From the Dragons website:
Dayton, OH – Chris Kroski’s eighth inning two RBI double snapped a 6-6 tie as the Dayton Dragons (3-5) came from 5-0 down in the first inning to win an 8-6 thriller over the Fort Wayne Wizards (3-5) on Friday night, before 8,375 at Fifth Third Field.
Kroski, who went 3-for-5 with four RBI’s, ripped a Ricky Steik (L, 0-1) pitch into the left-center gap, scoring Tonys Gutierrez and Mayker Sandoval to snap the tie. The Dragons had previously tied the game on a one-out solo homer by Phil Gentry, his first of the season.
Things began rocky for the Dragons Homer Bailey (ND), who threw in his first game as a Dragon. Bailey was forced into an early hole when the first five Wizards reached base, beginning with Chris Kolkhorst’s leadoff fly ball that leftfielder John Purdom misplayed, translating into a cheap double. Matt Bush followed with a grounder to second that took a wicked hop and deflected off second baseman Trevor Lawhorn’s glove, enabling Kolkhorst to score for a 1-0 lead.
After back-to-back singles by Peter Ciofrone and Lachlan Dale to load the bases, Tom Vincent cleared them with a three-run double to make it 4-0. Bailey settled down after a meeting at the mound between Kroski and Pitching Coach Larry Pierson, only yielding an RBI sacrifice fly to Yordany Ramirez later in the inning which put Fort Wayne up by five.
Dayton got on the board in the first inning with Kroski’s first RBI single of the night, followed by an electric inning by Bailey in which he struck out the side, sandwiching a walk to Ciofrone.
The Dragons bullpen then took over, and the offense followed suit. Habelito Hernandez blasted a two-run homer to left in the third to cut the Wizards’ lead to 5-3. Behind Zac Stott (ND) and Brad Morenko’s (W, 1-0) blanking of Fort Wayne’s bats, the Fire breathers tied the game in the seventh behind Gutierrez’s RBI double and Kroski’s second RBI single of the night.
Fort Wayne took a brief 6-5 lead in the eighth, on Yordany Ramirez’s RBI double.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.