end the threat. Sullivan pitches a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the year.
The Dragons finished with six hits by six different players.
The Dragons winning streak, which began Wednesday night in Dayton, has included three low-scoring games. Dragons opponents have scored just six runs in the three games. The Loons have collected just six hits in the first two games of the series in Midland.
The Dragons (20-48) meet the Loons (28-40) in the third game of the series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Midland. Austin Orewiler (1-4, 3.23) will start for Dayton against Great Lakes’ Nolan Long (2-6, 5.61).
The series in Midland will conclude the first half in the Midwest League’s split-season format.