Blue Jays Snap Three Game Losing Streak in Bradenton
Bradenton, FL. - Game two of the four game series between Dunedin and Bradenton had no shortage of offense as the two teams combined to hit six homeruns. In the end though, it was a two homer night, a clutch two run triple, and a scoreless outing from the bullpen that helped Dunedin win their 66th game of the season at snatch the top spot back in the Florida State League North Division standings.
LHP Nick Allgeyer (9-5) started for Dunedin and came in looking for his second consecutive win against Bradenton. Allgeyer tossed five innings, giving up three homeruns; the first of which came in off the bat of Lucas Tancas who opened the scoring in the second. Samad Taylor answered though with his sixth bomb of the year to left in the top of the third off Bradenton's starter RHP Brad Case (3-4).
Meanwhile, Alejandro Kirk came into the evening without a homerun in a Dunedin uniform but changed the complexion of the game with a solo shot in the third to tie the game at two apiece. In his next at-bat, and with Dunedin down by three, Alejandro laced a two run shot to center to pull the Blue Jays to within one. It was the first time in Kirk's career he's hit two homeruns in a game.
Fast forward to the top of the sixth, Bradenton summoned LHP Braden Ogle out of the pen to relieve Case who had just completed five innings. The southpaw gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Noda, and walked Kacy Clemens. After a double steal that put runners at second and third, Reggie Pruitt smashed a rocket up the alley in right-center for a two-run triple to give the D-Jays their first lead of the game and series. Nick Podkul followed suit with an RBI Sacrifice Fly to give the Blue Jays a 7-5 lead.
The bullpen mixture of righties Emerson Jimenez and Jackson Rees shut the Marauders offense down with four scoreless innings, and allowing just two hits from the sixth inning. After a brief 46 minute delay because of rain, Rees closed the door in the ninth to send Dunedin to the 7-5 win and snap a small three game skid.
Game three of the four game set will begin tomorrow at 6:30 E.T. with RHP Osvaldo Bido (1-1, 1.26) getting the ball for Bradenton. Dunedin has yet to announce their starter. The first pitch is set for 6:30 E.T. with live play-by-play coverage beginning at 6:15 across the Dunedin Blue Jays Baseball Network powered by TuneIn.
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