Dayton Dragons


Dragons strike out in bid for another playoff season

A few uniforms were hung on hangers in the mostly bare lockers inside the clubhouse at Fifth Third Field earlier this week. Some game equipment – mostly cracked bats and batting gloves – were strewn about. Some – not a lot – of trash littered the carpet. It was also quiet. The Dayton Boys of Summer were gone. Fifty-two played for the Dragons this season, 27 pitchers (plus two...
Dragons fall 6-2, officially eliminated from Midwest League playoffs

Dragons fall 6-2, officially eliminated from Midwest League playoffs

The Dayton Dragons’ slim playoff hopes were officially dashed Thursday night. The Dragons lost their third game in a row, falling to the West Michigan Whitecaps 6-2 in front of 7,899 fans at Fifth-Third Field. Dayton fell to 25-40 in the second half and 56-77 overall with five games remaining this season. The Dragons were seeking back-to-back playoff berths in the Midwest League Eastern Division...
Dragons infielder looking for major call-up

Dragons infielder looking for major call-up

Alejo Lopez sees the simplicity of hitting to be as black and white as he sees a pop up against a night sky. He came to bat in the third inning Sunday as a left-hander with the same approach as always: “It’s a super Pete Rose approach – see it, hit it. It’s not more than that.” Lopez lobbed a single over the third baseman’s head. “I’m pretty sure it...
Lugnuts continue season-long mastery of Dragons

Lugnuts continue season-long mastery of Dragons

The Dayton Dragons’ nemesis found a way to beat them in the late innings once again on Monday night. Lansing’s Ryan Noda doubled in the top of the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie as the Lugnuts beat the Dragons 3-1 in front of 8,472 fans at Fifth Third Field. »RELATED: Dragons broadcaster called up to the Reds With the win, the Lugnuts improved to 18-4 against the Dragons this season...
Dragons’ Nichols to join Reds broadcast booth for Tuesday’s game

Dragons’ Nichols to join Reds broadcast booth for Tuesday’s game

Tom Nichols is getting a one-day call-up to the big leagues. The longtime Dayton Dragons announcer will join the Cincinnati Reds radio broadcast against the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. Nichols, who has spent 31 years as a Minor League Baseball broadcaster, recently called his 4,000th minor league game earlier this month. The broadcast will be Nichols first...
Disappointing season, but Reds pleased with Dragons’ player development

Disappointing season, but Reds pleased with Dragons’ player development

No baseball season is a complete success or a complete failure, no matter where the team in question finishes. With a little more than a week to go in the regular season, only an incredible run would vault the current Dayton Dragons into the playoffs, where they made a run to the doorstep of the championship round for the first time last season. Now, in manager Luis Bolivar’s second year, the...
Second-half playoff hopes running out on Dragons

Second-half playoff hopes running out on Dragons

The Dayton Dragons have seven games left and the prospect of a Midwest League playoff berth is unlikely. The Dragons are in last place, have four teams to overcome and are 4.5 games out of the last available spot. But it’s no time for players trying to make an impression to stop trying to make an impression even if they realize their last game will be on Labor Day. Evaluations and reports to...
Dragons comeback bid falls short vs. Lake County

Dragons comeback bid falls short vs. Lake County

The Dayton Dragons have won with a lot of late-inning magic at home this season. Friday night’s game seemed destined for more. But the big hit — the one that would have made the Dragons a winner — and the little dash of luck that could have helped went poof. Not once, but twice. The Dragons had rallied from a five-run deficit in the middle innings to trail Lake County by a run. Then...
Reds top pick comes through for Dragons

Reds top pick comes through for Dragons

Jonathan India has been in a slump, and Thursday was his night to sign autographs for Dayton Dragons fans after the game. No worries about the timing. He gave the fans and himself something to talk and smile about while signing his name. His double in the sixth inning drove in the tying run and he later scored the winning run in a 5-4 victory over Lake County. “I’m struggling right now...
Back home, Dragons snap long losing skid

Back home, Dragons snap long losing skid

After the high-fives on the infield and the music was cranked up in the clubhouse, Luis Bolivar stood by the desk in his office with the only postgame smile he’s worn since Aug. 5. “Home, sweet, home — it’s nice to be back home,” he said. The Dragons were back at Fifth Third Field on Wednesday night after a 13-game road trip in which they lost 11 games including their...
Dayton Dragons broadcaster set to reach career milestone

Dayton Dragons broadcaster set to reach career milestone

Dayton Dragons broadcaster Tom Nichols will call his 4,000th career professional baseball game Wednesday night when the Dragons play the Lansing Lugnuts. Nichols, who also serves as Dayton’s Director of Media Relations, is in his 11th season as the voice of the Dragons. He began his career with the Indianapolis Indians in 1988. »PODCAST: Mike Hartsock talks to Tom Nichols Nichols has worked...
Back-to-back home runs power Dragons

Back-to-back home runs power Dragons

Jose Garcia and Reshard Munroe hit back-to-back home runs as part of a four-run fifth inning as the Dayton Dragons defeated the host West Michigan Whitecaps 5-3 on Sunday afternoon. The two teams have split the first two games of the three-game series. The Dragons took a 5-3 lead to the bottom of the ninth inning and held on for the win. John Ghyzel retired the first two batters before issuing a two-out...
Reds No. 1 draft pick and Dragons pitcher Hunter Greene out for season

