Dragons’ Moss first in Midwest League to 10 wins

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Dragons’ Moss first in Midwest League to 10 wins

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Cassidy Brown scores one of the Dayton Dragons’ runs in a 12-5 Midwest League defeat of the Fort Wayne TinCaps at Fifth Third Field on Friday night. EMILY BRATTON / CONTRIBUTED

It may not have been vintage Scott Moss, but it was enough.

The Dragons’ lefty from the University of Florida became the first Midwest League pitcher to double-digit wins Friday night, grinding out five innings in a 12-5 defeat of Fort Wayne at Fifth Third Field.

Moss, who pushed his record to 10-3, gave up four hits and three runs while walking four. He also struck out four to push his MWL lead to 107.

Fort Wayne (7-2 in the second half) got to Moss for a two-run home run in the first inning, but the Dragons gave him plenty of breathing room in the second and third.

Dayton (3-6) took the lead for good, 4-2, on a three-run double by Shane Mardirosian in the second before hanging seven on the board in the third with six Dragons recording RBIs.

Fort Wayne tried to chip its way back against the Dragons bullpen, scoring once in the fifth and twice in the sixth.

Strange trip: The Dragons are coming off a strange trip to West Michigan.

Dayton pitchers allowed seven runs in the series, including four within the regulation nine innings, but Dayton went 1-3 in those games.

The Dragons lost 1-0 in 11-innings, 3-2 in 12-innings and 3-0 in the series.

The staff finished with a 1.12 ERA in the series.

Not so fast: The four newest members of the Dragons are off to less than a sizzling start.

Malik Collymore, Kevin Franklin, Mardirosian and Gabriel Ovalie are hitting a combined .145 (8 for 55).

Collymore has the highest average of the additions since the All-Star break at .182 while Ovalie is hitting .071.

Old before new: The Cincinnati Red Stockings will square off with the Eastwood Iron Horses in the Vintage Baseball Classic at Fifth Third at 5:30 p.m. today prior to the Dragons game.

Vintage baseball is an exact re-creation of the game as it was played in the 1860’. Games are played by the rules of that era and players wear the uniforms and use the equipment of the time period.

Players from the vintage teams will make their way around Fifth Third Field during the Dragons game to interact with fans and take pictures.

Dragons tales

• Outfielder Jose Siri was named MWL player of the week for June 19-25. He batted .444 with three home runs during the stretch.

For the year, the Dominican Republic native is hitting .275 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs and is second in the MWL in stolen bases with 23.

• When Jackson Stephens takes the mound for the Cincinnati Reds against the Chicago Cubs at 4:10 p.m. today he will become the 88th former Dragon to make it to the majors.

Stephens, who will be making his major-league debut, was 4-4 at Louisville with a 4.44 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 14 starts.

Stephens pitched for the Dragons in 2013 and 2014.

• The Dragons added right-hander pitcher Alfredo Mena to the roster prior to the series opener.

Mena had been at rookie-level Billings to begin the season.

• The Dragons and TinCaps meet for the second game of the four-game set at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third. Arlington, Texas native Tony Santillan takes a 4-3 mark with a 2.85 ERA into the game for the Dragons.

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