The Bats pushed across a pair of runs in the Top of the 11th and later held the Redbirds to take home the victory on Monday. Alfredo Rodriguez continued his hot start to the season with the bat with a 2 for 4 day, and gee, isn’t he a shortstop who they paid a chillion bucks to sign? Anyway, it was Michael De Leon providing the biggest blast, as it was his pinch-hit 2-run tater in the 11th that turned the overall tide. Tony “Santigold” Santillan was brilliant in his start, firing 6 IP of scoreless ball with 7 K, Brandon “Miami Dol” Finnegan chipped in with 0.2 IP sans runs, and Jose De Leon got the ‘save’ by recording just the game’s final out.
These two will make up this game as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.
Brian “Jedi” Rey kept right on raking with a double and a trio of ribbies, Mike “A.B.” Siani singled, walked, swiped a pair of bags, and scored, and Jacob “Johnny Cash” Hurtubise singled, swiped his 5th bag of the season, and scored twice from the leadoff spot to fuel the Dragons offense on the day. Noah Davis struggled through 4.1 IP with 5 ER allowed as the starter, but Ricky Salinas picked him up with 3.2 IP of excellent work, allowing just a lone hit while fanning 7. That gave Dayton the chance to rally, and rally they did.
The Tortugas kept the winning ways going for the Cincinnati Reds system on Monday by holding off the Hammerheads. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the Bottom of the 1st, and thanks to a banger of a 6 IP start from Carson Spiers (6 IP, ER, 8 K) and backing from the bullpen, they carved out the W. Austin “Motorsports” Hendrick doubled and walked, and Tyler Callihan swatted another pair of hits and scored a run from the leadoff spot. He’s hitting .357 on the year, to date.