Brent Peterson didn’t even get a chance to get comfortable in Billings.
Peterson was demoted to Billings just before the all-star break, but injuries within the system kept him in Montana just four days.
“I was getting ready to get on the bus (for Billings’ first game) when they called me and told me I was coming back here,” Peterson said while relaxing in the Dragons clubhouse prior to Saturday’s game. “I had to pull all my bags off the bus before they could pull out and head back here.”
In 35 games with the Dragons in the first half of the season, Peterson hit .228 with six RBIs and 33 strike outs.
“They told me they were sending me down so I would get a chance to play more,” Peterson said. “Billings is a nice place, but nothing compares to Dayton right now.”
Playing sporadically has been the biggest adjustment for the Dragons’ infielder.
“I am getting more comfortable with not playing consistently,” Peterson said. “It is a big adjustment, but mentally you still have to prepare for every day.”
Amaral keeping it simple: It was an anomaly in the first half for outfielder Beau Amaral.
The left handed hitter was stroking lefties at a .397 clip, but hit just .176 against righties.
“I was trying to do too much,” Amaral said. “Now, I am just trying to put the ball on the ground and not trying to hit home runs and let other people drive me in.”
Through the first two games of the second half, Amaral was 3-for-7 against right-handers with two doubles.
“Physically, I didn’t change that much,” Amaral said. “Against righties, I just felt too comfortable and was trying to do too much.”
All about progress: Dragons manager Jose Nieves hates to lose as much as anyone, but his eyes are focused on a much bigger picture than the record.
“You can set goals,” Nieves said. “We can set goals about finishing over .500 or making the playoffs, but in the end it is all about how much these guys improve.”
The Dragons, off to a 0-2 start after finishing the first half 27-41, will look for improvement in almost every aspect of the game.
“We want to see how much the pitching improves at throwing other pitches for strikes, how our hitters improve in handling at-bats, how we do with an overall understanding of the game and situations… it is more than wins. We are looking to see how much they improve as players from the start of the year until the end.”
Talk about bloodlines: Lake County first baseman Joe Sever has some big lineage to live up to.
The Captains first baseman is the nephew of Super Bowl MVP quarterback John Elway.
Sever’s mom, Jana, is Elway’s sister.
Sever homered Friday night at Fifth Third.
Elway famously shunned being picked by the Baltimore Colts with the top-pick in the 1983 draft, noting he would continue his baseball career instead.
Elway played for Oneonta in the New York-Penn League in 1982, hitting .318.
On Deck: The Dragons kick off a three game series with Lansing at 4 p.m. today at Fifth Third Field. Ismael Guillon (3-6) is scheduled to make his first start of the second half for the home squad.