KISSIMMEE, FL -Wennington Romero took a perfect game into the seventh inning, but did not factor in the decision, as the Tortugas won, 2-1, in 10 innings Sunday at Osceola County Stadium. It was the first extra inning game of the season, and the first under the new rules that place a runner at second inning to start each inning.
The Tortugas scored the first run of the day in the top of the fourth, when Taylor Trammell led the inning off with a single, and Mitch Nay drove him in with a double for his second RBI of the season.
That was plenty of run support for Romero, who lost his perfect game on a two-out single from Brett Cumberland in the seventh inning. Following the single, Jared James doubled into the right field corner. Daniel Sweet cut it off in right field, threw it to Carlos Rivero at second, who then relayed the throw to Cassidy Brown behind the plate in time to prevent Cumberland from scoring from first.
The Fire Frogs would, however, tie the game in the bottom of the ninth off of Tortugas reliever LHP Kevin Canelon. Marcus Mooney led off the inning with a double, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Christian Pache drove him in with a one out triple to left field. Canelon was pulled for RHP Jesse Stallings with two outs, who got Jordan Rodgers do ground out to send it to extras.
Thanks to the new MiLB extra inning rule, Daniel Sweet, who made the final out in the ninth, led off the tenth inning on second. He would advance to third on a wild pitch, and come in to score on a Carlos Rivero RBI single to left.
Rodgers led off the bottom of the tenth on second, and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, but Stallings would strand him right there, as he got Mooney to fly out to right to end the game.
Stallings (1-0) picked up the win in relief, working 1 1/3 scoreless innings, while walking one and striking out one.
Sean McLaughlin (0-1) was handed the loss. He tossed two innings, allowed two hits and gave up the winning run, which is ruled unearned.
The Tortugas (3-1) kick off a week-long homestand Monday night against the Charlotte Stone Crabs with their first Belly Buster Monday.
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: Dating back to last year, Daytona has defeated Florida in seven of their last eight contests… The Tortugas have been hit-by-a-pitch in all four games this season, five total… Romero threw just 70 pitches to get through seven, with 51 for strikes… Romero recorded 10 of the first 20 outs on two or fewer pitches, and faced just two three-ball counts during his 22 batters faced.
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