Manzanero has been a heavyweight hitter for the Dragons this season, especially in the second half in which the Dragons are now 10-13 and in the playoff chase. He’s batting .341 (.422 the past 11 games), slugging .580 and leading the league in the second half with 14 extra-base hits, 10 doubles and 15 RBIs.
“He comes through in big situations and is one of the leaders on the team,” Bolivar said. “I’m very happy for him and his progress.”
The bases-loaded situation has not been kind to the Dragons this season. They entered the game batting .188 with the bases loaded with only three extra-base hits.
But on Sunday the Dragons made the most of that situation. Trailing 6-2 in the fifth, Bren Spillane walked with the bases loaded, Manzanero singled in a run with the bases loaded and Claudio Finol scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. And then Manzanero hit the bases-loaded triple in the sixth.
The road to Dayton has been long for Manzanero, who signed with the Reds as a 16-year-old in 2012 out of Venezuela. He played three season for the Reds affiliate in the Dominican Summer League, one season in the rookie Arizona League and the past two seasons with the rookie league team in Billings, Montana.
“I want to progress,” he said. “But I’m here, and I gotta do my job here.”
Saturday's game: Alexis Diaz, Carlos Machorro and Matt Pidich combined on a six-hitter to lead the Dragons to a 3-0 victory over Beloit. The Dragons needed only three hits in their fourth shutout victory. The Dragons scored two unearned runs in the first off a grounder by Brian Rey. The third run came in the fourth on a double play. Diaz (7-4) allowed two hits in five innings. Pidich pitched the ninth for his third save.
Coming up: Dayton concludes its three-game series with Beloit at 7 p.m. Monday. Eduardo Salazar (4-1, 4.58 ERA) will start for the Dragons. The Dragons start a six-game road trip Wednesday and return home July 24.
Beloit at Dayton, 7 p.m., 980