July 31, 2017 - Florida State League (FSL) - Dunedin Blue Jays
The Dunedin Blue Jays banged 21 hits, scored 17 runs, and hit four home runs in a 17-1 rout of the Florida Fire Frogs on Sunday evening, making an already special evening with Jimy Kelly Night ongoing at the stadium even more memorable.
The Blue Jays wasted little time getting the scoring going, using a double by 2B cavan Biggio and RBI single by LF Jake Thomas to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
In the third, RF Connor Panas continued his unbelievable month of July by launching a three-run, opposite field home run to left to increase the lead to 4-0. With tonight's 2-5 performance, Panas is now hitting .356 in July with 16 runs scored, 22 RBI, and 6 homers.
The Jays didn't slow in the fourth, adding six more runs to take a 10-0 lead. Jake Thomas led off the inning with a double and was promptly singled home by DH Christian Lopes . Lopes was 4-6 with 4 runs scored in the first game of his minor league rehab assignment with Dunedin.
Following Lopes' RBI, a pair of walks loaded the bases and Juan Kelly delivered a two-RBI single to right. Kelly finished the night 3-6 with six runs batted in. Cavan Biggio then unloaded on a three-run home run to right field to put Dunedin up by 10 runs.
After being held scoreless in the fifth, the Blue Jays added three more in the sixth thanks to a wild pitch that brought home Cavan Biggio and a two-run homer by CF D.J. Davis, his first of the year. The Jays scored three more times in the seventh, this time on a three-run shot off the bat of Juan Kelly.
While all eyes were on the offense, Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh DeGraaf quietly put together a gem. DeGraaf threw 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out four. Tonight's win improved DeGraaf to 5-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 10 starts with Dunedin this season.
The Fire Frogs broke up the shutout with an unearned run in the eighth and Dunedin answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning to go up 17-1. Six Blue Jays batters had multiple hits in the game, with Christian Lopes and Cavan Biggio pacing the team with four apiece. Juan Kelly and Jake Thomas each had three.
The win inproves Dunedin to 15-2 at home in the second half, the best record in the Florida State League by a signficant margin. It also pulls them within 3.5 of the Tampa Yankees for first place in the North Division.
Dunedin and Florida will square off again tomorrow in game three of their four-game series at 6:30 PM at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin. RHP Conor Fisk (5-9, 4.34) will take the mound for the Jays two days after receiving the Florida State League's Pitcher of the Week Award for his brilliant performance on July 21 (8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 6 K).