Davis, an 11th-round pick in 2018, has allowed three runs on two hits in two starts and owns a 2.70 ERA. He has struck out 16 and walked six. His previous pro experience was in the rookie leagues.
Dayton’s starters have a 3.24 ERA and kept the Dragons in every game. Moreno said Garman has taken a good professional approach to getting them ready.
“He comes to the ballpark 1, 2 o’clock and works with the kids in every aspect and try to get better,” Moreno said. “He’s doing a really good job with the pitching staff.”
On the downside, the pitchers have had little run support at Day Air Ballpark. The Dragons entered Wednesday’s game leading the Central League in home runs, batting average, slugging percentage and hits. But they left 12 runners on base in Tuesday’s 9-4 loss in 10 innings and managed only seven singles Wednesday and grounded into two double plays. Miguel Hernandez singled in two runs in the ninth.
The bullpen also had an off night. After Gilbert allowed three runs to score, two of which were charged to Davis. Sam Hellinger allowed four runs in two innings.
“Yesterday and today, especially today, we didn’t throw our first pitch for a strike,” Moreno said of the relievers. “They we were very disciplined and didn’t chase. And if you get down in the count and have to come back in, they’re going to make you pay.”
Lansing stung the Dragons for four doubles and a triple.
Moreno has a 30-minute rule after every game. He hopes the positive side of that rule will be in play Thursday night.
“When you win you celebrate for 30 minutes,” Moreno explained. “When you lose you think about it, make adjustments and come back tomorrow ready.”
Hitting streak: Dragons second baseman Brian Rey led off the first inning with a single to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He has played in all but one game and has a hit in each game, batting .345.
Next game: The Dragons will try to snap their two-game losing streak Thursday night against Lansing. Graham Ashcraft, ranked No. 28 in the Reds’ organization by Baseball America, will be the starting pitcher. Lansing will counter with Shohei Tomoika (2-0, 0.00 ERA).