Clearwater, FL.--- For the first time in a Dunedin Blue Jays uniform, Simeon Woods Richardson took the mound following a trade with the Mets.
Woods Richardson was nearly unhittable to start his Blue Jays stint with four strikeouts through the first three innings, and he allowed no hits or walks in the opening innings. The 18-year old became the first to start in a Florida State League game since Sixto Sanchez in 2017 with the Clearwater Threshers. The run support didn't follow for the young starter tonight as the team had one hit in the first four innings. Meanwhile, the Marauders were able to stay patient at the plate to get to Woods Richardson. He walked three of the first four batters in the inning, and Deon Stafford doubled over Chavez Young's head to clear the bases and go up 3-0. This hit was the only one recorded for the starter, but his night ended in 3.2 innings pitched.
The Marauders kept things going in the 5th with a Cal Mitchell single to score Travis Swaggerty, and the Blue Jays needed to try and get a rally going. Ryan Noda was able to add to his Florida State League leading RBI total with a double down the right field line to score Demi Orimoloye, making it his 59 RBI of the year. Dunedin was able to get multiple hits through the 7th and 8th innings, but only one run crossed the rest of the game thanks to a Cullen Large double off the wall in right. Prior, Bradenton kept adding to their lead steadily with two runs in the 7th off of 2019 31st round draft pick, Blake Sanderson, and one more run came around in the 8th after Sanderson walked a couple of batters, Jackson Rees gave up a bases loaded walk to score Dylan Busby.
The final tally was 7-2 in favor of the Marauders, but the Blue Jays will look to avenge the loss tomorrow with the first pitch set for 6:30 on a Jays Win, You Win Saturday.
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