Monday night, the Dayton Dragonscontinued their mastery over the Great Lakes Loons, picking up a 7-3 victory in the first game of a three-game series. The Dragons have now won six of the seven matchups between the two teams this season.
In the top of the first inning, Sebastian Elizalde hit a two-run home run to left-center, his sixth of the year, and the Dragons never trailed.
The Loons pulled to within one run with a second inning double by Spencer Navin to make the score 2-1.
But the Dragons struck for four runs in the fourth inning off starter Luis De Paula to extend the home team's lead to five.
De Paula (1-1) allowed six runs (all earned) and eight hits in four innings to take the loss. The Loons received solid relief work from LuisChirinos, who went three scoreless frames and has yet to allow a run this season as a reliever.
Ismael Guillon, the enigmatic lefty prospect, worked four innings in his first game back from a blister injury. He allowed one run on two hitsand three walks but did not last long enough to qualify for the win.
Ryan Kemp earned the win in relief, combining with Pedro Diaz and Scott Brattvet to hold the Loons to one run over five innings.
Jesmuel Valentin recorded his second straight two-hit game for the Loons.
Elizalde and Jamodrick McGruder had three hits each for Dayton to lead a 14-hit attack.
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