Daytona Secures Second Straight Win, 3-2
Dunedin, FL - The Daytona Tortugas (13-11, 49-45) earned a hard fought, one run victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays (11-14, 43-52) with a 3-2 final score for their second win in a row. They've now notched four series wins in as many tries against Dunedin this year. On Monday night, it took a come-from-behind effort as the Blue Jays scored twice in the first inning but Daytona was up for the challenge.
In the first, LHP Nick Routt (W, 4-1) got a quick two outs but had a tough time finding the third. Rowdy Tellez singled and Matt Dean flied a ball to left center that CF Junior Arias mishandled. The error allowed Tellez third base and Dean second. WIth the two in scoring position, Mitch Nay hit a triple to deep center that scored them both and put the Blue Jays on top, 2-0. Neither run was earned against Routt and the Daytona starter finished with six strikeouts over 5.1 innings.
Dunedin starter Conner Greene pitched well through the first four innings but faltered in the fifth and opened the door for the Daytona comeback. It began with an Arias single to left field and a steal of second base soon after. Arias now has 23 steals on the year. C Chad Wallach then drove him in with an RBI single and cut the deficit in half. 2B Wendell Soto dropped a bunt single down the first base line that Greene attempted to field but his throw to first was off line and in the process, Wallach raced home to score. Soto stole second and reached third on a single from SS Carlton Daal. Next, LF Phillip Ervin hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Soto. That gave the Tortugas their first and only lead of the night, 3-2.
Daytona Beach native DH Daniel Pigott made his Tortuga debut and went 1-4 with a single.
Down the stretch, the bullpens of each team dueled it out with strong outings from several relievers. For Dunedin, Alberto Tirado and Brady Dragmire held the Tugas to one hit over the last four innings. For Daytona, LHP Joel Bender (H, 13) entered with one out in the sixth inning and got a double play to end the frame. He then retired the side in order in the seventh. RHP Carlos Gonzalez (H, 1)pitched a scoreless eighth for his first hold as a Tortuga. Finally, RHP El'Hajj Muhammad (S, 14)earned another save by getting all three outs in the ninth.
Daytona is now 11-3 this season against Dunedin and will try for the series sweep tomorrow. First pitch of game three is scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Fans can listen to the action on AM 1230 and AM 1490 with the D.B. Pickles Pregame show starting at 10:45 A.M.
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