DAYTONA BEACH, FL.---
Despite Samad Taylor's three hit night, the Blue Jays second baseman was stranded at third in the ninth representing the tying run as Dunedin fell 8-7 in a sloppy game in Daytona Beach.
Daytona took the early lead on a Kevin Vicuna throwing error allowing Lorenzo Cedrola to score from second. The bats woke up for Dunedin in the bottom of the fifth as the D-Jays batted around for the fifth time this season, sending 10 men to the plate, and scoring six runs. Demi Orimoloye and Norberto Obeso both reached base via singles to put two runners aboard. Samad Taylor then hammered a single back up the middle into center allowing Orimoloye to score. A Kevin Vicuna walk knocked RHP Michael Byrne out of his start. Cal Stevenson drew a bases loaded walk against new RHP Aneurys Zabala. The next hitter Cal Stevenson provided the big blow with a bases clearing double to give the Blue Jays the 6-1 lead after five.
Daytona stormed back with three runs in the sixth and seventh innings and take a 7-6 lead on the six unanswered runs outburst. Cal Stevenson led off the bottom of the seventh with an opposite field homerun off of RHP Mac Sceroler to tie the game at seven all. In the top of the ninth, Daytona took the lead for good, sending seven men to the plate and scoring the go-ahead run on the RBI single off the bat of Jose Garcia in the top of the ninth.
The Blue Jays failed to score in the bottom of the frame when Samad Taylor was stranded at third sending the Blue Jays to their ninth loss of the year. RHP Justin Dillon started and pitched 5.2 innings, striking out seven and scattering four hits. The Blue Jays' lead in the FSL North Division standings has been trimmed to 2.5 games over second place Daytona and Dunedin is now 1-4 in one run games.
For the first time in 2019, the Dunedin Blue Jays defeat the Daytona Tortugas by the 8-2 final at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The Blue Jays set the tone early in the bottom of the first with two runs scored off of LHP Reiver Sanmartin. Cal Stevenson started the rally and came around to score on Cullen Large's looping single to right. Large advanced to third on a wild-pitch and scored on Ryan Noda's RBI groundout to make it 2-0 Dunedin.
In the bottom of the third, Dunedin sent nine men to the plate and knocked Sanmartin out of his start. Kevin Vicuna and Cal Stevenson singled and were driven in by Cullen Large who pushed a bases clearing double down the right field line. Two batters later, Christian Williams drilled a double to right center scoring Large. The rally was capped off when Christopher Bec flared a single to left allowing Williams to plate the fourth run of the inning and expand the Blue Jays lead to 6-0.
Christian Williams lifted his second home run of the year over the wall in left in the bottom of the fifth, and Samad Taylor's sacrifice fly registered the eighth Blue Jays run of the night . On the flip side, RHP Nate Pearson made the start and breezed through two innings of scoreless pitching. RHP Turner Larkins came out of the pen in relief and notched his third win of the year. Larkins finished the night throwing four innings, and striking out seven. In total, the Blue Jays pitching staff recorded a season high 16 strikeouts.
Dunedin defeated the Daytona Tortugas by the 6-2 final in the finale of the three game series at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The combination of righties Graham Spraker and Matt Shannon retired 14 hitters in a row from the third to the eighth innings. Spraker pitched five solid innings and registered four strikeouts on the way to his third win of the year.
The Blue Jays cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the first when Ryan Noda lifted a fly ball to right that allowed Cal Stevenson to score to put Dunedin ahead 1-0. After a brief stoppage in the action because of a rain, Daytona tied the game when Andy Sugilio looped a single to left center allowing Lorenzo Cedrola to score.
The scoring for Daytona was shut down after that as Spraker and Shannon sat down 16 of next 17 hitters. In the bottom of the fourth, Ryan Noda lifted a fly ball into the jet stream and tucked it over the wall in left for his third homerun of the year. Cal Stevenson smacked a homerun to left in the sixth, and in the seventh Dunedin virtually put the game out of reach. Norberto Obeso and Samad Taylor both reached base via the single and that brought up Hunter Steinmetz who was making his D-Jays debut tonight. Hunter got a pitch to hit at the bottom of the zone and served a three run shot over the left field wall to extend the Dunedin lead to 6-1.
Despite adding a run late, Daytona was left without any extra base hits in the game. After winning their sixth series of the year, the official home stand now shifts to Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater for game one of a three game series tomorrow night. The first pitch is set for 6:30 E.T. RHP Maximo Castillo (1-2, 2.33) makes the start tomorrow for the Blue Jays against a starter to be named later for St. Lucie.
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