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Seven Unearned Runs Lead to Home Loss

May 31, 2017 - Florida State League (FSL) - Dunedin Blue Jays News Release

A pair of errors proved very costly for the Dunedin Blue Jays (29-24) in their final game of the month of May, a 10-2 loss to the Jupiter Hammerheads (21-31). With the loss, the Blue Jays will enter June tied for first place with the Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League's North Division with 17 games left to decide the first half title.

The Blue Jays pitching staff allowed 10 runs to the Hammerheads in the loss Wednesday night, however just three of those runs were earned due to two defensive errors made by Dunedin. Rehabbing Buffalo righty Lucas Harrell started for the Jays and allowed one run over 2.1 innings on four hits. He threw 42 pitches and struck out two. RHP Conor Fisk took the mound in the third inning in relief of Harrell having thrown 6.0 or more innings and allowed 3 or less earned runs in six consecutive outings and fell one out short of extending his streak. Fisk threw 5.2 innings, allowing nine runs, just two of which were earned. RHP Kender Villegas threw a scoreless ninth for the Jays, striking out two.

Offensively, the Jays took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. CF Lane Thomas led off the inning with a single and was promptly scored when the next batter, DH Juan Kelly, lined a double to deep centerfield. 3B Carl Wise singled to move Kelly to third, and Kelly came in to score on an RBI groundout by C Ryan Hissey.

After Jupiter responded with a run in the third, Dunedin led 2-1 until the sixth inning. With one out in the sixth, Jupiter 3B Junior Arrojo hit a hard smash on the ground that Wise was unable to field cleanly at third. Two singles, a double, a fielder's choice, and a home run put six runs on the board for Jupiter in the inning, all unearned following the error at third base.

Jupiter added three more runs in the eighth inning on a home run off the bat of CF Zach Sullivan with two runners on, one of which who had reached on an error. Dunedin's offense was unable to get any sort of comeback going, mustering just one hit after the second inning.

The loss brings to a close what was otherwise a successful month of May for the Jays. They posted a .552 winning percentage for the month and moved into first place despite hitting just .231 thanks to a pitching staff that finished May with a 3.24 ERA. They will be in action again tomorrow for the third game of their four game series with Jupiter at home with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30 PM.

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