- By Bryant Billing Contributing Writer
It was a bad night for Dayton Dragons streaks Friday at Fifth Third Field.
Jose Siri went 0 for 3 at the plate, snapping his Midwest League-record streak of 39 games with a hit. The streak the Dragons didn’t want to continue is still going, as a 4-2 loss to the Great Lakes Loons stretches the team’s losing streak to seven games.
Siri was nearly struck by a pitch on his last at-bat in the eighth inning, and after the count grew to 3-2, Ryan Moseley threw a pitch to the bottom outside corner for a walk. As Siri walked to first base, Moseley yelled at him, and both dugouts soon cleared. Umpires Dexter Kelley and Donnie Smith got between the teams and ordered both squads back, and no confrontation ensued.
Siri’s 39-game streak is the longest in professional baseball this season. He broke the MWL’s previous all-time record on Monday at Fort Wayne. It had stood since 1977.
Siri stole second base after he walked and then advanced to third when the throw to second went into center field. He then scored on a wild pitch and received a standing ovation from the crowd. He grounded out, struck out and flied out in his previous three at-bats.
Game changer: Jared Walker hit a three-run home run in the fourth off Dragons starter Scott Moss to give the Loons a 4-0 lead.
Moss walked the first batter of the inning but got the next two batters out. Nick Yarnall then lined a single to right field. That set up Walker, who hit a low 3-2 pitch to the corner in right field.
Dragons tales: Great Lakes had 25 hits in the first two games of the series, and even Moss couldn’t stop the hitting.
Moss leads the league in wins (11) and strikeouts (131) and had given up eight hits and one earned run in his last two starts, but it didn’t take the Loons long to hit him. Cristian Santana hit a home run to center field in the first inning, and Walker followed three innings later with his homer.
Moss (11-6) exited in the sixth after allowing six hits and four earned runs.
• Hector Vargas has done well at the plate in the last two weeks. The Dominican Republic nativehas hit .338 over his last 15 games. He was 2 for 4 on Friday with singles in the second and seventh innings.
• Dragons manger Luis Bolivar was ejected immediately prior to Siri’s last at-bat in the eighth after arguing with Kelley, the home plate umpire, about a strike call on the previous at-bat by Michael Beltre.
On deck: The Dragons open a four-game series against Lansing on Saturday night at Fifth Third Field. Tony Santillan (6-6, 3.18) will start for the first time since July 23 opposite Lansing’s Yennsy Diaz (4-2, 4.18).
Santillan was skipped the last time he was due to pitch in the rotation so he could rest up for the playoffs, which start Sept. 6.