Five Dayton Dragons had multiple hits to lead their team to a 6-2 win over the Bowling Green Hot Rods in a Saturday night game that included six errors. (A seventh error was changed to a hit after the game.)
The Dragons offense was led by Gavin LaValley, whose three hits included a solo homer. Ronald Bueno, Brian O’Grady, Avain Rachal and Narciso Crook additionally had two hits each for Dayton.
Jonathan Reynoso went 0-for-4 with a walk, yet managed to reach base four times. In addition to the walk, he reached base on an error three times.
Riley Unroe was the only Hot Rods player to collect two hits, though Thomas Milone and Mac James each drew a pair of walks.
Just as he had earlier in the series, Milone showed off his defensive skills with a great play in the outfield. LaValley, who had homered earlier in the game, crushed the ball to deep centerfield, but Milone hauled it in by making a catch while running at full tilt.
LHP Mike Sullivan was credited with the win after striking out four in three scoreless innings of relief. He gave up one hit and one walk.
The four-game series closes out Sunday with a matinee game that pits Hot Rods RHP Hunter Wood (0-2, 1.44 ERA) vs. Dragons LHP Junior Morillo (1-1, 4.09 ERA). It will be my last game in Bowling Green on this road trip.
Note from the Dragons game story: Garrett Boulware and Shed Long completed three-game suspensions Saturday and will be eligible to play Sunday. Both were among seven Dragons players suspended after an on-field altercation at South Bend on June 17. Avain Rachal and Jose Ortiz will begin three-game suspensions Sunday.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler