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The Blue Jays Take on the Threshers in Game Three

August 14, 2019 - Florida State League (FSL) - Dunedin Blue Jays News Release

FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN: Dunedin defeated Clearwater by the final score of 8-3 last night at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, FL. RHP Kyle Johnston (1-2) picked up his first win in a Dunedin uniform, and despite walking seven, made some big pitches on his way to the five inning winning performance. Offensively, the Blue Jays scored runs in their first three plate appearances. In the top of the first Chavez Young extended his hitting streak to a career best 13 games with a single to right-center to score Reggie Pruitt. In the second, Nick Podkul lifted a homer to over the wall in left center, and Ryan Noda drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in third to make it 3-0 Dunedin. Clearwater tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on Ben Aklinski two-run homerun to left. Dalton Guthrie scored later in the inning on a pass ball. The tie wouldn't last long as Ryan Noda drilled a two-run shot to right and knocking RHP Andrew Brown out of the game in the process in the Jays half of the fifth. Dunedin pushed across a run in the sixth, and in the eighth, Dunedin loaded the bases with no outs. Young smacked a single up the middle to drive in a run, and Noda registered his fourth RBI of the game with a sac-fly to push the score to its' 8-3 final.

TONIGHT'S ACTION: The Blue Jays and the Clearwater Threshers play game three of the four game series. The Jays are seeking their sixth consecutive win and currently hold a 2.5 game lead over second place Tampa in the Florida State League second half North Division standings with a 29-24 second half record. Dunedin will be seeking their second consecutive series win and hold a 39-22 record against North Division opponents this season.

AGAINST CLEARWATER: Dunedin travels 15 minutes down the road to take on the Clearwater Threshers at Spectrum Field for the third game of a four game set and the final series in the regular season between the two North Division geographical rivals in 2019. Tonight's ballgame marks the 16th of 17 matchups in the 2019 campaign. The D-Jays are searching for their third series win against the Threshers, and with a win tonight would win their second straight, and fourth consecutive season series against Clearwater. Dating back to 2016, Dunedin's record sits at 37-28 overall against their division combatant.

DOG DAYS: Today's affair marks the 17th game in a stretch of 22 games in 23 days. The string of games continues tonight and will conclude on August 18th in an afternoon contest against the Tampa Tarpons. All 22 games will be played at the opponents ballpark with six serving as official home games for the D-Jays and counting towards their overall home record in 2019. The final off-day of the 2019 campaign will be on Monday, the 20th, followed by a stretch of 14 games in a row before the start of the 2019 Florida State League Post-season...Dunedin has also played four doubleheaders (eight games) dating back to July 23rd.

BACK ON TOP: Despite a recent rough patch where the Blue Jays lost 9 of 13, Dunedin has flipped the script and have won their last five games. The D-Jays have leapt right back into first place in the Florida State League second half North Division standings after winning the first half crown and punching their ticket to the post-season. In total, Dunedin has spent a league best 116 of the 130 days of the 2019 season sitting tied or all alone at the top in first place in the North Division...Finally, the Jays overall record sits at 70-48, and have surpassed the 69 wins total from 2018. The high water wins mark serves as the third time in the last four years the Blue Jays have won at least 70 games.


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