Morgan Lofstrom hit a home run and drove in four runs to lead the Dayton Dragons to a 7-3 defeat of the visiting Lake County Captains and a split of a doubleheader on Tuesday night at Fifth Third Field. The Dragons lost the first game 8-1.
In game two, Dragons starting pitcher James Marinan (2-5) tossed a seven-inning complete game to earn the victory. He allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts. It was the first complete game by a Dayton pitcher in just over a year, since Tyler Mondile pitched a one-hit shutout in the second game of a doubleheader vs. Great Lakes last May.
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The Dragons collected a season-high 13 hits in the second game. Lofstrom led the way, going 3 for 3 with a three-run home run and four RBIs. His homer gave the Dragons a 3-2 lead in the second inning before the Dragons added four more runs in the third.
Along with Lofstrom’s three hits, Brian Rey had two hits including a double. Juan Martinez and Jay Schuyler also had two hits for Dayton.
Lake County won the first game 8-1. The game began on April 14 and was suspended by rain in the second inning with no score.
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When the game resumed, Lake County scored two runs in the second inning, two more in the third, and three in the fourth to build a 7-1 lead. The Dragons scored in the third inning on a bases-loaded infield single by Mariel Bautista.
Dayton had nine hits including two each by Miguel Hernandez and Juan Martinez.
• Right-handed pitcher and former Mason High School standout Andrew McDonald on Wednesday was promoted to Dayton from extended spring training.
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McDonald was born in Dayton and resides in Mason. He played collegiately at Virginia Tech University and was taken in the ninth round of the 2018 draft by the Reds. As a senior at Mason in 2013 he was named Ohio’s Division I player of the year.
McDonald takes the place of Dragons pitcher Alexis Diaz, who was placed on the disabled list.
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• Prior to Tuesday’s games, the Dragons promoted infielder Dylan Harris and Moises Nova from Billings. Reliever Carlos Machorro was promoted to Daytona and outfielder/first baseman Shard Munroe was placed on the seven-day disabled list.
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