Nick Bailey comes to the mound to relieve pitcher Tyler Reynolds during the fifth inning of the Portland Rockets’ 7-1 loss to the Ohio Warhawks on Thursday at Day Air Ballpark in Dayton, Ohio. The stadium is the home of the Dayton Dragons, the Class A Minor League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. (Special to The Commercial Review/Samantha Thomas)
Nick Bailey comes to the mound to relieve pitcher Tyler Reynolds during the fifth inning of the Portland Rockets’ 7-1 loss to the Ohio Warhawks on Thursday at Day Air Ballpark in Dayton, Ohio. The stadium is the home of the Dayton Dragons, the Class A Minor League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. (Special to The Commercial Review/Samantha Thomas)
DAYTON, Ohio — The Rockets spent Thursday night on a Minor League field.

They weren’t able to get much offense going while they were there.

The Portland Rockets managed just a pair of hits as they lost 7-1 to the Ohio Warhawks at Day Air Ballpark, the home of the Class A Dayton Dragons.

Portland’s only run came in the third inning with Dakota Durick starting the frame with a single. After back-to-back strikeouts, Nick Pequignot smacked a double to center field to bring Durick to the plate. (Pequignot was thrown out trying to advance to third.)

That run closed the gap for the Rockets — they had allowed two runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks in large part to three walks — but they were unable to pull even. Ohio then scored five times in the fifth inning to put the game away.

Peyton Smith took the loss for Portland (11-10), allowing two runs on two hits and six walks in four innings. He struck out one batter.

Tyler Reynolds gave up five runs in 2/3 of an inning before Nick Bailey closed the game with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

A pair of Ohio pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts.

Beyond the hits in the third inning, the Rockets only had three other base runners. Hunter Kauser drew a couple of walks and Pequignot was hit by a pitch.

Portland is in the midst of six consecutive games away from home. It will play again at 1 p.m. Sunday in a doubleheader against the host Battle Creek Merchants at C.O. Brown Stadium.