The Lansing Lugnuts scored eight runs in the first inning and held off a Dayton comeback bid as they defeated the Dragons 10-7 on Monday night. The Dragons got the tying run to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning before going down to their third straight loss on the road trip.
Dragons starting pitcher Hunter Greene (0-1) struggled on Monday, allowing seven runs in two-thirds of an inning. He allowed four hits and three walks with one strikeout. All runs in the first inning came with two outs. Four of the runs against Green came on a grand slam home run by Lansing’s Brock Lundquist. The Lugnuts added a three-run home run by Chavez Young later in the first inning that came against Dayton reliever Austin Orewiler.
The Dragons battled back after falling behind early, cutting the eight-run deficit in half with four runs in the fourth inning. But Lansing added two runs in the seventh and built their lead to 10-4 going to the ninth. Dayton rallied for three runs in the inning and had two men on base with two outs as Stuart Fairchild came to the plate representing the tying run. But Fairchild fouled out to the first baseman to end the game.
The Dragons finished with 13 hits, their second highest total of the season. Mark Kolozsvary led the way with three hits including two doubles and a run batted in. Jose Garcia also had three hits including a double and an RBI. Montrell Marshall blasted his first home run of the season in the fourth inning and later added a run-scoring single. Fairchild had two hits including a double. Jeter Downs and Leandro Santana each added a run-scoring double.
After allowing the home run in the first, Orewiler gave the team five shutout innings. His final line including five and one-third innings with two hits and one run allowed. He walked two and struck out three. Tyler Buffett allowed two runs in an inning of relief, surrendering two hits and a walk. John Ghyzel worked a scoreless inning, allowing one hit.
The Dragons fell to 9-6 with the loss, dropping to third place in the Midwest League East Division. They are two games behind West Michigan and one-half game behind Lansing.
Up Next: The Dragons meet the Lugnuts in the second game of the four-game series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Packy Naughton (1-0, 2.60) will start for Dayton against Lansing’s Yennsy Diaz (1-0, 0.51).