Hot start: Dayton was hot at the plate in middle innings and looked to have put the game away in the fifth. With the game tied 2-2, Quad Cities replaced starter Ryan Hartman with reliever Ronel Blanco, and the Dragons went to work.
Taylor Trammell led Dayton off with a triple, and Tyler Stephenson followed with an RBI single to give Dayton a 3-2 lead.
After the next two batters struck out, Vasquez reached after getting hit by a pitch, and Gonzalez followed with a single to load the bases. Vargas then hit a two-RBI single to center field, and Friedl followed with a hard grounder to center field to score two more runs and give Dayton a 7-2 lead.
Dragons tales: Vargas hit his first home run of the season in the seventh inning by driving a fastball up the middle to left field. Vargas entered Saturday's game with the team's lowest batting average (.158), but he went 3-for-5 with three RBI's.
• Stephenson had a good night at the plate to keep his hot streak going. He was 1-for-2 and had three walks. He has hit .321 over his last 21 games.
• A night off didn’t appear to help Brantley Bell. Bell had hit .361 over his last 23 games before getting Friday night’s game off. He went 0-for-5 (including two strikeouts) on Saturday before drawing a walk in the 11th.
On deck: The Dragons are off on Sunday and will travel to South Bend on Monday for the first of a three-game series against the Cubs. The Cubs (23-12) are currently in third place in the Midwestern League Eastern Division, a game and a half behind the Dragons. West Michigan (24-12) is in second.
Scott Moss (4-1, 2.50 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday’s game, as is South Bend’s Tyson Miller (2-2, 4.24 ERA). Moss led the ML in strikeouts (51) entering Saturday’s action.
The Dragons will have early wake-up calls during their series with the Cubs. Both Tuesday and Wednesday’s contests are scheduled for 10:35 a.m. starts due to “Education Day” promotions, in which South Bend-area schools take field trips to the ballpark.