The Swing of the Quad Cities got strong work from starting pitcher Matt Scherer and had just enough offense on Sunday afternoon as they defeated the Dayton Dragons, 3-2, at John O'Donnell Stadium. The Swing have won five straight games and have moved into a tie for third place with the Beloit Snappers.
The Swing (7-8) took the lead in the bottom of the second inning. Mike Ferris opened the inning by roping a double down the right field line. After a groundout and a popout, Jarrett Hoffpauir reached on a throwing error, allowing Ferris to score from second for a 1-0 Swing advantage.
After the Dragons (4-12) tied it up on Tonys Gutierrez' double in the fourth, the Swing retook a two-run lead in the bottom half of the inning. Ferris led off with an opposite field homer to left, his team-leading third long ball of the season. The home run was also the first given up by Homer Bailey, the righthanded pitcher who selected by Cincinnati with the seventh-overall selection in last June's draft. Derry Hammond then lifted a single into left, and stole second base. A balk moved Hammond to third, and he scored when Bailey uncorked his first wild pitch of the season for a 3-1 lead after four innings.
Scherer picked up the victory in his Quad Cities debut, allowing one run on five hits in 5.1 innings. Scherer struck out six and walked only one. Michael Gross followed with 2.1 frames of solid relief, striking out one and allowing just a solo home run. Mike Sillman picked up his third save in as many chances, retiring all four men he faced. The sidearmer out of the University of Nebraska has not allowed a run in 9.1 innings with the Swing.
In his first outing in the Quad Cities, Bailey picked up the loss. The 6-3 righty struck out six Swing players and did not walk a man, but allowed three runs (two earned) in his four innings.
UP NEXT: The Swing and Dragons continue the series on Monday, when Dennis Dove (0-1, 4.24) makes his Swing debut against Rafael Gonzalez (1-3, 10.13). First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., and coverage on Progressive Talk AM 1270 will begin at 10:45
PROMOTION: Monday will be the fifth Swing into Reading Day of the season, with nearly 2,000 area children on hand to celebrate their successful completion of the program. Tickets are available to all Swing home games by calling (563) 328-2000.