On Saturday night the Dayton Dragons kicked off the second round of the Midwest League playoffs in Fort Wayne, Indiana – taking on the TinCaps. The game got out to a nice start for the Dragons. Randy Ventura led off the game with a single and stole second base. He would come around to score on a single by Taylor Trammell to put the Dragons up 1-0. Fort Wayne would get the run back two innings later with the help of an error, tying the game up.

That unearned run was the only one that went against Wennington Romero. The 19-year-old was dominant on Saturday night. He would strike out eight batters without a walk in 6.1 innings before handing the game over to the bullpen. Jesse Stallings finished out the 7th inning without any damage. The offense got a little help from the Fort Wayne defense as an errant throw trying to turn an inning-ending double play led to Jose Siri (went 3-4) scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the 8th. Stallings returned for the bottom of the 8th and worked around an infield single to keep the lead. Dauri Moreta entered for the bottom of the 9th and made quick-and-easy work, getting a fly out to center field before striking out the final two batters of the game to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead in the best of three series. Games two and three (if necessary) will take place in Dayton. Both games will be at 7pm and are on Sunday and (if needed) Monday.

Podcasting with Redleg Nation

On Friday night I sat down with Chad Dotson at Redleg Nation and recorded the most recent episode of Redleg Nation Radio where we discussed Bryan Price, the young pitching staff and Billy Hamilton. Oh, and two awesome movie recommendations.

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9 Responses

  1. MK

    Michael Beltre is by far the Dragons most outstanding position player of the playoffs. He is hitting .500 (8 for 16) and his defense has been outstanding, making the routine and spectacular plays. Play like this reconfirms his lofty pre-season prospect status.

    • Bocephus

      Agree 100%! Kudos to him for fighting through his mid season slump that seemed like would never end. Great guy off the field also.

    • DaveCT

      For all the talk about player production, Beltre is a great example of player development. Trammell, Siri, Ventura and Beltre is a pretty serious outfield.

  2. wes

    How was Wennington Romero acquired? Didn’t see that on reference site

  3. wes

    The Macho Man Randy The Body Ventura has put together another good season. Great acquisition for the reds for what they gave up for him!

    • MK

      Since they gave away International pool money they could not spend , he should count as a 2017 International signee when there are complaints about the inability to sign international prospects.