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Dayton Dragons

July 11, 2024 – Midwest League (MWL)
Dayton Dragons press release

Thursday, July 11, 2024 l Game No. 18 (84)

Day Air Ballpark l Dayton, Ohio l 7:05 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WON

South Bend Cubs (5-12, 32-51) at Dayton Dragons (10-7, 44-39)

RH Sam Armstrong (3-3, 2.76) vs. RH Jose Franco (0-1, 4.00)

Game today: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) host the South Bend Cubs (affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) in the third game of a six-game series at Day Air Ballpark in the heart of the Water Street District. Season series between Dayton and South Bend: Dayton 2, South Bend 0.

Series: The Dragons are 10-4 in their last 14 games. They are 31-20 (.608) in their last 51 games (since May 12).

In the standings: The Dragons are tied with West Michigan at the top of the playoff spot in the second half of the East Division of the Midwest League.

Last game: Wednesday: Dayton 5, South Bend 4. The Dragons led 5-4 over the last four innings and were helped to the win by a shutout from Joseph Menefee and Simon Miller. South Bend took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Dragons finished the game with eight hits from eight players.

Current series (July 9-14 vs. South Bend): Dayton is 2-0 in the series.

Dayton team stats in the Series: .274 batting average (17 for 62); 5.0 runs/game (10 R, 2 G); 1 home run; 4 stolen bases; 2.00 ERA (18 IP, 4 ER); 0 errors.

Team notes

The Dragons’ ERA in their last five home games is 1.17 (46 IP, 6 ER).

The Dragons are 11-2 when their starting pitcher goes 6+ innings and 28-8 when the starter goes 5+.

The Dragons are 41-25 (.621) in night games and 3-14 (.176) in day games.

The Dragons rank first in Minor League Baseball (120 teams) in average attendance (8,042), ahead of second-place Indianapolis (8,026).

Player Notes

Dragons starter Ryan Cardona was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 1-7. Cardona made one appearance during the week, throwing six hitless, run-free innings against Lake County on Tuesday, allowing two walks and three strikeouts to earn the win.

Cardona followed that feat with five hitless innings against South Bend on Tuesday, July 9. In doing so, he became just the second pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball to have two consecutive starts of at least five innings without allowing a hit (thanks to the Reds’ Luke Henne for that note). Records on that feat are not readily available. In 2006, Dayton’s Johnny Cueto allowed no hits through five innings on May 13 and allowed just one hit in seven innings in his next start.

Dragons relief pitcher John Murphy in his last 13 appearances: 18 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 21 SO, 0.50 ERA.

Dragons starter TJ Sikkema in his last two appearances: 10 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO, 0.00 ERA.

Dragons relief pitcher Simon Miller in his first five appearances since being called up from Daytona: 9.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 11 SO, 0.00 ERA, 1 Sv.

Dragons relief pitcher Arij Fransen in his last three appearances: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0.00 ERA.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers (Game times are Dayton time) (All games on WONE 980 AM and www.daytondragons.com)

Friday, July 12 (7:05 p.m.): South Bend LH Drew Gray (0-4, 5.70) at Dayton LH TJ Sikkema (2-2, 3.51) TV: Dayton’s CW (26)

Saturday, July 13 (7:05 p.m.): South Bend RH Will Sanders (1-5, 4.91) at Dayton RH Gabriel Aguilera (1-3, 5.60) TV: Dayton’s CW (26)

Sunday, July 14 (1:05 ​​p.m.): South Bend RH Ty Johnson (0-3, 4.64) at Dayton RH Mason Pelio (no record)

Dragons ticket information: daytondragons.com/tickets Dragons 2024 schedule: milb.com/dayton/schedule

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