Bichette, Pentecost Power Dunedin Past Florida
A night after their 21-hit, 17-run outburst, the Dunedin Blue Jays offense stayed hot, knocking 14 hits and scoring 11 runs in an 11-2 victory over the Florida Fire Frogs on Monday evening at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. The win pulls the Blue Jays 2.5 games out of first place in the Florida State League's North Division and improves Dunedin's league-best record at home to 16-2 in the season's second half.
The Florida Fire Frogs put the first run on the scoreboard with a solo home run by Anfernee Seymour to lead off the game in the top of the first, but fell silent for nearly the rest of the game. Following the hiccup to begin the game, Blue Jays starter Conor Fisk threw 7.0 innings and allowed just four more hits and no additional runs to pick up his sixth win of the season.
The Blue Jays quickly tied the score in the bottom of the first. SS Bo Bichette doubled to lead off the inning, starting what would be an impressive 4-4 night with four runs scored. Bichette stole third base and was tripled home by DH Max Pentecost, the first of five RBIs on the night for Pentecost.
Bichette reached base again in the third, this time on a single with one out. 2B Christian Lopes followed with a bloop single and the two infielders executed a double steal with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. batting to put runners at second and third. Guerrero Jr. grounded out to third, bringing Bichette in to score and giving Dunedin a 2-1 lead.
The Blue Jays busted the game open in the sixth inning. With one out, three straight Dunedin batters took walks to load the bases. Guerrero Jr. singled to bring one run across and Pentecost plated two more with a single of his own. Reese McGuire hit a two-out, RBI double to increase the Blue Jays lead to 6-1. Connor Panas continued his torrid month of July with an RBI single to score McGuire and stretch Dunedin's lead to six.
The Jays added another run in the sixth on an RBI groundout. Florida used a pair of infield singles and a wild pitch to push a run across in the eighth, but Dunedin answered with two more in the bottom of the inning to bring about the game's final score of 11-2.
The Blue Jays will look to complete a four-game sweep of the Fire Frogs tomorrow evening at home with LHP Tayler Saucedo (0-0, 5.11) on the mound.
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