Reds No. 1 draft pick and Dragons pitcher Hunter Greene out for season

Hunter Greene, the Cincinnati Reds’ fire-balling No. 1 draft choice in 2017, has been shut down for the remainder of the Dayton Dragons season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The Reds announced the surprise decision by Twitter late Friday afternoon. “Right now, it’s rehab and non-surgical at this point,” said Reds General Manager Nick Krall on...
Cincinnati Reds bolster bullpen, send out starter

Cincinnati Reds bolster bullpen, send out starter

The Cincinnati Reds called up right-handed reliever Jesus Reyes on Friday.  The former Dayton Dragon replaces starter Tyler Mahle, who was sent to Triple-A Louisville.  The move is likely a result of two things: The bullpen being gassed and the need to get back to using a five-man rotation.  Reds relievers logged 6.1 innings in a 10-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday night...
Minor-league baseball teaching moments abound

Minor-league baseball teaching moments abound

Three different players made a mess on the base paths in a game for the Dayton Dragons last week against Lansing, leaving manager Luis Bolivar in a quandary over what to do about it. This being low Class A minor-league baseball, every situation is a teaching moment. Sometimes, when you see one of the Reds make a bad move on the bases, you can connect the dots to what that player learned when he was...
Dragons nearly pull off comeback, fall 8-7 in series finale

Dragons nearly pull off comeback, fall 8-7 in series finale

The Dayton Dragons nearly pulled off a late-inning comeback for the second time in four games. Trailing the Lansing Lugnuts 8-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Dragons designated hitter Hendrik Clementina bashed a 409-foot home run to cap a five-run rally to pull his team within one run. Dayton was unable to pull even in its final at-bat, dropping its second straight game 8-7 in front of 7,786...
Six-run sixth inning lifts Lansing past Dragons, 8-3

Six-run sixth inning lifts Lansing past Dragons, 8-3

For five innings, Dayton Dragons starting pitcher Patrick McGuff did more than enough to give his team a chance to win. McGuff – who entered the game with a 1.80 earned run average and 13 strikeouts in 15 innings in his previous three starts since being signed as a free agent on July 9 – was strong for the fourth straight start against the Lansing Lugnuts on Monday night at Fifth Third...
Reds’ top pick from last month’s baseball draft joins Dragons

Reds’ top pick from last month’s baseball draft joins Dragons

Jonathan India is making quick work of the Reds minor league system in his first month as a pro. He’ll be in the starting lineup for the Dragons at Fifth Third Field on Monday night, his third team since signing a contract. Cincinnati’s top pick in last month’s draft, India started his career with the Reds rookie league team in Greeneville, Tennessee. After 14 games he moved to Billings...
Sceroler makes strong second impression for Dragons

Sceroler makes strong second impression for Dragons

Sometimes it takes moving backward a little bit to jump ahead, and Mac Sceroler is a good example of that. The right-hander starter the season with the Dayton Dragons but was sent back to extended spring training with an injury back in April. Sceroler was back at Fifth Third Field on Sunday and certainly made an impressive “second” impression, allowing only two hits in six shutout innings...
Clementina bright spot in rough night for Dragons

Clementina bright spot in rough night for Dragons

Hendrik Clementina made hitting look easy for most of the first half of the Midwest League season. He was hitting in the high .300s and among the leaders in home runs, RBIs and just about every other hitting category. Hitting felt so simple. Then his bat went silent. He entered Saturday night’s game with a .161 batting average since June 9. But Clementina began to hear good things against Lansing...
Dragons OF pounds grand slam as Dayton rallies to stun Fort Wayne, 8-6

Dragons OF pounds grand slam as Dayton rallies to stun Fort Wayne, 8-6

Dragons outfielder Lorenzo Cedrola was purchased by the parent-club Cincinnati Reds in an unusual swap: $1.5 million in international amateur signing bonus pool allocation. That’s a fancy way of saying the Red Sox unloaded the 21-year-old Venezuelan for another international prospect that Boston coveted more. “There’s a transition from the other organization to coming here, but it&rsquo...
Minor leagues a big adjustment on, off field for high school players

Minor leagues a big adjustment on, off field for high school players

Some of the best players ever to wear Dayton Dragons jerseys were here as teenagers. Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Homer Bailey, Wily Mo Pena, Taylor Trammell to name a few. Several have been on the current edition of the Dragons, including pitcher Hunter Greene – who turns 19 on Aug. 6 – and middle infielder Jeter Downs, who became a 20-year-old on July 27. »RELATED: Greene breaks Fifth...
Dragons’ Greene brings the heat, sets Fifth Third Field record for fastest pitch

Dragons’ Greene brings the heat, sets Fifth Third Field record for fastest pitch

Hunter Greene struck out four in two innings Thursday night and threw a stadium-record 102 mph fastball at Fifth Third Field. Then he left the game for no apparent reason. Was he hurt? Was he on a strict pitch limit? None of the above. Greene’s family is visiting from California so they enjoyed a big meal Wednesday night Greene figures he just ate a little too much. “I had wings last night...
Hamilton native McGuff impressive in first three starts with Dragons

Hamilton native McGuff impressive in first three starts with Dragons

Patrick McGuff remembers a temptation from his days as a batter that he uses to his advantage as a pitcher. “I was a hitter a long time ago,” he said, “but I still remember how good those high fastballs looked.” When a pitcher consistently throws the fastball where he intends, he will have success. And McGuff is doing that for the Dayton Dragons in three starts since he joined...

