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Cedar Rapids has Big First Inning to Hand Dragons 6-4 Loss as Winning Streak Ends

September 2, 2022

Cedar Rapids 6, Dragons 4 Click here * for the box score* Cedar Rapids (R-H-E): 6-7-1; Dayton (R-H-E): 4-9-1 Win: Travis Adams (1-3); Loss: Julian Aguiar (0-1); Save: None HR: Dayton: None; HR: Cedar Rapids: Charles Mack (4th, 1 on base in first inning). Dayton, Ohio—The Cedar Rapids Kernels scored

Cedar Rapids 6, Dragons 4

Click here * for the box score*

Cedar Rapids (R-H-E): 6-7-1; Dayton (R-H-E): 4-9-1

Win: Travis Adams (1-3); Loss: Julian Aguiar (0-1); Save: None

HR: Dayton: None; HR: Cedar Rapids: Charles Mack (4th, 1 on base in first inning).

Dayton, Ohio—The Cedar Rapids Kernels scored six runs in the top of the first inning and held off a Dayton comeback bid to defeat the Dragons 6-4 on Friday night. The Dragons were able to get the tying run to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth before the Kernels closed out the contest and ended the Dragons seven-game winning streak.

A crowd of 8,031 was in attendance at Day Air Ballpark in the heart of the Water Street District.

Game Recap: Cedar Rapids took immediate command of the game, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning, collecting four hits and two walks, capped by a two-out, two-run home run by Charles Mack. Dragons pitchers shutout the Kernels over the remaining eight innings.

The Dragons scored in the fourth when Jose Torres and Tyler Callihan delivered back-to-back singles and Michel Triana lined a double to right field to score Torres and make it 6-1.

It was still 6-1 going to the bottom of the ninth when the Dragons put together a scoring inning. Justice Thompson walked to start the inning and went to second on Steven Leyton’s single. With one out, Ashton Creal singled to load the bases, and a passed ball brought in Thompson to make it 6-2. With two outs, Torres hit a ground ball to shortstop that was fielded by Brooks Lee, but Lee’s throw to first pulled Seth Gray off the bag as both Leyton and Creal scored to make it 6-4 and bring the tying run to the plate. Callihan grounded out to Lee to end the game.

Dragons starting pitcher Julian Aguiar, in his Midwest League debut, went three innings, allowing four hits and six runs (all in the first inning) with three walks and four strikeouts. Frainger Aranguren replaced Aguiar and went three strong innings, allowing no runs on one hit with no walks and one strikeout. Manuel Cachutt worked two scoreless innings, and James Marinan pitched a scoreless ninth inning as the Dayton bullpen combined to work six innings without allowing a run.

The Dragons finished with nine hits. Callihan and Leyton each had two.

The Dragons are 11-3 over their last 14 games. They fell to 62-59 over the full season and 23-32 in the second half. Cedar Rapids improved to 70-54 overall and 27-31 in the second half.

Up Next: The Dragons fifth game of the six-game series with Cedar Rapids is set for Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Day Air Ballpark in the heart of the Water Street District. Sam Benschoter (1-1, 2.70) will start for the Dragons. The series concludes on Sunday afternoon at 1:05.

For ticket information, go to daytondragons.com/tickets or call (937) 228-2287.

On the Air: Saturday and Sunday’s games will be televised on Dayton’s CW (Channel 26; Spectrum Cable channels 13 and 1013). All Dragons home and road games are broadcast on radio on FOX Sports 980 AM WONE. Games can be heard on smart phones, iPads, and other mobile devices via the free Dragons Mobile App, or on a computer at wone.com. Games are also available on HD Radio on 104.7 WTUI HD 2.

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