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, but the Dragons responded with two in the third to tie. J.D. Williams led off the Dayton third with a triple to right-center field, and Mitch Piatnik drove him in with an infield single. Piatnik stole second and third, and scored on Jose Garcia’s single through the middle to make it 2-2.
The Dragons broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the sixth inning. Garcia lined a double to the fence in left to start the rally, and Montrell Marshall’s ground out to second base moved Garcia to third. Jeter Downs walked and stole second. After Leandro Santana struck out, Collymore lined a double to the left field fence to bring in Garcia and Downs and give the Dragons a 4-2 lead. Hendrik Clementina followed with a single to center field to score Collymore and make it 5-2.
Orewiler replaced Jordan to start the bottom of the sixth inning and held the Cubs scoreless the rest of the way to earn his second save. Orewiler allowed five hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Jordan (2-3) earned the win. He worked five innings, allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
The Dragons collected nine hits on the day. Collymore was 2 for 4 with two RBI as he extended his hitting streak to eight straight games. Williams had two hits including the triple. Garcia also had two hits and has hit in five straight games.
The Dragons have won five of their last seven games and have establish an offensive attack. After going 17 straight games scoring four runs or less, they have now scored five or more in four of their last five including two games with at least 11 runs.
Up Next: The Dragons (5-6, 36-43) travel to Eastlake, Ohio to open a short two-game set against the Lake County Captains (3-7, 32-48) on Monday night at 7:00. Hunter Greene (2-6, 4.73) will start for Dayton against Lake County’s Kirk McCarty (1-7, 5.57).
The next Dragons home game is July 4th at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field against the Lake County Captains. An on-field fireworks show will follow the game. For Dragons 2018 ticket information, call (937) 228-2287.