West Michigan outlasts Dayton in 11 innings


West Michigan outlasts Dayton in 11 innings

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Dragons catcher Cassidy Brown (left) and third baseman John Sansone catch Mitchell Hansen in a rundown. The Dragons lost 8-3 to the visiting Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers) at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Thursday, June 15, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Host West Michigan pushed across a run in the bottom of the 11th to beat the Dayton Dragons 1-0 in Midwest League play.

David Gonzalez singled home the winning run for the Whitecaps in the opener of a four-game series.

Dayton committed a season-high five errors, including two in the 11th that allowed Gonzalez to come to the plate. West Michigan loaded the bases with one out on a base hit, a dropped fly ball and a misplayed ground ball.

The Dragons had a chance to score in the first when Michael Beltre tripled on the first pitch of the game. But two strikeouts and a ground out ended the threat. In the 11th, Tyler Stephenson led off with a double, but a strike out and two fly outs ended the threat. Dayton was 0-for-19 with runners on base.

Dayton starter Tony Santillan allowed just two hits in six innings. Jesse Adams followed with three scoreless innings. Carlos Machorro pitched a perfect 10th, then allowed the unearned run in the 11th to take the loss.

Dayton (42-33 overall) falls to 1-4 in the second half. West Michigan is 50-22, 5-0. The two teams meet again Tuesday night at 7.

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