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Errors Costly Again for Blue Jays in Home Loss

June 1, 2017 - Florida State League (FSL) - Dunedin Blue Jays News Release

A night after allowing seven unearned runs to score, the Dunedin Blue Jays (29-25) made four errors at home in a 5-3 loss to the Jupiter Hammerheads (22-31). The loss moves the Blue Jays out of first place in the Florida State League's North Division with just over two weeks left in the first half of the season.

Rehabbing Toronto righty Glenn Sparkman started for Dunedin and threw 3.1 innings, allowing three runs (all unearned) on three hits and striking out three. The Hammerheads tagged Sparkman with his three runs in the third inning thanks to two fielding errors that turned what otherwise would have been a 1-2-3 inning into a crooked frame for Jupiter.

The Hammerheads extended their lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning on a trio of singles. Dunedin answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth when Connor Panas singled, moved to second on a passed ball, and scored on a single by Lane Thomas . The Jays added two more in the fifth on a two-RBI double by Max Pentecost .

After a leadoff single in the top of the eighth, another Dunedin error put an insurance run in scoring position for Jupiter. Brian Schales promptly singled the run home after the fielding mistake by the Blue Jays. The Jays were unable to mount a comeback in the eighth or ninth against Hammerheads reliever Jeff Kinley, who was credited with his third save of the season, and fell for the third straight night.

Sparkman took the loss for the Jays despite not allowing an earned run. Ryan Cook and Philip Walby combined to throw 4.2 innings of relief for Dunedin, each allowing a run, and Danny Young finished the game with a scoreless ninth. Hammerheads starter Jeff Brigham earned his first win of the season, going 5.0 innings and allowing three runs.

The Blue Jays will finish their four-game series against Jupiter tomorrow evening at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium with lefty Angel Perdomo on the mound before heading to Daytona for four games.

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