Midland, Mich. (WDTN) James Vasquez delivered two doubles and drove in three runs while Jose Lopez fired six shutout innings to lead the Dayton Dragons to a 4-0 win over the Great Lakes Loons on Monday. The Dragons and Loons split the four-game series. The win was the sixth shutout victory of the season for the Dragons.
Lopez (6-7) allowed just two hits and permitted only two runners past first base over his six innings to earn the win. He walked three and struck out seven. Jesus Reyes followed Lopez to the mound and worked two innings, allowing two hits but no runs. He benefitted from two outstanding defensive plays by Dragons center fielder Mitch Piatnik, who made a great running catch in the seventh and threw out a runner at third in the eighth. Sarkis Ohanian pitched the ninth in a non-save situation and struck out two batters in the process.
The Dragons jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Shed Long lined a single to right field with one out and went to second on a hard liner through the middle by Nick Senzel. James Vasquez followed with a one-hopper off the fence in left-center to drive in both runners put the Dragons in front. Then in the second, Dayton’s Reydel Medina led off the inning with a home run to right field to make it 3-0. The homer was Medina’s fourth of the season.
The Dragons added another run in the sixth when Senzel doubled to deep center and scored on Vasquez’s slicing liner down the left field line to make it 4-0 and close out the scoring.
The Dragons collected six hits, but four were extra base hits. Vasquez led the attack with two doubles. Senzel was 2 for 3 with a single and double and two runs scored. Medina’s homer was the other extra base hit. Shed Long has a hit to extend his hitting streak to 10 straight games.
The Dragons (6-12, 27-61) do not play on Tuesday. They will open a six-game home stand on Wednesday when they take on the Beloit Snappers (9-9, 41-46) at Fifth Third Field at 7:00 p.m. Tanner Rainey (2-7, 6.22) will start for the Dragons against Beloit’s James Naile (3-6, 2.72).
All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at wone.com. Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.