Dragons tales: Though Jose Siri's hitting streak got attention in the last two weeks, almost all other batters in the lineup have struggled to hit. The team has hit .214 through the first five games of the seven-game homestand, and three players are hitting below .190 in their last 15 games.
Ventura could help improve the Dragons’ offense as the team prepares for the playoffs, which begin Sept. 6. Aside from his near-.300 average, he led Rome with 29 stolen bases and was second in runs scored (46).
“He seems like a pretty good kid,” Dragons manager Luis Bolivar said. “I talked to his manager (veteran minor league manager Randy Ingle), and he said he’s a good player who plays hard, runs well and is pretty smart on the base paths. It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out and how he performs here.”
Ventura is an outfielder and played in center field on Sunday, while Siri moved to right.
“It’s good to have quick guys in the outfield,” Bolivar said. “I hope they’ll do well working together.”
Ventura is 20 years old and signed with Atlanta in 2015. He’s from a small town near the center of the Dominican Republic and becomes the eighth native of the nation to join the Dragons.
“I think it’s nice to have some bit of familiarity being around guys from the Dominican,” Bolivar said. “He seems pretty mature and knows what he’s doing. My advice is to be himself and play the way he knows how to play.”
Which, Bolivar hopes, will help the team heading into their playoff series with West Michigan next month.
“Hopefully he’ll be that spark to light everything up and start a good streak,” Bolivar said.
• Siri was back in the lineup on Sunday and went 1 for 3. He was ejected in the seventh after slamming his helmet on the ground following a failed stolen base attempt.
On deck: Lansing and Dayton return to Fifth Third Field for the third of a four-game set on Monday night. Matt Blandino (1-4, 6.75 ERA) will start for the Dragons against Lansing's Osman Gutierrez (4-8, 8.40).