Hamilton grad impressive, but Dragons fall 1-0 in 10 innings

Hamilton High School graduate Patrick McGuff turned in another impressive outing for the Dayton Dragons on Thursday night, but that couldn’t prevent the host Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) from posting a 1-0 win in 10 innings. »KATZ: After the draft McGuff made his second start since being signed as a free agent from the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League. He pitched...
After the draft: Teams always on the lookout for the next best thing

After the draft: Teams always on the lookout for the next best thing

With the potential of 40 new players being signed by major league franchises every summer from the free agent draft – not counting international free agents mostly out of Venezuela and the Dominican Republic – it would seem franchises would have enough players to stock their teams. Think again. Attrition – including injuries, releases and other needs – create vacancies, especially...
Dragons drop series opener to Timber Rattlers

Dragons drop series opener to Timber Rattlers

The Dragons couldn’t overcome a big early deficit and dropped the opener of a three-game minor-league baseball series to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Appleton, Wisconsin, 6-4 on Wednesday night. Dayton trailed 6-1 before scoring three runs in the eighth inning to account for the final margin. Austin Orewiler (3-3), the Dragons starting pitcher, was tagged with the loss. He went six innings...
Cougars thump Dragons in series finale, 13-4

Cougars thump Dragons in series finale, 13-4

Dragons starting pitcher Adrian Rodriguez has a tough assignment: show he’s fully recovered from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. From Mexico and acquired by the parent-club Cincinnati Reds as a free agent in 2014, Rodriguez missed the last half of the 2016 season after being injured and all of last season. He had hoped to finish off vising Kane County (Diamondbacks) for a sweep at Fifth...
Reds prospects show their talents in Futures Game

Reds prospects show their talents in Futures Game

Dayton Dragons pitcher Hunter Greene topped 100 miles per hour on his first seven pitches in the Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. However, another Cincinnati Reds prospect, Taylor Trammell, overshadowed Greene by winning the Larry Doby Award, which goes to the game’s MVP. He’s the first Reds prospect to win the honor. Greene and Trammell played for the United...
Naughton’s scoreless inning streak ends, but Dragons still win

Naughton’s scoreless inning streak ends, but Dragons still win

The Dayton Dragons saved all of their offense for one inning Sunday at Fifth Third Field, but for the second day in a row it was enough to get a victory. The home team scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning to wipe out a 2-0 lead that Kane County had built in the top of the inning. The Dragons held on to beat the Cougars 5-3. »RELATED: Former Sinclair pitcher wins Dragons’...
Former Sinclair, Hamilton pitcher earns win in Dragons’ debut

Former Sinclair, Hamilton pitcher earns win in Dragons’ debut

Saturday was the successful start of a second chance for Patrick McGuff. The former Sinclair Community college pitcher threw off the Fifth Third Field mound for the first time. He felt the support of 15 family members and friends from Hamilton who were in the seats to witness his debut with the Dayton Dragons. McGuff’s start came after being released by the Minnesota Twins earlier this year...
Making rosters work just part of the minor-league formula

Making rosters work just part of the minor-league formula

There are almost 1,500 miles between Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Billings, Montana, and Dayton Dragons outfielder J.D. Williams traveled every one of them – twice – in a two-day period, even before the Dragons completed their three-game series against the West Michigan Whitecaps in mid-June. “I was tired,” Williams said, understandably. “It was tough. But I had three...
Dragons rally to defeat River Bandits 6-5 in 10 innings

Dragons rally to defeat River Bandits 6-5 in 10 innings

Dragons outfielder Malik Collymore could easily be mistaken as a standout in that other popular sport. “I was going to play football for my high school but ended up not playing,” said Collymore, who couldn’t shake a hip injury back home at Mississauga, Ontario, and grew to a thick 6 feet, 195 pounds. “My dad said don’t bother, just stick with baseball.” Good call...
Dragons fall to Quad Cities in game that features 9 errors

Dragons fall to Quad Cities in game that features 9 errors

When Malik Collymore lofted a fly ball into center field with two outs in the ninth inning Thursday night it appeared the game was over. But not before there would be two more errors. Quad Cities’ Logan Mattix dropped the easy out for an error, then threw wildly to first base as Collymore scrambled back. The throw went into the dugout for Mattix’s second error on the play and Collymore...

Frustrating effort for Dragons in loss to Quad Cities

Luis Bolivar is a positive, encouraging manager to his young ballplayers on the Dayton Dragons. He’s aggressive on the basepaths and he makes as many moves as he can to give his team a chance to win. But some nights try the patience of even the most patient of managers. Bolivar had reason to be frustrated Wednesday night when the Dragons lost 3-2 to the Quad Cities River Bandits. “We didn&rsquo...
Dayton Dragons starter runs scoreless innings streak to 22

Dayton Dragons starter runs scoreless innings streak to 22

Here’s a story about a Dayton Dragons pitcher not named Hunter Greene.  Packy Naughton is the hottest Dragons hurler after twirling eight shutout innings Monday night in a 5-0 win over the Great Lakes Loons.  That ran his scoreless-inning streak to 22.  The 2017 ninth-round pick out of Virginia Tech last allowed a run June 24.  Since then, he has struck out 17 and walked...
Hamilton grad and former Sinclair pitcher joins Dragons

Hamilton grad and former Sinclair pitcher joins Dragons

Hamilton High School graduate Patrick McGuff, who pitched for two seasons at Sinclair Community College, was added to the Dayton Dragons roster on Monday. Previously with the Minnesota Twins organization, the right-hander was acquired by the Cincinnati Reds from the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League and assigned to the Dragons. »RELATED: Dragons first baseman suspended 50...
Dragons first baseman hit with 50-game suspension for failed drug test

