Wisconsin turned some good fortune into a 5-3 win over Dayton in the opener of a three-game series at Fifth Third Field Saturday night.
Wisconsin scored its first run in the first after a two-out walk, took advantage of a ball lost in the sun in third and used an overthrow in the eighth to send Dayton to 8-14 in the second half.
“Funky things happen,” Dragons manager Dick Schofield said. “It’s no one’s fault, it just happens. It’s funny how many little things happen in a game that affect the game.”
Dayton had battled back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning thanks to a 402-foot homer by James Vasquez in the fourth and Luis Gonzalez triple that scored Reydel Medina in the fifth. Gonzalez scored on a ground out by Zack Shields to give Dayton the lead.
It appeared the Dragons would hold the 3-2 margin the rest of the way, but Wisconsin scored three times in the eighth off Jesus Reyes, using the overthrow to advance its final run into scoring position.
“This is the first time in awhile that Reyes has had a rough outing, but I think everyone else went out and threw well,” Schofield said. “We were in it the whole time, we just didn’t pull it out.”
Senzel strong: Reds 2016 first-round draft pick Nick Senzel has made a quick adjustemt to Dayton.
Senzel entered Saturday’s game hitting .313 with six doubles and seven stolen bases in 12 games.
Stephenson improving: Since coming off the disabled list with a wrist injury, 2015 first-round Reds pick Tyler Stephenson has shown improvement.
Stephenson, who was hitting .160 prior to his DL stint, is hitting .300 in the first four games since his return to raise his average to .202.
Look familiar: The Dayton Dragons, and their fans, know all about South Bend’s Eloy Jimenez.
Jimenez grabbed the attention of the rest of baseball during the Futures game as part of All-Star week in San Diego.
Jimenez ripped a sixth-inning double to drive in the World’s first run, then he jumped over a railing down the right-field line and hung on to make a spectacular catch on a foul ball.