Hot Rods Fall to Dragons Late

By: Hank Fuerst, Hot Rods Media Relations
By: Hank Fuerst, Hot Rods Media Relations

Dayton, OH - The Dayton Dragons (7-8, 35-49) scored six times in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun the Bowling Green Hot Rods (9-6, 47-36) 6-5 on the Fourth of July in Dayton Thursday night. Dylan Floro hurled his fourth straight quality start with six shutout innings in the no decision. Patrick Leonard and Andrew Toles each drove in two runs for the Hot Rods, who lose for the second straight night in as many cities to the Dragons.

The Hot Rods scored two times in the top of the fifth inning to break up the early pitcher's duel. Marty Gantt led the inning off with a double to the gap in left-center field and later scored on a strikeout combined with a wild pitch. Toles drove in his first run of the game on a sacrifice fly later in the inning to give the Hot Rods a 2-0 advantage.

In the seventh inning, the Hot Rods scored three more times. Leonard helped out with a two-out, two-run double into left field and was later brought in on a Toles single to center field. The five-run lead was short-lived, however, as Hot Rods reliever Eduar Quinonez surrendered six runs in the bottom of the seventh, capped by a Daniel Pigott three-run home run.

The late collapse spoiled another splendid effort from Floro, who had won four straight starts coming into the game, in the starter's role. The six shutout innings drop Floro's season ERA to 1.87, which is good for the second-lowest in the Midwest League.

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