Dragons first baseman hit with 50-game suspension for failed drug test

The Dragons struck out in their first-half pursuit of a spot in the Class A Midwest League baseball postseason. If they’re to earn a second-half playoff berth, it’ll most likely be without All-Star Montrell Marshall. The first baseman on Saturday was hit with a 50-game suspension without pay following a second positive drug test. Drug testing and suspensions are conducted by Major League...
Loons rally to top Dragons

Loons rally to top Dragons

The Great Lakes Loons battled back from a four-run deficit to defeat the Dayton Dragons 7-5 at Dow Diamond on Sunday afternoon. The Loons have won two-of-three in the four-game series that will conclude on Monday night. The Dragons built a 4-0 lead in the first inning and continued to hold a 5-2 lead before Great Lakes scored three runs in the sixth to tie the game and two in the seventh to take the...
Dragons first baseman suspended 50 games

Dragons first baseman suspended 50 games

Dayton Dragons first baseman Montrell Marshall received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second positive drug test, Major League Baseball announced Saturday. The Dragons placed Marshall, a 12th-round draft pick in 2014, on the restricted list Thursday. He was hitting .181 in 65 games. Marshall, a first cousin of former Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, had a walk-off single in the Midwest...
Infielder Lopez chasing baseball dream with Dayton Dragons

Infielder Lopez chasing baseball dream with Dayton Dragons

Dayton Dragons infielder Alejo Lopez has been living like a grown-up since he was 14. That’s when he and his family decided his baseball dreams required him to leave his home in Mexico City for Canada. A group from a baseball academy in Calgary, Alberta, came to Mexico City to run a camp and saw Lopez play. They wanted a foreign player and invited him to come north. He spent a year and a half...
Dayton Dragons reliever ties Fifth Third Field record in first appearance with club

Dayton Dragons reliever ties Fifth Third Field record in first appearance with club

The Dayton Dragons made some adjustments to their roster Thursday, including adding a new fireballer to the pitching staff.  Aneurys Zabala was acquired by the Cincinnati Reds from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, and he showed almost immediately why he is a prospect.  Zabala tied the Fifth Third Field record when his fastball was clocked at 101 miles per hour in the fifth inning of...
Adjustments on the mound paying off for Dragons’ Naughton

Adjustments on the mound paying off for Dragons’ Naughton

Packy Naughton’s season as a starting pitcher for the Dayton Dragons had become a struggle of mechanics. Never a mental one. “Mental strength is a choice,” said the pitcher from Boston. “You can choose to go out there and be mentally weak and blame others and not work hard. Or you can roll up your sleeves and say I need to change something.” A change to his delivery has...
Reds prospect Greene pitches Dragons past Lake County

Reds prospect Greene pitches Dragons past Lake County

Hunter Greene struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed just two hits with no walks over seven shutout innings as the Dayton Dragons defeated the Lake County Captains 2-1 on Monday night.  Greene, the Cincinnati Reds first round draft pick in 2017, became the first Dayton pitcher to reach double-figures in strikeouts since Scott Moss struck out 11 last season. Greene threw just 69 pitches...
Collymore’s two-run double keys Dragons’ win

Collymore’s two-run double keys Dragons’ win

Malik Collymore’s two-run double broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning and Dayton pitchers Andrew Jordan and Austin Orewiler combined to scatter 11 hits as the Dragons defeated the South Bend Cubs 5-2 on Sunday afternoon. The win gave the Dragons a split of the four-game set in South Bend and lifted their second-half record to 5-6. South Bend took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second inning...
Focus, fun and a repeatable routine key to success for Reds prospect Hunter Greene in Dayton

Focus, fun and a repeatable routine key to success for Reds prospect Hunter Greene in Dayton

Hunter Greene’s improvement on the mound for the Dayton Dragons is no accident.  The No. 2 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds is learning more about how to be a professional pitcher every time he takes the ball for the team’s Single-A affiliate.  Just ask him.  “Just continue to have a routine and trust myself and trust my team and understand it&rsquo...
Hunter Greene strong again for Dayton Dragons

Hunter Greene strong again for Dayton Dragons

Hunter Greene’s hot streak continued Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field.  The 18-year-old pitcher allowed one run on three hits while striking out seven in six innings for the Dayton Dragons.  He threw 78 pitches, including 48 for strikes.  The outing against the Great Lakes Loons, a Single-A affiliate of the Dodgers, was his seventh in a row allowing two runs or fewer. ...
Walk-off win is Dragons’ second straight

Walk-off win is Dragons’ second straight

After dropping eight straight, the Dayton Dragons won their second in a row Tuesday night.  Dayton’s latest victory came with some extra-inning heroics courtesy of third baseman Leandro Santana, who hit a walk-off double to secure a 4-3 win for the Dragons over the Great Lakes Loons at Fifth Third Field. Batting cleanup in wake of Stuart Fairchild’s promotion to Daytona after the...
Dragons snap skid, record first win of second half

Dragons snap skid, record first win of second half

Four Dayton pitchers combined to allow five hits as the Dragons defeated the Great Lakes Loons 4-1 on Monday night as the Dragons earned their first win of the second half after four straight losses. The Dragons scored single runs in each of the first three innings to jump out to an early lead. In the bottom of the first, Jeter Downs walked with one out, went from first to third on Andy Sugilio&rsquo...
Hartman: Reds sweep Cubs, remind us all is not lost after all

Hartman: Reds sweep Cubs, remind us all is not lost after all

I’m pretty sure I stunned a friend last week when I told him I had expected the Reds to be around a .500 team this season.  He’s an Indians fan and a casual one at that, but it still seemed unimaginable this could have been a respectable team now given the way things started, right?  Well, they haven’t lost since, so I guess it’s nice not to seem totally crazy. ...
Dragons swept by Cubs; losing streak reaches eight games

