McGarry’s grand slam lifts Dragons past Loons

People sit social distanced during opening day for the Dayton Dragons at Day Air Ballpark in Dayton May 11, 2021. Contributed photo by E.L. Hubbard
People sit social distanced during opening day for the Dayton Dragons at Day Air Ballpark in Dayton May 11, 2021. Contributed photo by E.L. Hubbard

Credit: E.L. Hubbard

Credit: E.L. Hubbard

Alex McGarry hit a first inning grand slam home run and four Dayton pitchers combined to scatter six hits as the Dragons defeated the Great Lakes Loons 6-3 on Thursday night.  The win was the Dragons third straight in the series.

After being forced to overcome big, early deficits in the first two games of the series, the Dragons enjoyed a first-inning lead. After Jacob Hurtubise was hit by a pitch, Quincy McAfee singled, and Francisco Urbaez walked to load the bases, McGarry blasted a home run to right field to give the Dragons a 4-1 lead.

Great Lakes scored one run in the top of the fifth before the Dragons tallied one in the bottom of the same inning.  Urbaez singled to start the inning and went to third on a double by McGarry. Miguel Hernandez bounced a single over the head of the first baseman to bring in Urbaez and make it 5-2.  Great Lakes scored in the sixth to make it 5-3.

Dayton’s Michael Siani lined a two-out home run to right field in the seventh to extend the Dragons lead to 6-3. It was Siani’s first homer of the year.

Dragons starting pitcher Noah Davis worked four innings before coming out of the game with a pitch count of 82.  He allowed one run on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Sam Hellinger replaced Davis to start the fifth and work 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

Jacques Pucheu replaced Hellinger with a runner at third and two outs in the sixth and worked out of trouble before pitching a scoreless seventh and getting the first two outs in the eighth.  Braxton Roxby recorded the final four outs of the contest to earn his third save.  He struck out three.  Hellinger (1-0) was awarded the win.

The Dragons finished the night with 11 hits. McGarry, Hernandez, James Free, and Reniel Ozuna each had two. The Dragons stole five bases on the night, matching their season high. Hurtubise stole two bases, giving him 21 for the season. Hurtubise began the night just four stolen bases behind the national leader across all classifications of Minor League Baseball.

The Dragons (19-14) remained in first place with the win,1 1/2 games ahead of West Michigan in the East Division standings.

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