Dayton starting pitcher Scott Moss fired six shutout innings and reliever Dauri Moreta held off a West Michigan comeback bid as the Dragons defeated the Whitecaps 2-1 on Thursday night. The Dragons avoided elimination with the win and forced the decisive third game of the series at 7:00 p.m. today in Grand Rapids.
For the second straight night, the Dragons took a lead to the ninth inning, only to see West Michigan rally. The Dragons led 2-0 and brought in reliever Jesse Adams to start the inning. Adams struck out the first batter he faced before allowing a double and a walk to put the tying run at first base with one out. The runners advanced to second and third on an error by Adams on a pick-off throw to first base. Adams got Anthony Pereira to ground out to shortstop as a run scored to make it 2-1. Moreta entered the game for the Dragons with a runner at second and two outs and got Austin Athmann to fly out to center field to end the game.
Dayton took a 2-0 lead with a run in the first (Taylor Trammell RBI single) and the eighth (Randy Ventura RBI single).
Moss allowed three hits, one walk and struck out five.
Jose Siri, Cassidy Brown and Michael Beltre had two hits apiece for the Dragons.
Tony Santillan (9-8, 3.38) or Wennington Romero (5-10, 5.10) will start for Dayton against West Michigan’s Matt Manning (2-0, 5.60) in tonight’s third and deciding game. The winner of Friday’s game will advance to the second round of the playoffs and meet the Fort Wayne TinCaps starting Saturday, while the loser’s season will come to an end.