Dragons swept by Cubs; losing streak reaches eight games

Dragons fans had few fleeting moments to cheer plays on the field in the opening four-game series of the Midwest League’s second half. It was no different for everyone in the dugout and on the field. Perhaps the most exciting of those moments happened in the second inning Sunday against the South Bend Cubs. The Dragons were already behind 3-0 when they had their biggest inning of the series...
Offense struggles as Dragons lose seventh straight game

Offense struggles as Dragons lose seventh straight game

Thick, juicy steaks were on the postgame menu Saturday night in the Dayton Dragons’ clubhouse. As good as that steak looked and smelled, Luis Bolivar would trade a good meal for a victory right now. His team isn’t hitting and it isn’t winning. “Just trying to figure out how to get the team going offensively,” Bolivar said as he sat at his desk waiting to devour that steak...
Dragons’ Greene on longest outing this season: ‘It’s the best I’ve felt’

Dragons’ Greene on longest outing this season: ‘It’s the best I’ve felt’

Hunter Greene looked like a pitcher who wasn’t ready to come out of the game Friday night. He was throwing fastballs in the high 90s and his 87th pitch induced a flyout to center. But Dayton Dragons manager Luis Bolivar walked to the mound and motioned for Cory Thompson to come in from the bullpen. Greene had reached his pitch limit mandated by the Reds’ player development team and left...
Collymore makes name for himself in return to Dragons

Collymore makes name for himself in return to Dragons

The guy without a name above the No. 6 on the back of his Dayton Dragons’ jersey Thursday night was Malik Collymore. The name wasn’t missing because he just got to town. He played here last year and wore that same number. “Turns out they lost it,” Collymore said of the jersey he wore last year. “Everyone was actually calling me Randy because they looked at the program...
Dayton Dragons past and present moving up in Reds organization

Dayton Dragons past and present moving up in Reds organization

The Dayton Dragons announced a handful of roster moves Thursday as the Cincinnati Reds promoted multiple prospects within the organization.  Outfielders Stuart Fairchild and Randy Ventura were promoted from Dayton, the Reds’ low Single-A affiliate, to Daytona, their advanced Single-A squad.  The Dragons also added pitchers Tyler Buffett and Dauri Moreta from Billings and outfielder...
How successful was the Dayton Dragons’ first half?

How successful was the Dayton Dragons’ first half?

The Dayton Dragons wrapped up the first half of the Midwest League season with an 8-0 loss to West Michigan on Sunday.  Let’s take a closer look at what’s been an up-and-down season so far for the Cincinnati Reds’ Single-A affiliate.  1. After losing their last four games, the Dragons finished with a record 31-37.  Dayton finished the first half in sixth place in the...
Dragons end first half of season with shutout loss

Dragons end first half of season with shutout loss

West Michigan pitchers Matt Manning and Clate Schmidt combined on a four-hit shutout as the Whitecaps defeated the Dayton Dragons 8-0 on Sunday afternoon. The Whitecaps completed a sweep of the three-game series with the Dragons in the final game of the first half. The Dragons finished the half with a record of 31-37. They finished in sixth place in the Midwest League East Division. West Michigan...
Dragons well represented in Midwest League All Star Game

Dragons well represented in Midwest League All Star Game

As the Midwest League enters All-Star game week – this year’s edition will be played in Lansing on Tuesday – it ‘s a good time to look over the list of Dayton Dragons participants. Five current Dragons have been chosen for this year’s game, but not the players you might think. It might be logical to assume outfielder Stuart Fairchild would be on the team as he was a second-round...
Pitching leads Dragons to second straight win over Cubs

Pitching leads Dragons to second straight win over Cubs

Four Dayton pitchers combined to scatter eight hits over the first six innings and then retire the final 10 batters of the game as the Dragons edged the South Bend Cubs 2-1 on Wednesday night. The Dragons will try to complete a road series sweep of the Cubs on Thursday. The Cubs stranded 10 runners over the first six innings and had men in scoring position in each of the six. South Bend was 2 for...
Greene, Dragons lose pitcher’s duel

Greene, Dragons lose pitcher’s duel

Dragons fans are used to seeing Hunter Greene bring the heat at Fifth Third Field, but the 18-year old turned up the thermostat a bit Saturday night. The Reds first round draft pick a year ago lit up the radar gun against Bowling Green. He threw several pitches that touched 100 miles an hour but it wasn’t enough to keep the Dragons from dropping a 1-0 pitcher’s duel. Greene, who consistently...
Dragons close to being eliminated from first-half playoff race

Dragons close to being eliminated from first-half playoff race

The Dayton Dragons could tie a new franchise record for most wins in a half season of play this weekend, but they could also be eliminated from the first-half playoff race as well. The latter seems more likely after Bowling Green rolled to an 11-4 win in the series opener at Fifth Third Field on Friday night. The game was delayed for 91 minutes before Dragons starter Tyler Mondile threw the first...
Five Dragons selected to play in Midwest League All Star Game

Five Dragons selected to play in Midwest League All Star Game

Dayton Dragons catcher and designated hitter Hendrik Clementina has been named an Eastern starter for the 54th annual Class A Midwest League All-Star Baseball Classic. The game will be held on Tuesday, June 19, at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing, Michigan, home of the Lugnuts. »RELATED: Green earns first win with Dragons Joining Clementina on the Eastern roster are four other Dragons: first...
Sports Today: Warriors assert dominance over Cavs in NBA Finals

