“It’s a mindset,” Bennett said. “I’ve been working with (Dragons pitching coach Seth Etherton) and really attacking hitters and being a bulldog on the mound. It’s really working for me this year and that’s what I try to do every outing — attack, attack, attack and have that aggressive mentality.”
Bennett’s 11th save of the season didn’t come easy. Bowling Green’s Izzy Wilson led off the ninth inning with a single and Jordan Qsar nearly tied the game on a deep fly ball to center field that was caught on the warning track by Miles Gordon.
“Off the bat, I thought it was a tie game to be honest with you,” Bennett said. “I saw Miles camp under it and I caught a break.”
Bennett struck out the next batter Kevin Santiago. Wilson moved to second base on a wild pitch, but the Hot Rods’ Ford Proctor grounded out to first base to end the game.
“It was an awesome win,” Bennett said. “(Bowling Green) is probably the best team in the league. They’ve kicked our butt all year, so it’s really nice to get one from them when we can.”
Dragons starter Ricky Salinas earned his fourth victory of the season, allowing one earned run on three hits with four strikeouts and four walks in five innings of work.
“Ricky had a good outing,” said Dayton manager Luis Bolivar. “He competed out there. He went through a couple situations and came through it clean. We extended his pitch limits a little bit to line him up for the win and he was well deserving.”
The Dragons wore special red, white and blue uniforms as part of the Fourth of July festivities at Fifth Third Field.
Homestand: The Dragons began a two-game series at Bowling Green on Thursday and Friday before returning home for one of their longest homstands of the season — a 10-day, 9-game homestand from July 6 through 15.
They’ll host the South Bend Cubs from July 6 through 8 and then have an off-day on July 9. They’ll play back-to-back three game series against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (July 10-12) and the Beloit Snappers (July 13-15).