Santana hits walk off double to lead Dragons over the Loons

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Dayton’s Leandro Santana lined a double over the head of the center fielder to bring in Jose Garcia from second base with the winning run with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Dragons defeated the Great Lakes Loons 4-3 on Tuesday night.  The win was the second straight in the series for the Dragons.  They will try for the sweep on Wednesday.  A crowd of 7,473 was in attendance on Tuesday.

The game was tied 2-2 after nine innings before Great Lakes scored one run in the top of the 10th to take the lead.  After pushing across the run, the Loons had a chance to add more.  They loaded the bases with one out and Dayton reliever Miguel Aguilar fell behind in the count 3-0 to Romer Cuadrado.  But Aguilar induced a double play on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning and keep the Dragons within one run.

By rule, the Dragons started the bottom of the 10th with a runner at second.  Garcia dropped a bunt to the side of the mound, but Loons reliever Yeison Cespedes threw wildly to first base, allowing the tying run to score and moving Garcia to second with no outs.  Jeter Downs popped up a bunt attempt for the first out, and Andy Sugilio drew an intentional walks.  Santana followed with a drive to center that easily got beyond the reach of Josh McLain to bring in Garcia and give the Dragons a 4-3 win. 

The victory was the Dragons fifth walk-off win of the year and their first since June 2nd.  The Dragons improved to 4-1 in extra inning games with a 3-0 record at home.

Great Lakes pushed across the game’s first run in the fourth inning and held that lead until the Dragons tied the game in the sixth.  The Dragons inning began with a base hit to left field by Jeter Downs, who eventually scored on a two-out triple by Malik Collymore.

The Dragons took the lead in the seventh when John Sansone led off the frame with a double to the left field fence, went to third on a wild pitch, and eventually scored on a wild pitch to put the Dragons in front, 2-1.  But Carlos Rincon blasted a game-tying home run for the Loons with two outs in the top of the eighth.

Dragons starting pitcher Andrew Jordan tossed six strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts.  Aguilar (1-0) worked two innings for the win, allowing one unearned run.

The Dragons finished with eight hits.  Sansone had two doubles.  Sugilio had his fourth straight two-hit game.  Downs also had two hits.

Up Next:  The Dragons (2-4, 33-41) and Loons (0-6, 24-50) close out the three-game series on Wednesday night at 7:00.  Reds 2017 first round draft pick Hunter Greene (1-6, 5.13) will start for Dayton against Andre Jackson (0-1, 3.03).

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