Dragons center field Jose Siri waits on a pitch during a game against Great Lakes earlier this season at Fifth Third Field. Contributed Photo by Bryant Billing

Siri reaches milestone in Dragons’ win over Lake County

Dayton’s Jose Siri hit a home run and stole a base to become the first Midwest League player since 1982 to reach 20 home runs and 40 steals in a season as the Dragons defeated the Lake County Captains 8-3 on Sunday.

The Dragons opened the game with back-to-back home runs. Randy Ventura hit the second pitch of the contest for a homer to left field, and Siri hit the very next pitch over the left field fence as well. Ventura’s home run was his first of the year while Siri’s was his 20th.

The Dragons added three more runs in the third inning, taking advantage of two Lake County throwing errors, and then tacked on three more in the fourth to build an 8-0 lead.

Dragons starter Wennington Romero (4-10) matched a career high with nine strikeouts as he earned the win. Romero went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits with no walks. Carlos Machorro earned his first save, going three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit with no walks and four strikeouts.

Ventura finished 3 for 4 with a home run, three runs scored, and a walk. Bruce Yari had two hits and drove in three runs.

Centerville High School product Ryan Colegate fired four and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief for Lake County, allowing just two hits.

The Dragons have won five of their last seven games overall and have taken two of the first three in the four-game set at Lake County.

Up Next: The Dragons (18-37, 59-66) close out the four-game series with the Captains (23-32, 50-74) on Monday night at 7:00. Scott Moss (12-6, 3.48) will start for the Dragons against Lake County’s Juan Hillman (6-8, 5.98).

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