CLINTON — Following a four game sweep at Perfect Game Field in Cedar Rapids vs. the top ranked pitching staff in the Midwest League, the Clinton LumberKings met the third ranked pitching staff in the Dayton Dragons and had the same result, albeit at their home ballpark with a 17-7 loss.

 The Dragons pounced on Lukas Schiraldi (L, 4-4) for eight earned runs over 3.2 innings, as the newly named All-Star had his toughest outing of the season.

Dayton (30-25) struck in the first inning for the second time in the series, as Brian O’Grady hit a two-run home run to right field. Dayton scored two runs in each of the first two innings, and in three of the first four. Ronald Bueno plated two runs with a two-out double in the second inning, while a run scored on a groundout in the third.

Kristian Brito got Clinton (23-32) on the scoreboard and made it 4-1 with a leadoff solo home run in the second inning. That was all the LumberKings got against Junior Morillo, as he was brilliant in his season debut. The lefty allowed just three hits and one earned run over five innings. Morillo struck out five and did not walk a batter. The three Dayton starting pitchers in the series allowed just two earned runs over 17 innings, a 1.06 ERA.

Clinton responded with a five-run sixth inning and cut the deficit to four. Chantz Mack drove home a run with an RBI double and scored on Kristian Brito’s RBI single, while two runs scored on an error on Dayton shortstop Luis Gonzalez.

The Dragons then brought the comeback to a halt, as Dayton scored seven runs over the final three innings, two off of Peter Miller and five on Troy Scott. Gonzalez had a two-run double in the seventh and a bases-clearing double in the eighth.

Chantz Mack recorded three hits for Clinton, while Gavin LaValley went 3-for-6 for Dayton. Jonathan Reynoso, the ninth man in the Dayton order, finished with a game-high four hits and four runs scored.

DRAGONS 17, LUMBERKINGS 7

Dayton ab r h bi Clinton ab r h bi

Bueno 2b 4 1 2 3 Fields cf 5 1 1 0

Gonzalez ss 6 1 2 5 Mariscal 3b 5 0 2 0

O’Grady cf-1b 4 3 2 2 Mack lf 4 1 3 2

Rachal 1b 3 1 1 0  Brito dh 4 2 2 2

Benedetto cf 0 1 0 0 EMorales rf 5 1 1 0

LaValley 3b 6 2 3 3 Martin c 4 1 1 0

Kronefield dh 6 0 1 2 JMorales 2b 4 0 0 1

Boulware c 4 2 1 0 Zeutenhorst 1b 4 1 1 0

Pickens lf 5 2 2 1 Caballero ss 4 0 1 0

Reynoso rf 6 4 4 1

Totals 44 17 18 17 39 7 12 5

Dayton 221 500 232 — 17

Clinton 010 005 001 — 7

E — Gonzalez (20), EMorales (2).  SF — Bueno. 2B — Bueno (6), LaValley 2 (12), Gonzalez 2 (6), Mack (10). 3B — Reynoso 2 (3), LaValley (1). HR — O’Grady (2), Brito (5). SB — Reynoso (5). 

IP H R ER BB SO

 Dayton

 Morillo W, 1-0 5 3 1 1 0 5

Ehret 2 6 5 4 1 0

Krauss 2 3 1 1 1 1

 Clinton

Schiraldi L 4-4 3 2/3 7 8 8 2 3

Buchanan 2 4 2 2 1 3

Miller  1 2 2 2 2 1

Scott 2 1/3 5 5 5 1 1

WP — Ehret 2, Miller 2. HBP — Boulware (by Schiraldi), O’Grady (by Miller), Benedetto (by Scott). U — Aaron Higgins (p), Matt Bates (b). T —3:21. A — 5,003.  

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