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Daal, Dragons Bullpen Key 6-4 Win over Captains

Eastlake, Ohio—Dayton’s Carlton Daal collected three hits, scored two runs, and drove in another while the Dragons bullpen tossed four and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief to defeat the Lake County Captains 6-4 on Sunday afternoon.  The win snapped the Dragons five-game losing streak and allowed them to remain in first place in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division.  The Dragons have a one-half game lead on both South Bend and West Michigan.
 
The Dragons scored two runs in the second inning to take an early lead.  Jamodrick McGruder’s run-scoring single keyed the inning.  But Lake County responded with four runs in the third, capped by a three-run home run to right field by Paul Hendrix as the Captains jumped ahead 4-2.
 
The Dragons tied the game in the fourth, taking advantage of two walks and a wild pitch along with an RBI double by Daal to knot the score at 4-4.
 
In the fifth, the Dragons got the lead.  Jeff Gelalich was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Tanner Rahier walked.  Phillip Ervin grounded into a double play as Gelalich advanced to third.  Gelalich then scored from third on a wild pitch to put Dayton ahead 5-4.  The Dragons closed out the scoring top of the ninth when Daal singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-4.
 
Dragons starting pitcher Amir Garrett worked the first four and one-third innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs with four walks and four strikeouts.
 
Zack Weiss (2-1) replaced Garrett with runners at second and third and one out in the fifth and worked out of the jam.  He then tossed three more innings without allowing a hit or run and was credited with the win.  Alejandro Chacin worked a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit with three strikeouts, to earn his second save.
 
The Dragons finished with only six hits but they walked seven times in the game.  Three Dragons runs scored on wild pitches and another scored on an error.
 
The win lifted the Dragons to 17-12 on the season.  They travel to Midland, Michigan to open a three-game series with the Great Lakes Loons on Monday at 6:35 p.m.  Nick Travieso (3-1, 1.55) will start for Dayton.  Great Lakes will counter with Greg Harris (2-2, 5.25).
 
All Dragons games can be heard on WONE Radio (980 AM) and via the internet at wone.com and through the Dragons Mobile App.Daal, Dragons Bullpen Key 6-4 Win over Captains

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