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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

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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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