Mount Helps Daytona Climb Past Lakeland, 4-3
LAKELAND, Fla. - Following up his clutch performance on Monday, LF Drew Mount picked up a pair of hits and runs batted in, as the Daytona Tortugas vanquished the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Trailing 1-0 in the second, SS Yonathan Mendoza (1-3, 2 R, BB, 2 SO) reached on a one-out walk. With the runner in motion, Mount (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SO) uncorked a shot down the right-field line. Mendoza scored all the way from first on the former Kansas State Wildcats' double to tie it up at one.
In the fourth, Mount delivered again. A free pass to 1B Bruce Yari (0-3, R, BB, SO) and a single by Mendoza put men at first and third with one out. Mount then slapped a single back through the middle. Yari scored and Mendoza went to third on the RBI knock, giving Daytona (35-30) the lead, 2-1. 2B Dylan Harris (0-4, RBI, SO) made it a 3-1 affair, as he brought home another tally with a ground out to second.
The Tortugas received some insurance in the seventh. DH Alejo López (3-4, R, SO) reached with a two-out single to keep the frame alive. On a 1-2 pitch, 3B Jonathan India (1-4, 3B, RBI, SO) ripped a ball over first base and into the right-field corner. López scored from first base, as India slid into third with an RBI triple, extending the visitor's advantage to three, 4-1.
Added run support was necessary, as Lakeland's (29-36) offense sprung to life in the bottom of the seventh. RF Dylan Rosa (2-4, R, HR, RBI, SO) began the inning by cracking a deep fly ball off the batter's eye in dead center. The solo shot - his fifth of the season - pulled the Flying Tigers to within two, 4-2.
With two away, the rally began again. DH Jon Rosoff (1-3, R, BB, SO) and SS Luke Sherley (1-3) collected back-to-back singles, while CF Brock Deatherage (2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI) - who drove in the game's first run with a home run to left in the first - added a run-producing single to left to pull Lakeland within a run, 4-3.
That was as close as they would get, as RHP Julio Pinto (2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, SO) induced a ground out to second to end the rally. From that point on, Pinto and RHP Ryan Nutof (1.0 IP, 3 SO) combined to retire the last six batters the Flying Tigers sent to the plate to seal the victory.
RHP Austin Orewiler (6.0 IP, 3 H, R, ER, BB, SO) was impressive once again, as the 26-year-old yielded one run in six innings to earn his third win of the season. Lakeland's RHP Garrett Hill (5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO) issued three runs in five frames, suffering his first Florida State League loss. By recording the final three outs, Nutof garnered his league-leading ninth save.
Daytona will attempt to complete the sweep on Thursday, as RHP Mac Sceroler (3-1, 3.89 ERA) is slated to take the mound in the final game of the season's first half. The Flying Tigers are scheduled to counter with North Division All-Star LHP Tarik Skubal (3-4, 3.08 ERA).
The Tortugas Pre-Game Show will kick off the broadcast at 6:15 p.m. ET, leading up to the 6:30 p.m. ET start at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Thursday evening's game can be heard on www.daytonatortugas.com or via the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps.
Following the All-Star break, the Daytona Tortugas will return home on Monday, June 17, to open up a three-game series against the Florida Fire Frogs, the High-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. We kick off the season's second half in style with Opening Night 2.0 featuring live music and other fun activities throughout the night. It will also be another Belly Buster Monday presented by Marco's Pizza. Starting at just $13, fans can enjoy all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, and popcorn included with their game ticket.
Multi-game plans and single-game tickets are still currently available and can be purchased online at www.daytonatortugas.com, or by calling the Tortugas' Ticket Office at (386) 257-3172.
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