Dragons win 5th consecutive game
By the Dayton Daily News
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The Dayton Dragons might just be playing their best baseball of the 2006 season.
The Dragons spotted Cedar Rapids a 3-0 lead early and then came back to beat the Kernels 4-3 in front of 2,950 at Veteran's Memorial Stadium on Thursday night. The Class A Midwest League win gives the Dragons five straight after opening the second half of the season with three straight losses.
Cedar Rapids got on the board first in the bottom half of the third inning with three unearned runs against Dragons starter Robert Manuel.
The Dragons chipped away at the lead and at Cedar Rapids starter Andy Hill.
Shortstop Adam Rosales led off the Dayton fourth inning with a double and came home on Jay Bruce's RBI single to left to cut the lead to 3-1.
Dayton tied the game at 3-3 with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. With one down, Chris Denove and Josh Holden hit back-to-back doubles. Holden's two-bagger knocked home Denove with Dayton's second run. After Holden scooted to third on Mike Griffin's ground out, he came home on a single to center by Rosales.
Dayton picked up the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning as the Kernels' Daniel Hawkins walked the leadoff batter Eric Eymann.
Denove moved Eymann along with a sacrifice bunt, and the Dayton third baseman went to third on an infield single by Holden. With one down and runners on the corners, Mike Griffin doubled into the left field corner to score Eymann.