The Dayton Dragons scored the first 11 runs of the game on Monday afternoon as they defeated the Swing of the Quad Cities, 12-2, at John O'Donnell Stadium. A crowd of 2,834 fans on hand for the fifth Swing into Reading program of the season watched as the Swing had their five-game winning streak snapped.
Down 11-0, the Swing snapped the shutout bid by putting two runs on the board against relief pitcher Blake Hendley. Jake Mullinax roped a double to the left field corner to begin the inning, and Simon Williams knocked him home with a single into left. Chris Patrick then drilled a solo homer to the berm in left to cap the Swing's scoring. In the three games Patrick has played since joining the team last weekend, the infielder has gone 5-for-11 with two RBI, and has hit safely in all three game.
The Dragons pounded five hits to score four runs in the top of the first, with Cody Strait's two-run single the biggest hit of the inning.
Dayton added one more run against Swing starter Dennis Dove in the fifth inning, as Phil Gentry doubled and Craig Tatum knocked him home.
The Dragons touched up reliever Justin Brown for two runs in the top of the sixth frame, after two batters drew two-out walks, and Paul Janish tripled into the left field corner.
Dayton put four more runs on the board in the top of the eighth inning, as John Purdom blasted a two-run homer for the big hit of the frame. The Dragons capped their scoring in the ninth, on an RBI bloop double from Purdom.
Dove, who started the season with two strong outings, struggled for the second straight appearance for the Swing. He allowed five runs on ten hits in five innings, striking out two to pick up the loss.
UP NEXT: The Swing and Dragons close out the series on Tuesday, when Mike Parisi (1-2, 2.84) takes the hill against lefty Camilo Vazquez (0-1, 6.17). First pitch is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., and coverage on Progressive Talk AM 1270 will begin at 9:15
PROMOTION: Tuesday will be the second high school and junior high day at John O'Donnell Stadium, with approximately 1,000 area students scheduled to attend. Tickets are available to all Swing home games by calling (563) 328-2000.