In weather fit for neither man, beast nor Dayton Dragon, Bowling Green came to town Friday and showcased why its parent club, the Tampa Bay Rays, has one of the deepest farm systems in baseball.
Sporting a lineup that can hit and a rotation that can pitch, the Hot Rods beat Dayton 5-2 in 40-degree temperatures, gusty winds and overcast skies. The game was the first of a three-game series for Dayton after coming home from a three-game trip to Lake County.
Dayton’s big regret came in the third inning. One of the better fielding teams in the league statistically, the Dragons had three errors, which led to three runs for Bowling Green. The Hot Rods added runs in the sixth and the eighth.
Starter Sal Romano took the loss after pitching 4 1/3 innings — despite allowing no earned runs. He struck out one, walked two and allowed seven hits.
“He is a sinkerballer type of guy,” Dayton manager Jose Nieves said. “He throws a lot of ground balls and he makes the fielders work. Maybe we didn’t anticipate that and that was the result of the game.”
Dayton got to Bowling Green starter Dylan Floro in the fourth. Jesse Winker doubled off the top of the wall in left on an opposite-field shot. Seth Meijas-Brean drove him in with a single. Junior Arias singled to drive in another run, and Dayton ended a streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings by Bowling Green starters since last Sunday.
New faces: Dayton lost three players at the beginning of the week due to injury — first baseman Carlos Sanchez, catcher Nick O’Shea and pitcher Mo Wiley.
Tanner Rahier, a second-round pick in 2012, was called up and played third base Thursday. He was 0-for-4 with an error on the first play of Friday’s game. Pedro Diaz, a 19-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, was brought in to bulk up the bullpen. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run and three hits while striking out one. Also called up was reliever Bennett Klimesh, a 15th-round pick in 2012.
“They come in during a tough situation,” Nieves said. “But in baseball you never know what’s going to happen. The situation is tough, but they better be ready to play.”
On TV: Tonight’s Dragons game against Bowling Green will be televised on Ch. 7.2, Time Warner 23 and Time Warner Digital 372.
Bowling Green at Dayton, 7:07 p.m.,
980-AM; Ch. 7.2 TWC 23/372