Dayton Dragons home opener one of the coldest at Fifth Third Field

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. 

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Zabala tied the Fifth Third Field record when his fastball was clocked at 101 miles per hour in the fifth inning of a game against Lake County on Thursday night.

That’s a mark also reached by former Reds closer Aroldis Chapman and current Dragons starter Hunter Greene

Zabala (who also hit triple digits while pitching against the Dragons earlier in the season) may have great stuff, but he’s still just a prospect for a reason. 

The 21-year-old was also touched for the eventual game-winning two-run home run by Nolan Jones before his inning of work was complete. 

Zabala’s record fell to 2-3 on the season. He has an ERA of 5.21 with 32 strikeouts and 25 walks in 38 innings. 

Another new addition, Lorenzo Cedrola, brought the Dragons to within a run with an RBI single in the sixth Thursday night, but the Captains held on for a 5-4 win. 

Zabala replaced Andrew Jordan, who was promoted to advanced-A Daytona. 

Austin Orewiler is set to take Jordan’s spot in the starting rotation Friday night against the Great Lakes Loons in Midland, Mich. 

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