Forget the movie theater, the latest edition of “The Hangover” was on view at Fifth Third Field on Wednesday.
The Dayton Dragons were defeated 11-1 by South Bend, a day after the Dragons lost a seven-run lead and the game to the Silverbacks. Dayton took four out of five at South Bend two weeks ago to start its best stretch of the season, but haven’t had the same magic in the first two against South Bend back at home. The Silverbacks won their 10th consecutive game and are in first place in the Midwest League Eastern Division with a 4.5 game lead.
“There was no effort,” Dayton manager Jose Nieves said. “I didn’t see anything good tonight at all. The pitching was bad, there was no intensity or sense of competition. It was just poor effort. It sounds pretty dramatic, but it was the reality. It’s not losing games, it’s how you lose them. Everything started to go haywire.”
Dayton starter Sal Romano gave up six earned runs and 10 hits before taking a line-drive off his foot in the sixth inning, sending the 6-foot-4, 250-pound native of Connecticut flipping off the mound on his back. Nieves said he suffered a bone bruise on his foot and might miss a start.
The Dragons threatened several times, but found runs elusive. Zach Vincej and Joe Terry reached on back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the sixth, but both were stranded. Joe Terry hit a triple in the bottom of the eighth. Jesse Winker followed with a long fly to right, but South Bend outfielder Socrates Brito was able to catch up to it on the warning track.
Roughed-up Romano: Romano came into Wednesday’s game looking for his fifth win, but was handed his fifth loss. After a strong opening stretch, he has given up four or more runs in three of his last five starts.
Welcome back, Wes: Wes Mugarian was assigned to Dayton on Wednesday from Bakersfield. Mugarian began the season with Dayton, making seven appearances in the bullpen going 0-0 with a 3.72 ERA. While in Bakersfield he made six appearances, going 1-0 with a 7.11 ERA.
Reliever Joe Housey was sent to extended spring training. Housey appeared in seven Dayton games, going 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA.
South Bend at Dayton, 7 p.m.
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