LANSING, Mich (WLMI) The Dayton Dragons (19-26, 49-66) received a two-out, two-run bloop single in the tenth inning from Kyle Waldrop, dropping the Lansing Lugnuts (25-20, 72-42), 4-2, on Wednesday night on Jackson Field.
It was the second consecutive game that Lansing has lost in ten innings; on Tuesday, the Lugs blew a 1-0 ninth-inning lead to West Michigan en route to a 2-1 defeat.
Lansing has lost seven of its last nine and four in a row, a season-high losing streak for the team with the best record in the full-season Minor Leagues.
Brandon Berl (Loss, 2-5) had tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth innings before departing the tenth with two outs and Dragons at first and second base. Ian Kadish came on and surrendered a Yorman Rodriguez infield single to load the bases before serving up the game-winning flare to Waldrop.
It was a pitcher’s duel early between Dragons starter Stalin Gerson and Lugnuts starter Jesse Hernandez. Gerson allowed two runs, one earned over six innings in which he struck out seven. Hernandez went six innings as well giving up two runs, one earned, while striking out two and walking one.
Dan Jensen (Win, 6-9) threw three scoreless innings out of the Dragons bullpen without walking a batter, striking out none and giving up five hits.
The Dragons’ El’Hajj Muhammed (Save, 2) pitched a scoreless tenth inning, working around a Michael Crouse single and an error by third baseman Junior Arias.
In the losing cause, K.C. Hobson scored once and drove in a run as part of a 1-for-4 day that included a double. Andy Fermin was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and Shane Opitz delivered two hits in four at-bats.
Dayton and Lansing play the middle affair of their three-game series at 7:05 p.m. on a Labatt Blue Light Thirsty Thursday. The Lugnuts send righty Blake McFarland (5-3, 4.42) to the mound opposite Jacob Johnson (1-4, 5.32) of Dayton. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.lansinglugnuts.com, at the Cooley Law School Stadium box office, and by calling 517-485-4500.