DAYTONA BEACH, FL -Bruce Yari's RBI single to center field gave the Daytona Tortugas their seventh straight win, beating the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 7-6, Thursday night at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The Tortugas (7-1) are off to the best start for Daytona in over 14 years.
Charlotte got on the board two batters into the game on a Josh Lowe single, scoring Lucius Fox. Lowe would later come in to score on a
Brantley Bell throwing error, before the Stone Crabs made it 3-0 on a Jesus Sanchez infield single.
Charlotte extended their lead to 4-0 in the next inning on a Josh Lowe sacrifice fly.
Daytona responded in the bottom half, as Malik Collymore drove in Tyler Stephenson for the Tortugas first run. The single broke an 0-for-11 drought for Collymore, giving him his first career hit in 19 at-bats against Charlotte.
But the Stone Crabs got the run right back a half inning later, on a Nate Lowe single and added on a frame later with a Robbie Tenerowicz single to run the lead to 6-1.
The Tortugas would cut into the deficit with three in the bottom of the fourth. After Bruce Yari's first hit of 2018, he was driven in by a Daniel Sweet triple. Collymore followed with a triple of his own to drive in Sweet. Bell then added the third consecutive extra-base hit to make it 6-4.
Daytona would tie the game at six in the bottom of the seventh. Stephenson started the two-out rally by getting hit with a two-strike pitch. Mitch Nay would drive him in with a double, and come into score on a game-tying single from Yari to left field.
After RHP Jesse Stallings came out of the bullpen and pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, the Tortugas would win it in the bottom half. Luis Gonzalez and Stephenson led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and moved into scoring position on a Nay fielder's choice ground out. Yari then played hero, by driving a single straight up the middle for the walk-off victory.
Stallings (2-0) picked up his second win in relief. He threw just eight pitches out of the pen, retiring the Stone Crabs in order in the ninth. The righty has yet to allow a hit in his 4 1/3 innings of relief.
RHP Reimin Ramos (0-1) gave up the final three runs, on five hits, over his 2 1/3 innings, suffering the first blown save for the Charlotte bullpen.
The weeklong homestand will continue with the Jupiter Hammerheads coming in to town for a weekend series at The Jack. RHP Ryan Olson (1-0, 5.40 ERA) will get the ball in the series opener for the Tortugas, following his five-inning complete game in the rain-shortened win on Saturday.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM, with coverage beginning at 6:50 PM with The Metcare Pregame Show on AM 1230, AM 1490, and FM 106.9 WSBB.
NOTES: The Daytona Tortugas have won 7-straight games, their longest winning streak since july, 2014… Luis Gonzalez extended his hitting-streak to 17 straight, dating back to 2017. It's the longest active streak in MiLB… The series sweep is the first for the Tortugas against Charlotte since July, 2010… Jesse Stallings became the first Tortuga pitcher to pitch on back-to-back games, tossing less then 8 pitches in both appearances… The Tortugas are 4-0 in games Stallings pitches… Daytona's bullpen gave up just one run in 6 2/3 innings of relief… Thursday was the first game the Tortugas trailed after six innings… Daytona erased 4+ run deficits for a victory in back-to-back days… For the second straight year, Bruce Yari snapped out of an 0-for-13 drought with a three hit game.
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