Florida Fire Frogs Game Notes: May 17, 2018
TODAY'S GAMES: Games three and four of a four-game series against the St. Lucie Mets at Osceola County Stadium (1-1)....Games three and four of a seven-game homestand against St. Lucie and the Clearwater Threshers (1-1)...Florida has won the previous two series against St. Lucie in 2018, including taking two of three in Kissimmee from April 17-19...The Fire Frogs are 8-14 against the Mets in their history, including 5-7 at home.
TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS: 22-year-old Tucker Davidson makes his eighth start of the season in game three of the four-game series against the Mets on Thursday afternoon...The Amarillo, Texas native entered the 2018 season as the 13th- (Baseball America) and 23rd- (MLB.com) ranked prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization...The 6'2" southpaw earned his first win of the season on May 10, allowing six runs on six hits, four walks and two strikeouts against the Tampa Tarpons at George M. Steinbrenner Field...The product of Midland College tossed 92 pitches, with 54 going for strikes...Thursday will be Davidson's second career start against the Mets...The 2016 draft pick held St. Lucie to two runs on three hits, two walks and four punchouts through four frames in a no-decision at Osceola County Stadium on April 18.
20-year-old Joey Wentz makes his eighth start in the finale of the four-game set against St. Lucie on Thursday night...The 6'5" lefty entered the 2018 season as the 10th-ranked prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization, according to MLB.com...he Shawnee Mission East High School product suffered his second loss of the season on May 11 against the Tampa Tarpons at George M. Steinbrenner Field...The southpaw allowed five runs on two hits, a career-high, six walks and just one strikeout in 1.2 innings...Thursday will be Wentz's second career start against the Mets. The 2016 CBA pick shutout the New York Mets affiliate through five innings on just three hits and six punchouts at Osceola County Stadium on April 19.
FLORIDA SPLITS TWIN BILL WITH ST. LUCIE: The Florida Fire Frogs and St. Lucie Mets split their doubleheader at Osceola County Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, with the home team falling in game one, 4-3, and taking game two, 4-2. Florida is now 3-3-4 all-time in twin bills.
Florida took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning on a two-run single to center off the bat of Garrison Schwartz, but Thomas Burrows and Sean McLaughlin could not lock down the top of the seventh, as the pair of relievers allowed two runs to score.
The Fire Frogs started the scoring early in game two with an RBI single from Brett Cumberland in the first, before the Mets tied the game with a run of their own in the top of the second. Florida pulled back ahead with a two-spot in the second, and added an insurance run in the fourth.
WALKER'S WAGES: Jeremy Walker tossed his third quality start of the season in game two of Tuesday's doubleheader...The right-hander limited St. Lucie to two runs on six hits and two walks over six frames for his first win of the season...The product of Gardner-Webb leads the team in quality starts in 2018, passing Bryse Wilson for the team lead.
HOLY KEV-BOT!: After having just two hits in his previous eight games, Kevin Josephina had two hits in the back end of the twin bill...The switch-hitting infielder also drove in two runs, accounting for a third of his total RBI total with the Fire Frogs this season.
MOONEY TALKS: Marcus Mooney had his second multi-hit performance in the 4-2 win over the Mets...The 24-year-old also scored to of the club's four runs, tying a season-high for the product of South Carolina.
ROSTER MOVES: Infielder Kurt Hoekstra has been transferred to the Fire Frogs roster from the Rome Braves...The 24-year-old appeared in 32 games at the Low-A level in 2018, batting .255 with two homers and 15 RBI for Rome...To make room for Hoekstra, infielder Kevin Josephina was transferred to Extended Spring Training.
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