August 2, 2017 - Florida State League (FSL) - Dunedin Blue Jays
The Dunedin Blue Jays completed a four-game sweep of the Florida Fire Frogs on Tuesday evening at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium with a 4-1 victory in the series finale. LHP Tayler Saucedo picked up his first win in a Dunedin uniform, throwing 6.0 strong innings, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out eight opposing batters.
After a pair of high-scoring ballgames, the Dunedin offense was held in check for most of the ballgame. Kyle Wright, the number five overall pick in the 2017 June Amateur Draft, started on the mound for the Fire Frogs and tossed two perfect innings, striking out one.
The Blue Jays struck in the third inning against the Fire Frogs bullpen. DH Michael De La Cruz led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on a pair of groundouts. With two outs, SS Bo Bichette singled up the middle, scoring De La Cruz and giving Dunedin a 1-0 lead. Back-to-back singles by 2B Cavan Biggio and 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. brought home Bichette and increased the lead to two.
Saucedo put up zeroes and racked up strikeouts through the first four innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six. In the fifth, a leadoff walk to Matt Gonzalez and pair of singles by Anfernee Seymour and Ray-Patrick Didder brought home Florida's only run.
The Fire Frogs threatened again in the seventh off Dunedin reliever Dan Lietz . A throwing error and two walks loaded the bases for Florida with two outs, but a big strikeout of Carlos Castro got Lietz out of the jam.
The Blue Jays added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh, using three straight walks to load the bases with two outs. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a ground ball to Fire Frogs thirdbaseman Matt Gonzalez that could have been the third out of the inning, but Gonzalez threw wildly to first, allowing two runs to score.
Dunedin closer LHP Kirby Snead entered the game in the eighth inning and threw two scoreless innings to record his eighth save of the year and preserve Dunedin's tenth straight home win and fifth straight win overall.
The win improves Dunedin to 23-16 in the second half and 57-51 overall. They trail the Tampa Yankees by 2.5 games for first place in the North Division and sit 1.0 game behind Clearwater for the second-best overall record in the North, which would decide the division's second playoff team if Tampa were to win both the first and second halves.
After an off day on Wednesday, the Blue Jays will be back in action on Thursday against the Charlotte Stone Crabs at home looking to improve their league-best 17-2 home record in the second half