Dragons take seven-game losing streak into break

Pregame fun at the Dayton Dragons game at Day Air Ballpark Wednesday night April 20, 2022. MARSHALL GORBY \STAFF

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Pregame fun at the Dayton Dragons game at Day Air Ballpark Wednesday night April 20, 2022. MARSHALL GORBY \STAFF

The Lake County Captains scored three runs in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie and went on to defeat the Dayton Dragons 5-2 on Saturday night. Sunday’s series finale was rained out.

The Dragons suffered their seventh straight loss, marking their longest losing streak since they lost eight straight games in August of 2018. The Dragons fell to 5-14 in the second half and 44-41 overall. Lake County improved to 11-8 (46-39).

Dragons starting pitcher Thomas Farr pitched into the sixth inning with the game still scoreless but gave up three hits, including a two-out, two-run home run in that inning as Lake County took a 3-0 lead.

The Dragons scored two runs in the eighth and were in position to tie or take the lead. J.V. Martinez opened the inning with his fourth home run of the season to make it 3-1. Austin Hendrick blooped a double to center field and went to third on a balk. Ruben Ibarra battled through a long at-bat, working a walk to put the go-ahead run on base with no one out. Tyler Callihan followed with a single to drive in Hendrick and make it 3-2 as pinch runner Ashton Creal raced around to third. Justice Thompson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no one out. But Garrett Wolforth struck out for the first out, and Jonathan Willems lined out to right fielder Alexfri Planez, who then threw out Creal at the plate for a double play to end the inning.

Dragons reliever Jake Stevenson allowed three hits, a walk, and two runs in the bottom of the eighth as Lake County again extended their lead to three runs, and the Dragons were retired in order in the ninth.

Dayton finished with nine hits. Martinez led the way, going 2 for 5 with a home run. Hendrick and Willems each had two hits. Wolforth drew three walks in the game.

The Dragons are off until Friday in accordance with the Major League all-star break. They open a three-game series at Day Air Ballpark against Fort Wayne.

FRIDAY”S GAME

Fort Wayne at Dayton, 7:05 p.m., 980