Jose Siri singled in the eighth inning to stretch his streak of consecutive games with a hit to 38, but the Dragons dropped their fifth in a row Wednesday, 8-2 to the Great Lakes Loons.
Siri’s streak has been the highlight of slow second half. The Dragons are 13-26 since the all-star break, and Wednesday’s loss puts the team’s overall record below .500 (54-55) for the first time since April 8.
Siri hit into two routine outs and had a strikeout in his first three at-bats. In the eighth, he hit a hard ground ball back to pitcher Melvin Jimenez, who tried to field it but couldn’t. The ball then bounced to second baseman Moises Perez, but Siri beat the throw by several feet.
Siri’s 38-game hitting streak is the longest in Midwest League history and the longest in professional baseball this season. The Dominican Republic native broke the league’s all-time hitting streak on Monday at Fort Wayne. During the 38-game stretch, he has hit .343 with 13 home runs and 29 RBIs.
Game changer: Dragons starter Alex Webb allowed three hits and two runs in six innings, but the bullpen didn’t do as well.
Carlos Machorro replaced Webb in the seventh and gave up a two-run home run to Jared Walker, which gave Great Lakes a 4-2 lead. Dauri Moreta gave up two runs in the eighth on a home run by Gavin Lux, and Aaron Fossas allowed two runs in the ninth.
Dragons tales: Taylor Trammell had a good night at the plate but a bad night on the bases. He was thrown out after getting on base in the first and fourth innings, both times by Great Lakes right fielder Cody Thomas.
Trammell hit a ground ball in the first inning that went by Perez’s glove and safely reached first base, but he tried to go to second and was thrown out by Thomas.
He hit a double to right in the fourth inning and tried to reach third after Michael Beltre flied out to right. Thomas was quick to launch a throw after recording the flyout, and third baseman Jared Walker made a catch a second before Trammell slid into the base.
Trammell finished 1-for-3 with a walk.
On deck: Great Lakes and Dayton return to Fifth Third Field for the second game of a three-game series on Thursday. Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani will start for the Dragons in a rehab assignment against the Loons’ Jordan Sheffield (2-7, 3.84).
DeSclafani will be the 33rd Reds player to make a rehab appearance in Dayton and the third pitcher this season. Tony Cingrani started in a game May 29, and Homer Bailey did the same June 14.