Sports Today: Warriors assert dominance over Cavs in NBA Finals

Two games into the NBA Finals, now we know all we need to know about how the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors match up — at least in California.  The Cavs have been a lot better at home this postseason, and they are going to need to continue that trend to have any shot to take home the championship.  It probably still won’t be enough, but I’ve watched the NBA...
Hunter Greene earns first professional win as Dragons top Lugnuts

Hunter Greene earns first professional win as Dragons top Lugnuts

Hunter Greene earned the first win of his professional career, striking out eight in five innings while allowing one run as the Dayton Dragons beat the Lansing Lugnuts 11-8, at Fifth Third Field on Sunday. The start marked the fourth time in five starts Greene’s (1-3, 6.32 ERA) allowed fewer than one run. In that frame, he threw 21.2 innings. “It’s awesome to get my first pro win...
Dragons rally, snap long losing streak to Lansing

Dragons rally, snap long losing streak to Lansing

Stuart Fairchild didn’t go full-blown Babe Ruth and call his shot in the bottom of the ninth at Fifth Third Field on Saturday, but he might as well have. With the Dragons’ trailing by one, Fairchild walked to plate filled with confidence. “I had a feeling that I was going to hit a home run. Not gonna lie,” Fairchild said. His moonshot over the left-field wall traveled about...
Lugnuts explode late to hammer Dragons

Lugnuts explode late to hammer Dragons

When the Dayton Dragons lose, they lose big. In the club’s 26 losses this season, the team has a 7.47 ERA. The first-place Lansing Lugnuts (37-19) collected 19 hits (12 in the final three innings) to cruise to a 12-1 victory at Fifth Third Field on Friday night. Despite the lopsided score, the first half of the game was close, with Lansing leading 1-0 until twisting the screws on Dayton (27-26)...
Unherald Fairchild turning heads for Dragons

Unherald Fairchild turning heads for Dragons

Stuart Fairchild’s name didn’t command much fanfare during the 2017 MLB Draft. The Cincinnati Reds selected the Wake Forest product in the second round (38th overall), 36 spots after the organization took high school phenom Hunter Greene, and six picks after Dragons’ teammate Jeter Downs was selected. »HAL MCCOY: What should draft strategy should rebuilding Reds employ? »...
Man pleads guilty to passing dozens of fake $20s at Dragons game

Man pleads guilty to passing dozens of fake $20s at Dragons game

The Indiana man who federal prosecutors said passed dozens of counterfeit $20 bills at a Dayton Dragons game has pleaded guilty and could serve up to 21 months in prison. Kenneth Stopkotte, 53, entered his plea Thursday afternoon in Dayton’s U.S. District Court, according to court records. RELATED: Man indicted for passing fake $20s at Dragons game Stopkotte pleaded guilty to Count 2 of an indictment...
Tarp surfing: More Dragons rain delay antics

Tarp surfing: More Dragons rain delay antics

Someone wondered if Dragons players would surf on the field tarp during a long rain delay late Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field. They got their answer well into the second delay of a 7-0 deficit to the West Michigan Whitecaps. There were three hours and four minutes of two combined rain delays before the game was called. The game will resume at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Following its completion, the...
Dragons rain delay: Guarantee you haven’t seen this before

Dragons rain delay: Guarantee you haven’t seen this before

The Dayton Dragons resumed their game after a long rain delay Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field. Trailing the visiting Michigan Whitecaps 3-0 after four innings, Dragons pitcher Max Wotell allowed a one-out grand slam and the Whitecaps led, 7-0. Umpires stopped play after the fourth inning and tarp was laid over the infield, despite no rain at the time. That drew a major confrontation from Whitecaps...
Sports Today: Right decision for Reds to move Homer Bailey to the bullpen?

Sports Today: Right decision for Reds to move Homer Bailey to the bullpen?

There never ceases to be intrigue around Cincinnati Reds pitching.  The biggest news over the last 24 hours: Homer Bailey is probably headed to the bullpen.  The numbers make this an obvious and necessary move, but there are some caveats.  I’m no pitching coach, but I feel like this is something he can work out if he just gives it a shot.  Bailey has had his struggles...
Hunter Greene notches best outing of season for Dragons

Hunter Greene notches best outing of season for Dragons

Hunter Greene throws fast and works fast. And he’s learning fast. Greene went five innings for the Dayton Dragons for the first time Tuesday night because he pitched well and was able to stay under his pitch-count limit. Greene has made three good starts since May 12 and has produced a 3.24 ERA over his last four starts. “It’s fast,” Dragons manager Luis Bolivar said. &ldquo...
Sports Today: The surprisingly dramatic NBA playoffs

Sports Today: The surprisingly dramatic NBA playoffs

While I was at the latest edition of The Hunter Greene Show on Thursday night at Fifth Third Field, the Houston Rockets pushed the unbeatable* Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination in the NBA Western Conference Finals.  Judging from the box score, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were good while Steph Curry and Kevin Durant played below their admittedly high expectations.  With...
Dragons catcher Clementina gets front-row seat for Hunter Greene show

Dragons catcher Clementina gets front-row seat for Hunter Greene show

Hendrik Clementina gets to crouch behind the plate and catch 100 mph fastballs. That’s a rare and very cool thing. He’s been doing it since last summer with the Cincinnati Reds’ rookie league team in Billings, Mont. It carried over into spring training and into this summer with the Dayton Dragons. On Thursday night, Clementina was catching those hard-to-hit fastballs into the fifth...
Hunter Greene reaches another milestone in latest Dayton Dragons start

