Florida Crushes Clearwater's Charge, 2-1
CLEARWATER, FLA.: Rusber Estrada delivered the winning RBI double and RHP Daysbel Hernandez wiggled out of a tenth-inning jam to guide the Florida Fire Frogs to a 2-1 win in ten innings and a series sweep on Sunday afternoon at Spectrum Field in front of 1,560.
With placed runner Jordan Rodgers on second in the top of the tenth, Garrison Schwartz recorded a freaky bunt single as first baseman Matt Kroon and catcher Rafael Marchan collided to put runners on the corners. Estrada followed with a double to the left field corner, plating Rodgers for the 2-1 lead.
Carr (3-3) took the loss, allowing a hit and an unearned run over two innings.
Hernandez escaped from a runners at the corners situation in the bottom of the tenth, fanning Kroon and forcing Matt Vierling to pop out to end the game. Hernandez picked up his fourth save while facing four.
Estrada was 2-4 in the contest with two RBIs, recording his second straight multi-hit game since returning from the Injured List. His RBI single in the seventh tied the contest at one immediately after a Schwartz double.
Schwartz advanced his hitting streak to three and his on-base streak to six, enjoying his second three-hit game of his Fire Frogs campaign by slashing 3-4.
Raul Rivas provided the only offense for the Threshers with an RBI knock in the fifth opposite RHP Brooks Wilson, plating Rafael Marchan for a 1-0 Threshers edge. He was 2-3 at the dish with a sacrifice bunt.
Wilson was phenomenal once again in a pitcher's duel, permitting three hits, three walks, and a single tally across six stanzas while not factoring in the decision.
RHP Alex Camacho made his 2019 debut with the Fire Frogs, working around three hits and getting five outs. RHP Matt Withrow (2-2) would replace him in the eighth, securing the final out of that inning and mowing down the Threshers in order in the ninth to earn the victory.
LHP Ethan Lindow left his start on Sunday with a chance to win his second Advanced-A start. He shutout the Fire Frogs over six frames and scattered six hits and four punch outs.
RHP Austin Ross gave up the game-tying single to Estrada in the seventh but settled down to retire Florida in order in the eighth, keeping the game tied.
Madison Stokes was on base three times for the Threshers and was left at third in the tenth when the Fire Frogs sealed the win.
NEXT UP: The Fire Frogs begin a huge three-game series in the race for the FSL North crown with the Tampa Tarpons after Monday's off day. RHP Odalvi Javier (0-2, 5.11) is expected to take the mound for the 6 p.m. start.
The Fire Frogs return for their final home stand at Osceola County Stadium on a 2 for Tuesday. Fans can purchase $2 sodas, two corn dogs for $5, and two pulled pork sandwiches for $8. Stay tuned to these daily specials and the many others we will have throughout the week.
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