Dayton got as close as 11-5 on a three-run homer by Chris Okey in the seventh, but the bullpen handed the three runs right back to Wisconsin.
“(Jose) Lopez has had some good starts, and this was not one of his best, and after that we didn’t pitch well,” Schofield said. “When you score to get back in it, you have to have a shutdown inning to get the momentum swing and that dwindles when you let them equal what you just did.”
The Dragons were also 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, leaving the bases loaded twice. On three occasions, they had a runner on third with less than two outs and didn’t cash in.
Hot and cold: Shed Long has watched his hot streak turn ice cold.
Long, who had a 10-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday, is 1-for-16 in the four games since the streak ended.
Over the last 32 games, Long is still hitting .328 with five home runs and 14 RBI to raise his average 30-points to .281.
Master thieves: The Dragons have stolen 26 bases in 15 games in July, four more than they did in June and 10 more than in April and May.
Long leads the Dragons with 14 stolen bases while Zack Shields and Brantley Bell each have 11.
Reds 2016 second overall pick Nick Senzel has seven in just 13 games.
Western woes: The Dragons fell to 4-13 against the Western Division with Sunday's loss.
Of the six teams from the Western Division the Dragons have faced, they have a winning record against just fifth-place Beloit (2-1).
Dayton was swept by Peoria and Clinton. Wisconsin can finish off a sweep today.
On deck: The Dragons close out the three-game set – and the home stand – with a 7 p.m. start against Wisconsin.
Tanner Rainey (2-7, 5.09) will face Thomas Jankins.
Jankins is looking for his first win since being called up after going 0-0 with a 3.09 ERA at short-season Helena.