South Bend, Ind.(WDTN) - Mike Lang's bunt single keyed a 12th inning rally as the South Bend Silver Hawks defeated the Dayton Dragons 5-4 on Monday night to complete a sweep of the three-game series.
South Bend did not pick up a base hit after Lang's one-out triple in the fourth inning until he came to the plate with two outs and the bases empty in the 12th. Lang bunted for a base hit and stole second on the first pitch to put the winning run in scoring position. Pedro Ruiz followed with a line drive single to right field. Dayton's Beau Amaral charged the ball and made a strong accurate throw home, but Lang's slide beat the tag as South Bend celebrated a "walk-off" win.
Dragons pitchers allowed no hits and only one base runner over a seven inning stretch from the fifth through the 11th before the Silver Hawks scored in the 12th. Dragons reliever Jesus Adames (1-2) surrendered the run to absorb the loss.
The Dragons scored two runs in the top of the first inning to take an early lead, getting one run on a wild pitch and another on a run-scoring single by Junior Arias. South Bend answered with three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-2 lead. After the teams traded runs over the next two innings, the Dragons tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth when Amaral doubled, went to third on Sammy Diaz's sacrifice, and scored on Jesse Winker's ground out to make it 4-4.
The Dragons threatened to take the lead in the ninth inning when Joe Hudson walked and Tanner Rahier singled him to second with no one out. But Humberto Valor failed to get a bunt down and then grounded into a double play, and Brent Peterson struck out to end the threat.
Dragons starting pitcher Nick Travieso tossed a career-high six innings and allowed four runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts. He pitched well at times. In the third inning, South Bend put runners at second and third with no one out, and Travieso responded by striking out the next three batters to work out of the jam. Three of the four runs against Travieso came in the first inning.
The Dragons collected eight hits. Amaral and Arias each had two.
Dragons reliever Kyle McMyne worked an electrifying two innings, retiring all six batters he faced while notching four strikeouts.
The Dragons (5-7) travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky to battle the Bowling Green Hot Rods starting Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. (EDT). Jackson Stephens (0-2, 6.00) will start for Dayton against Bowling Green's Sean Bierman (4-3, 2.13). The teams will meet on four consecutive dates with the series moving to Dayton starting Thursday, July 4. Thursday night's game at Fifth Third Field will feature a post-game fireworks show. For lawn tickets, call (937) 228-2287 or purchase on-line at daytondragons.com. All Dragons games can be heard on WONE Radio (980 AM) and via the internet at daytondragons.com and wone.com.
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