May 14, 2017 - Florida State League (FSL) - Daytona Tortugas
DUNEDIN, FL - The Dunedin Blue Jays scored the final five runs Saturday to take the series from the Daytona Tortugas with a 5-2 win at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
Things started off well for the Tortugas. The first three men reached in the second inning setting the stage for Chris Okey . He swatted a single to left field, scoring Gavin LaValley and Daniel Sweet, to give Daytona the first lead of the game, 2-0. Okey also caught Cavan Biggio attempting to steal and picked off Andrew Guillotte in the bottom of the first, defensively.
The Blue Jays turned to small ball in the third to tie things up. Biggio, along with Max Pentecost, had consecutive sacrifice bunts off of Tortugas starter RHP Jose Lopez to bring in Kevin Vicuna and Guillotte consecutively.
Lopez (1-3) had his longest outing of the year on Saturday, but unfortunately was saddled with his second straight loss. He threw 6 1/3 innings, yielded four hits, three earned runs, three walks, and eight strikeouts, a season-high.
A dropped third strike started a chain of events in the seventh that would lead to Daytona's demise. Sandy Lugo relieved Lopez immediately after D.J. Davis reached on the dropped third strike. From there, Lugo would walk three straight to force in the go-ahead run. Danny Jansen also banged a two-run single past Alfredo Rodriguez to add to the Dunedin lead, 5-2.
RHP Conor Fisk (2-3) followed in relief of RHP Chris Smith to earn the win for the Blue Jays. He fanned two and walked three while allowing two earned runs in a season-high 6 1/3 innings. RHP Tom Robson struck out two in the ninth to earn his first save of 2017.
The Tortugas are off on Sunday before beginning a four-game set at The Jack against the Bradenton Marauders on Monday evening. A purchase of a ticket will give you the chance to partake in all-you-can-eat pizza, popcorn, hamburgers, and hot dogs. First pitch will be at 7:05 PM with the Metcare Pregame Show starting at 6:50 PM on AM 1230 and AM 1490 WSBB.
Notes: Daytona has been outscored 36-13 over its last six contests... The Tortugas have lost consecutive series for the first time this season... Alfredo Rodriguez is hitting .450 (9-20) as the leadoff man over the last five games... Daniel Sweet stole a base for the first time since April 28th....Daytona has walked atleast six batters in four straight games...Alfredo Rodriguez has tied his career-high with a seven game hitting streak