GENEVA, Illinois - Jesse Winker and Nick O'Shea belted home runs and Zach Vincej collected three hits and three runs batted in to lead the Dayton Dragons to an 11-8 victory over the Kane County Cougars on Monday afternoon. The Dragons win snapped the Cougars six-game winning streak as Dayton finished their road trip with a 2-3 record. Dayton improved to 10-20 on the year while Kane County fell to 14-14.
Dayton built an 11-1 lead over the first four and one-half innings but had to hold off a Kane County comeback bid. Dragons reliever Sean Lucas entered the game with two men on base and two outs in the ninth with the potential tying run at the plate. Lucas struck out Kane County's Marco Hernandez to end the game.
Dayton scored three runs in the top of the first inning to take a lead they would not surrender. Winker lined a two-run home run off the right field foul pole to highlight the inning. It was Winker's third homer of the year.
Dayton led 4-1 when O'Shea connected on a three-run home run to left field in the third to make it 7-1. It was O'Shea's second homer of the road trip and second of the year. Dayton added another run in the fourth and then three-more in the fifth, keyed by Vincej's two-out, two-run single, to go ahead 11-1.
Kane County scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and one more in the sixth to close the deficit to 11-5. It was still 11-5 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth before the Cougars rallied to score three runs and advance the potential tying run to the plate before Lucas ended it with the strikeout.
The Dragons finished with 14 hits. Vincej went 3 for 4 and has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, raising his average from .180 to .275. Winker, Brent Peterson, Seth Mejias-Brean, and Robert Ramirez each had two hits.
Dragons starting pitcher Sal Romano (3-2) worked the first five innings to earn the win. He retired eight straight batters at one point before allowing four hits and three runs in the fifth. His final line included four runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Joey Housey made his Dragons debut in relief of Romano and worked two innings, allowing one hit and one run with three walks and three strikeouts. Alejandro Chacin worked one and two-thirds innings, giving up three hits and three runs with two walks and a strikeout. Lucas recorded the game's final out for the save.
The Dragons do not play on Tuesday. They open a series against the Lansing Lugnuts at Fifth Third Field in Dayton on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Robert Stephenson (1-3, 5.79) is scheduled to pitch for Dayton pending any decisions related to a possible rehabilitation assignment involving Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto.
Notes: The Dragons matched their season high for runs in a game by the end of the fifth inning with 11. They also matched their high for hits in a game with 14…The Dragons were 7 for 15 (.467) as a team with runners in scoring position…The Dragons scored 22 runs in their two wins on the road trip and scored six runs in their three losses.
Health Partners of Western Ohio is sponsoring a week long "Enrollment Blitz" to assist patients and residents in completing applications for Ohio Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
An accident on Interstate 75 is blocking northbound traffic.
An overturned tractor-trailer is blocked Burrville Road north of Fort Recovery-Minster Road in Mercer County Monday morning.
One man is in custody after a police pursuit that began in Franklin and ended in the area of Germantown Pike and Stolz Avenue in Dayton.
A light drizzle of rain falling Monday morning could freeze to area roads ahead of the morning commute.