Hunter Greene reaches another milestone in latest Dayton Dragons start

Mark Thursday night as another step forward in Hunter Greene’s development.  Many, many steps remain, but the talent is tantalizing for the 2017 first-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds.  In his eighth start for the Dayton Dragons, the righty struck out six and walked two. He allowed four hits, including a home run with one out in the top of the fifth inning by Lake County’s Tyler...
Dragons’ Mondile learning to become pitcher, not thrower

Dragons’ Mondile learning to become pitcher, not thrower

Tyler Mondile knows he was just a thrower in high school, striking out overmatched batters with 90-plus mph fastballs and off-speed pitches they couldn’t time. Last summer in Billings, Mont., on the Reds’ rookie league team his approach was similar. When he missed his spot it didn’t matter too much if it was in the middle of the plate. But it didn’t take long in the Midwest...
Another walk-off winner by Downs leads Dragons to doubleheader split

Another walk-off winner by Downs leads Dragons to doubleheader split

Jeter Downs is the walk-off king. And he’s pretty good at leading off, too. Downs singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday to lift the Dayton Dragons to a 5-4 victory over Lake County in the completion of a game suspended in the fifth inning Monday night because of rain. It was Downs’ third walk-off winner this season. “He proved it again in those situations...
Dragons series opener suspended, will resume today

Dragons series opener suspended, will resume today

Dayton’s series opener with visiting Lake County was suspended Monday night because of rain with the score tied 2-2 in the middle of the fifth inning. The game will resume Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Fifth Third Field with the Dragons batting in the bottom of the fifth. The gates will open at 5:30. After that nine-inning game is completed, the teams will play a seven-inning game. Lake County (19-24)...
Sports Today: Have the Cavaliers figured out the Celtics?

Sports Today: Have the Cavaliers figured out the Celtics?

The NBA Silver Medal Series is now a best of three with the Cleveland Cavaliers winning game four of the Eastern Conference Finals 111-102 over Boston on Monday night.  The Celtics never recovered from an abysmal first quarter, though this was the rare NBA game in which the team losing in the second half didn’t quit, so that’s something.  Whether or not that means coach...
Marshall making up for lost time with Dragons

Marshall making up for lost time with Dragons

At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Montrell Marshall’s size plays a big role in his success on the field, but it also kept the Dayton Dragons first baseman off the field for a while. Marshall missed his entire senior season in high school after suffering a fractured vertebrae in his back caused by a growth spurt. »RELATED: Prospect to resume baseball activity »RELATED: Votto weighs in on Reds&rsquo...
Late start to season doesn’t slow Dragons’ right-hander Jordan

Late start to season doesn’t slow Dragons’ right-hander Jordan

For a team as streaky as the Dayton Dragons, pitcher Andrew Jordan may just be the remedy that steadies the club’s rotation. Jordan, who stayed in Arizona after Spring Training with a strained forearm, made his second start for the Dragons and threw five stellar innings in the Dragons’ 5-3 win against the Great Lakes Loons at Fifth Third Field on Saturday night. »RELATED: Dragons...
Greene struggles, Mondile pitches gem as Dragons split doubleheader

Greene struggles, Mondile pitches gem as Dragons split doubleheader

At 18 years old, Hunter Greene is playing his first full season of professional baseball. As is the case with young players, there’s going to be hiccups. Six days after Greene notched the best start of his Dragons’ career, the right-hander struggled through 3 1/3 innings as Dayton lost the first game of a doubleheader to the Great Lakes Loons 9-4 at Fifth Third Field on Friday. »...
Former Dragon shortstop Rosales a success story in major leagues

Former Dragon shortstop Rosales a success story in major leagues

In the summer of 2005, Adam Rosales was a 12th-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Reds, which may sound like a highly coveted player to you and me, but in the world of baseball’s draft, Rosales was just another guy. While plenty of players not drafted in the first 10 rounds make the major leagues, the success stories are fewer than those guys who were drafted closer to the top. »MCCOY...
Sports Today: What a difference a week makes for suddenly sizzling Cincinnati Reds

Sports Today: What a difference a week makes for suddenly sizzling Cincinnati Reds

What a difference a week makes — again.  The Cincinnati Reds beat the Dodgers 5-3 Sunday in Southern California.  That sentence alone would be surprising to anyone very familiar with the recent history of the Reds, but it is just the tip of the iceberg.  The victory completed an improbable four-game sweep of the defending National League champions and ran Cincinnati&rsquo...
Reds top pick Greene notches best outing of season for Dragons

Reds top pick Greene notches best outing of season for Dragons

Hunter Greene won’t look to the past. The 18-year-old phenom doesn’t have time for reminiscing. Just over a year ago, Greene appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated alongside a headline declaring him as the game’s best next prospect. »RELATED: Mondile, Dragons fall to Peoria »RELATED: Schebler’s bomb leads Reds to 5th straight win From there, Greene was drafted...
Mondile, Dragons fall to Peoria

Mondile, Dragons fall to Peoria

Fastballs, velocity, arm angles and release points all matter to pitchers, while perhaps, something as simple as breathing can be an afterthought. Not to Dragons’ starting pitcher Tyler Mondile, though. The 20-year-old right-hander doesn’t take this basic human function for granted, attributing his breathing techniques in helping him record the best start of his Dragons’ career,...
Dragons falls to Chiefs in series opener, 5-2

Dragons falls to Chiefs in series opener, 5-2

Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton is big on history and tradition. That’s a given when you’re an alum of the oldest school in the country. A Massachusetts native, the left-hander initially excelled at Boston Latin School. Classes began there in 1635 when big buckles and smooth bore weapons were the rage. He grew up embracing a steep learning curve. “It’s a learning experience...
Sports Today: It’s a guard, guard world for Dayton basketball (and everyone else)

