First-place West Michigan drops Dayton four games back

The Dayton Dragons dropped a 9-2 decision to host West Michigan on Sunday to fall four games behind the first-place Whitecaps in the Midwest League Eastern Division.

The Dragons (37-25) are tied with South Bend (37-25) for second. The top teams in the first half of the season earn playoff spots. Dayton has eight games remaining in the first half.

Jake Robson had four hits and drove in two runs to pace the Whitecaps (41-21).

West Michigan scored two runs in the third and fourth innings to grab a 4-0 lead. Dayton made it 4-1 when Taylor Trammell tripled home T.J. Friedl.

The Whitecaps added single runs in the sixth and seventh and three in the eighth to make it 9-1.

Dayton got a run back in the ninth on Tyler Stephenson’s RBI double.

Trammell finished 3-for-4 and Friedl was 2-for-4 for Dayton. Wennington Romero (3-3) allowed four runs and nine hits in four innings and took the loss.

The Dragons and Whitecaps close out the four-game series at noon Monday. Dayton’s Ty Boyles (1-1, 4.63) opposes Alfred Gutierrez (4-3, 3.42).

Dayton returns home Tuesday for a doubleheader vs. Great Lakes.

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