Sanchez Solid in Debut, Florida Drops Finale
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Florida Fire Frogs took aim at a four-game series split against the Fort Myers Miracle on Sunday afternoon, but fell short in a 3-2 loss at Osceola County Stadium. The Fire Frogs wrapped up their seven-game homestand with a 1-6 mark, with the only victory coming on Saturday's walk-off.
Filyer Sanchez made his High-A debut after being added to the Fire Frogs roster earlier in the day. The 21-year-old stranded two runners on base in both the first and second innings, but allowed a run on an RBI double by Alex Kirilloff to put Florida (16-30, 45-67) behind by a run.
The southpaw finished the afternoon with just the one run allowed on four hits, three walks and three strikeouts. The San Felipe, Venezuela native's 82 pitches, 49 hummed in for strikes.
The home team responded with a run of its own in the bottom half of the third frame. Three consecutive singles from Lucas Herbert (2x4, R), Marcus Mooney (3x4, R, 2B) and Drew Waters (1x5) loaded the bases to start the inning against Charlie Barnes, and Riley Delgado (3x4, 2 RBI, BB) drew a free pass to force home Herbert to tie the game at a run apiece.
Barnes struck out CJ Alexander (0x5) and Braxton Davidson (0x4), and retired Greyson Jenista (1x4) on a fly out to center to end the Fire Frogs' threat.
Florida jumped ahead with another RBI by Delgado in the fifth. The shortstop drove home Mooney from third with one out for the 2-1 edge. The Miami native finished the game with his third straight three-hit performance. Over the course of the four-game series, the 23-year-old went 10-for-18 with three runs scored, a double and four runs driven in.
Tyler Watson (0-1) made his team debut, and retired the first five batters he faced before Fort Myers (29-20, 57-60) pieced together a two-out rally against the southpaw in the seventh.
Royce Lewis tripled to put the tying run 90 ft. away, and Taylor Grzelakowski drove the runner home with a double. Jose Miranda pushed the visitors ahead with an RBI single to left to give the Florida bullpen its fifth blown save in as many chances in August.
The Fire Frogs had the tying run in scoring position in the ninth inning with Mooney at second and Delgado at first, but Alexander flew out to center to end the homestand.
Florida heads to the road to start a seven-game road trip with the opener of a four-game series against the St. Lucie Mets from First Data Field on Monday night. RHP Huascar Ynoa (0-2, 18.00) takes the mound in the opener for the Fire Frogs, while it has yet to be announced who will counter the right-hander for the Mets. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
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