Sunday’s game between the Dayton Dragons (3-7) and the Lake County Captains (7-3) was suspended in the top of the second inning after a two-and-and-half hour delay on the final day of a three-game series.
The game will be resumed the next time the Captains visit Dayton for a four-game series May 20-23. The game will be completed as a nine-inning game followed by a seven-inning game on a day to be determined. The game is scoreless with the Captains batting and runners on first and second with one out.
Rain began falling lightly in the top of the second inning, but it quickly turned into a downpour to force a delay at 2:32 p.m. The rain created puddles behind home plate in in the outfield just beyond the infield tarp. A little over an hour after the delay began and the puddles drained, the grounds crew began rolling up the tarp.
Rain was not falling when the umpires suspended the game at 5:02, but weather radar indicated another storm was on the way. Rain came again 16 minutes later.
Jared Solomon started for the Dragons. He walked two with two out in the first inning but ended the inning with a strikeout. He hit the leadoff batter in the second and walked the next one before getting a strikeout.
Saturday’s game: The Dragons surrendered five runs to the Captains after two were out in the fourth inning in a 6-2 loss. Marcos Gonzalez’s two-run homer gave the Captains the lead. Tyler Freeman added a two-run double later in the fourth. Michael Siani led the Dragons with two hits. Pabel Mazanero had an RBI single.
Munroe streak ends: Dragons outfielder Shard Munroe’s hitting streak ended at five games Saturday. He entered the game in the ninth as a pinch-hitter and popped out. Munroe had most of the night off after a three-hit, three-RBI game in Friday’s 10-3 win over Lake County. Munroe was back in left field Sunday and entered the game batting .400 over his past six games and .348 for the season. Munroe batted .313 in 99 at-bats at rookie-level Billings in the Pioneer League last season before being promoted to Dayton. He batted .192 in 99 at-bats for the Dragons.
Speedy Siani: The Dragons have a speedster in leadoff hitter and center fielder Michael Siani. He entered Sunday as the Midwest League leader with seven stolen bases. He’s stolen five bases in the past three games. On Thursday at Fort Wayne, Siani became the first Dragon to steal three bases in a game since Jose Siri in 2017. Siani is batting .257 with an on-base percentage of .366.
Roster move: The Dragons activated catcher Ernesto Liberatore from the injured list Sunday. The Dragons are now carrying three catchers. Manzanero started Sunday’s game, while Jay Schuyler was the designated hitter. To make room for Liberatore, the Dragons assigned left-handed pitcher Jerry D’Andrea to Billings. D’Andrea, who was promoted to Dayton on Friday from extended spring training, pitched the final two innings Saturday night, allowing on one run on two hits. He struck out six.
Next up: The Dragons begin a three-game series with Fort Wayne on Monday. All three games begin at 7 p.m. Starting pitchers for the Dragons will be Jacob Heatherly (0-1, 12.27 ERA), Jhon De Jesus (1-0, 0.00) and James Marinan (0-1, 5.00).
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