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Dragons Explode for 11 Runs in Sunday Win, Go 8-3 on Road Trip

Triana, Leyton, Benschoter among many Standouts in Dragons Win
August 28, 2022

Dragons 11, Quad Cities 2 Click here for the box score Dayton (R-H-E): 11-14-1; Quad Cities (R-H-E): 2-5-1 Win: Sam Benschoter (1-1); Loss: Chandler Champlain (1-2); Save: None HR: Dayton: Rece Hinds (8th, 0 on base in ninth inning); Steven Leyton (3rd, 1 on base in ninth inning). HR: Quad

Dragons 11, Quad Cities 2

Click here for the box score

Dayton (R-H-E): 11-14-1; Quad Cities (R-H-E): 2-5-1

Win: Sam Benschoter (1-1); Loss: Chandler Champlain (1-2); Save: None

HR: Dayton: Rece Hinds (8th, 0 on base in ninth inning); Steven Leyton (3rd, 1 on base in ninth inning). HR: Quad Cities: Darryl Collins (1st, 0 on base in sixth inning).

Davenport, Iowa—The Dayton Dragons built an 8-0 lead over the first three innings and cruised to an 11-2 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits on Sunday afternoon in the wrap-up to an 11-game road trip for Dayton. The win was the fourth straight for the Dragons.

The Dragons finished their two-week road trip with a record of 8-3 with one rain-out. They won four of six at Quad Cities after taking four of five at Fort Wayne. The Dragons established season highs for most runs in a series (38 in six games) and most hits in a series (60) at Quad Cities. They also recorded four straight games with at least 10 hits for the first time this season, collecting 14 on Sunday.

The Dragons won back-to-back series for the first time since they won sets against West Michigan (May 24-29) and South Bend (May 31-June 5). They also lifted their full-season record back above the .500 mark at 59-58.

Game Recap: The Dragons jumped out to a quick lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Jay Allen started the game with a base hit to center field and stole second before Austin Hendrick walked. The next two batters were retired, but Jose Torres followed with a two-run double to the fence in the left-center field, and Michel Triana belted a double off the right field fence to drive in Torres and make it 3-0.

In the second inning, the Dragons added two more runs. Ashton Creal walked to start the inning and stole second. Allen was hit by a pitch and a balk moved the runners to second and third. Hendrick’s sacrifice fly to center brought in Creal, and a two-out single by Noelvi Marte to left field drove in Allen to make it 5-0.

The Dragons added three more runs in the third. Torres walked to start the inning and scored on Triana’s triple off the center field fence. Leyton singled in Triana, and Leyton eventually scored on a single by Michael Trautwein to make it 8-0.

The Dragons went to the ninth inning leading 8-2 when Rece Hinds led off with his ninth home run of the season. After Triana singled, Leyton belted a two-run homer to left, his third of the year to close out the scoring.

Dragons starting pitcher Sam Benschoter (1-1) pitched well and earned the win. He worked five innings, allowing one run on three hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.

The Dragons 14-hit attack was keyed by Triana, who had a triple, double, and single. Leyton had a home run and two singles with three runs batted in. Allen had three hits and two stolen bases, giving him seven hits and seven stolen bases over the last two games.

Notes: The Dragons increased their home run total to 138 on the year, six short of the club record with 12 games to play. Five Dragons players have hit at least 10 home runs this season (Elly De La Cruz, Allan Cerda, Alex McGarry, Jose Torres, and Austin Hendrick), with Hinds and Garrett Wolforth currently with nine homers, and Mat Nelson with eight. The Dragons have never had six players hit at least 10 home runs in a season.

The Dragons are 20-31 in the second half. Quad Cities fell 48-72 overall and 22-32 in the second half.

Up Next: The Dragons do not play on Monday. They return home to Day Air Ballpark in the heart of the Water Street District to begin their final home series of the season on Tuesday, August 30 when they host the Cedar Rapids Kernels at 7:05 p.m. The six-game series will continue through Sunday, September 4. Chase Petty (0-2, 4.15) will start for the Dragons on Tuesday.

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

On the Air: 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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