DAYTON, Ohio - Bowling Green pitchers Tommy Romero and Tyler Zombro combined on a three-hit shutout as the Hot Rods edged the Dayton Dragons 1-0 on Saturday night. A crowd of 7,883 was in attendance at Fifth Third Field.
Dragons starting pitcher Hunter Greene reached 101 mph on approximately 10 pitches in the game, an achievement never before reached in Dragons history in that frequency. Greene’s 101 mph fastballs matched the Fifth Third Field record for hardest pitch in a game set originally by Aroldis Chapman on a Major League rehab assignment in 2014. Greene had also reached 101 on three previous pitches in 2018.
Greene worked five innings, allowing four hits and the only run of the game with two walks and six strikeouts. Greene allowed one run or less for the fifth time in his last six starts. He was charged with the loss and fell to 1-4.
The game’s only run came in the second inning. Bowling Green’s Devin Davis bounced a single to center field to start the inning. Greene struck out the next batter before Chris Betts lined a 100 mph fastball into the right field corner for a double, moving Davis to third. Davis scored when the next batter, Emilio Gustave, grounded out to shortstop.
The Dragons only three hits were a single by Andy Sugilio in the first inning, a double by Jeter Downs in the fourth, and a single by John Sansone with one out in the ninth. Downs’ double came with no one out in the fourth and gave the Dragons their best chance to score. He advanced to third on Andy Sugilio’s fly out to center. With one out, Sansone hit a hard grounder to third. Downs tried to score and was tagged out at the plate. The next two batters, Stuart Fairchild and Hendrik Clementina, both walked, but the inning ended when Miles Gordon’s soft looper to shallow right was caught with a leaping grab by Bowling Green second baseman Vidal Brujan as the Dragons left the bases loaded.
Dragons relievers Cory Thompson and John Ghyzel, both headed to the Midwest League All-Star Game, combined to work the final four innings without allowing a run. Thompson tossed three scoreless innings in relief of Greene.
The Dragons fell to 29-31 in the first half. They have lost five straight games. Bowling Green improved to 39-21.
Andrew Jordan (1-1, 2.81) will start for Dayton against Bowling Green’s Tobias Myers (6-3, 4.96).
Game Broadcast: The Dragons game on Sunday will be televised on Dayton’s CW (channel 26; Spectrum Cable channels 13 and 1013).
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