DAYTON, Ohio – The Great Lakes Loons closed out a big offensive series by collecting 18 hits and defeating the Dayton Dragons 13-1 on Friday night at Fifth Third Field. The Loons won two-of-three in the series and picked up 49 hits in the process, reaching at least 15 in all three games.
The Loons scored one run in the first inning and two more in the third to take a 3-0 lead. After a pair of scoreless innings, they took command with four runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 7-0.
Meanwhile, Loons pitchers limited the Dragons to just three hits over the first seven innings. The Dragons avoided the shutout with a run in the eighth when Josciel Veras doubled to drive in Zack Shields from first base and make it 7-1.
Great Lakes scored six runs in the ninth inning against Veras, an infielder pressed into service on the mound, to close out the scoring.
Dragons starting pitcher Jose Lopez (6-9) suffered the loss. He worked five and one-third innings, allowing six runs on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Manuel Aybar replaced Lopez with two men on base in the sixth and allowed both inherited runners to score plus one more in the inning. Aybar was charged with one run over an inning and two-thirds, allowing three hits and two walks.
The Dragons finished with four hits. Nick Senzel reached base twice, going 1 for 2 with a walk.
The Dragons (12-21, 33-70) remain home but open a new four-game series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-13, 57-45) on Saturday at 7:07 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. Tanner Rainey (3-8, 5.65) will start for the Dragons against Bowling Green’s Tyler Brashears (4-0, 2.09).
Dragons games on both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon (2:00 p.m.) will be televised on Dayton’s CW (Channel 26; Time Warner Cable channels 13 and 1013).
Notes: The start of Friday’s game was delayed by rain for two hours, 49 minutes and ended at 12:52 a.m.