“We had a really good week in Michigan but they tried too hard today,” said Moreno. “They chased a bit, especially the high fastball. Of course every game is different, but we have to try to be consistent in what we try on the plate, no matter what. “
At the top of tenth place, the Lugnuts quickly took advantage of the rule that puts a runner in second place to start the inning. They grouped four hits, including a homer from two runs by Max Schuemann, to score five runs against Tyler Garbee.
“They had really good discipline,” Moreno said of the Lansing Hitter. “They didn’t chase any breaking balls out of the strike zone and were ready for fastballs. They put together really good bats and tried to go deep into the count. “
Eduardo Salazar, who pitched five scoreless innings last week to win his first start for the Dragons, allowed three deserved runs and went 4-2 after five innings. Eddy Demurias and Braxton Roxby each threw two scoreless innings and allowed one hit.
Dayton fell 4-2 in the fifth inning when the Lugnuts scored three runs with the help of two mistakes in the same game. But Miguel Hernandez hit his first homer and Brian Rey hit his fifth homer in the league to score the goal. But there were no more key hits for the dragons.
Despite the defeat, the Dragons have one of the best starts in team history. Her 5-1 road trip last week in Great Lakes was the best start since 2010.
Moreno said a big factor in early success is the way spring training is structured. Normally, Arizona players cavort in the complex. But this year the core of the team stayed together for most of the month.
“The chemistry was built in Arizona, and when we got here the energy and the effort was something that was in our hands,” said Moreno. “We want to control the energy and the effort. Talent will take over, but energy and effort will be key for us. And I’m very happy how they come to the ballpark every day and try to apply. “
Miami Association: Lansing is directed in 1995 by Miami University graduate Scott Steinmann, who is in his freshman year with the Lugnuts and his fifth year with the Oakland Athletics Organization. Steinmann was thrown out in the fourth inning for arguing Cobie Vance had been unlucky. After going to first base, Vance was called back because the referee thought it was a foul ball.
Next game: The Dragons send right-handed Noah Davis up the hill on Wednesday. Davis suffered the only defeat in Dayton’s season opening series at Great Lakes, a 1-0 decision in six innings.