Florida Fire Frogs Game Notes: August 26, 2018
TODAY'S GAME: Finale of a three-game series against the Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) from Osceola County Stadium (0-2)...Finale of a six-game six-game homestand against the Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) and Flying Tigers (1-4)...Florida is coming off a series loss to the Hammerheads to open the homestand after dropping the rubber match on Thursday night...Fourth, and final, series (13 games) between Florida and Lakeland in 2018, with Florida leading the trailing the series, 4-8...The Fire Frogs dropped a three-game series at home against the Detroit Tigers' affiliate at Osceola County Stadium from April 20-22...Final home game of 2018.
TODAY'S STARTING PITCHER: 23-year-old Jeremy Walker makes his 25th start of 2018 in the finale of the three-game series against the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Sunday morning...The 6'5" earned his fourth win of the season with seven shutout frames against the Jupiter Hammerheads on Aug. 21...The 6-foot-5 hurler scattered four hits, walked only one, and collected nine strikeouts on a season-high, 102 pitches (69 strikes)...Sunday will be Walker's third start against the Flying Tigers...The Gardner-Webb product is 0-1 in two starts against the Detroit Tigers affiliate, allowing 10 runs (eight earned) on 12 hits, seven walks and three strikeouts in just 8.1 innings...The Advance, N.C. native faced off against Lakeland at Osceola County Stadium on April 22, not factoring into the decision of a 4-3 loss with two runs allowed on four knocks, four free passes and two punchouts.
VOLQUEZ'S QUALITY START FALLS SHORT IN LOSS TO LAKELAND: The Florida Fire Frogs dropped their fourth consecutive game in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Osceola County Stadium. The skid comes on the heals of a two-game winning streak, and hands the Atlanta Braves affiliate its 22nd series loss of the season.
Albinson Volquez allowed just one run in his High-A debut, scattering three hits with five walks and three strikeouts. The one run allowed came without the benefit of a hit in the first inning, where the 21-year-old walked two batters and hit a man to load the bases with nobody out to start the night. After a fly out by Daniel Pinero, Kody Clemens lifted a sacrifice fly to left for the first run of the night for Lakeland.
Florida's lone run came in a 5-0 deficit in the eight inning. William Contreras doubled home CJ Anderson for the Fire Frogs' only tally of the night, snapping a scoreless streak of 17 innings.
LET THE WATER FLOW: Drew Waters' hitting streak came to a close at nine games with an 0-for-4 night at the dish on Saturday night...The 19-year-old did extend his on-base streak to a team-high 14 games with a walk in the third...The 2017 second-round draft pick is hitting .327 since the streak began on Aug. 10.
SPOILER ALERT: With the Fire Frogs being eliminated from playoff contention, the team's role through the remaining nine games will be to play "spoiler." Of the remaining contests, five are against teams in the top two of their respective divisions (LAK - one game/3.5 games back, CHA - four games/one-game lead).
JUMPING IN THE SHOW: Former Florida starter Bryse Wilson made his big league debut with the Atlanta Braves on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, earning the win with no runs allowed on three hits, three walks and five strikeouts across five frames...The Braves 13th-ranked prospect (MLB.com) became the seventh Fire Frog to make it to the show, joining LHP A.J. Minter, LHP Luiz Gohara, LHP Adam McCreery, RHP Chad Sobotka, RHP Touki Toussaint and OF Ronald Acuna...The 20-year-old appeared in only five games at the High-A level this season, posting a 2-0 record with an ERA of just 0.34 (1er/26.2ip).
BUILDING THE PIPELINE: MLB Pipeline revealed its updated prospect rankings, and nine Atlanta Braves farmhands cracked the top-100...Of the nine, seven either currenlty played, or have previously played for the Fire Frogs: Kyle Wright (24), Ian Anderson (38), Austin Riley (43), Cristian Pache (57), Luiz Gohara (61), Touki Toussaint (76), and Drew Waters (98).
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