Sports Today: It’s a guard, guard world for Dayton basketball (and everyone else)

For all the stuff we talk about every day in the sports world, games pretty much always come down to who has the ball in their hands.  That’s what we’re focusing on today thanks to Anthony Grant opening up to David Jablonski about his emphasis on building backcourt depth for the future of Dayton basketball.  Not only are the Flyers scheduled to be deep in the backcourt in two...
Dayton Dragons sweep Cedar Rapids

Dayton Dragons sweep Cedar Rapids

Adrian Rodriguez missed a season and a half of baseball because of Tommy John surgery. He ran and lifted weights to stay in shape while his right elbow recovered. But he never stopped thinking about pitching and how badly he wanted to get batters out. “The mental side is inside me,” Rodriguez said through translator and teammate Narciso Crook. That mental side and that healthy elbow have...
Fan favorite ‘Little Crook’ helps Dragons to 13th comeback victory

Fan favorite ‘Little Crook’ helps Dragons to 13th comeback victory

Narciso Crook brought joy to everything he touched Tuesday night at Fifth Third Field. Every Dayton Dragons fan cheered his go-ahead, three-run double in the seventh inning of another come-from-behind victory. But the handful of little boys who brought their green Dragons hats, ballgloves and baseballs to the corner of the dugout after the game and asked for autographs felt more joy than anyone. Crook...
Hartman: Reds Triple-A affiliate planning the best team promotion - ever

Hartman: Reds Triple-A affiliate planning the best team promotion - ever

I haven’t seen every special promotion ever held by a professional baseball team, but I am having a hard time imagining one better than one the Louisville Bats have planned for later this month.  On May 26, the Cincinnati Reds’ Triple-A affiliate will be known as the Louisville Mashers instead of the Bats.  What’s a masher? It could be a baseball player on a hot streak...
Dragons’ Garcia hopes to heat up as temperatures rise

Dragons’ Garcia hopes to heat up as temperatures rise

Jose Garcia says he’s thankful to be playing baseball in the United States and to have enough money to help his family in Cuba. But there’s one thing he wasn’t so sure about during his first month with the Dayton Dragons. “The toughest thing is the cold weather,” Garcia said through translator and teammate Narciso Crook. “I’ve never had to experience that...
Cincinnati Reds: Hunter Greene’s next Dayton Dragons start is being skipped

Cincinnati Reds: Hunter Greene’s next Dayton Dragons start is being skipped

Cincinnati Reds fans wanting to see Hunter Greene pitch in Dayton again are going to have to wait an extra few days.  The Dragons announced Monday afternoon the 2017 first-round pick’s next scheduled will be May 12.  His scheduled Tuesday night start will be skipped, “for the purpose of keeping his total number of pitches for the season below a desired number.”  The...
Sports Today: Reds fall flat after first winning week

Sports Today: Reds fall flat after first winning week

Well, that was fun while it lasted.  The Cincinnati Reds followed their first winning week of the season by getting swept by the Brewers and dropping two of three to a Marlins team that isn’t trying to win this season.  Not a great look, even for a bad team.  It’s tempting to say the past seven days were the most disappointing of 2018 so far, but of course they&rsquo...
Clinton rallies to snap Dragons’ six-game winning streak

Clinton rallies to snap Dragons’ six-game winning streak

Clinton’s Jack Larsen belted a walk-off home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning as the Lumber Kings battled back from a four-run deficit and defeated the Dayton Dragons 9-8 on Sunday afternoon. The loss snapped the Dragons six-game winning streak and ended their bid for a perfect road trip. They finished their six-game Western Division swing with a 5-1 record. The Dragons led 8-4...
Dragons top Lumber Kings for sixth straight win

Dragons top Lumber Kings for sixth straight win

Dayton hit three home runs in the fourth inning and starting pitcher Packy Naughton tossed seven strong frames as the Dragons defeated the Clinton Lumber Kings 9-5 on Saturday night. The Dragons have won six straight games and will try to complete a perfect road trip on Sunday afternoon. The Dragons trailed 2-1 through three innings before they exploded with six runs in the fourth. Hendrik Clementina...
Clementina goes deep twice, Dragons up win streak to five games

Clementina goes deep twice, Dragons up win streak to five games

Hendrik Clementina hit two home runs and starter Adrian Rodriguez tossed six scoreless innings as the Dayton Dragons held off a furious Clinton comeback effort to defeat the Lumber Kings 8-7 on Friday night. The win was the Dragons fifth straight and improved their record on their current road trip to 4-0. Rodriguez, in his first game since July 29, 2016, returned to action after battling back from...
Dragons sweep Burlington, extend winning streak to four games

Dragons sweep Burlington, extend winning streak to four games

Michael Beltre hit a home run and scored three runs and Montrell Marshall drove in three runs for the second straight day as the Dayton Dragons defeated the Burlington Bees 8-4 on Thursday afternoon. The Dragons swept the three-game series in Burlington and extended their winning streak to four straight games. »RELATED: Greene struggles in fifth start The win was the 11th comeback victory of...
Hunter Greene endures another rough outing in fifth start for Dayton Dragons

Hunter Greene endures another rough outing in fifth start for Dayton Dragons

Hunter Greene’s pro baseball education continued Thursday with another short outing for the Dayton Dragons.  Facing the Burlington Bees, the young righty retired five batters on the afternoon before being removed with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the second.  In his fifth start of the season, Greene allowed two runs on three hits and walked four Bees, lowering his...
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