Dunedin, FL.--- The Blue Jays have now played as the home team at five different stadiums this year after playing at the PDC, and they have won at four of the five sites.
Josh Winckowski started the day on a high note with his first three innings being shutout frames to keep the Blue Jays square through three and allowing just one hit. The Miracle got going in the 4th with a solo blast from Royce Lewis, but Winckowski stayed locked in to limit the damage. Ryan Noda picked Winckowski up quickly in the next inning, after Demi Orimoloye singled to the left field gap, with a two-run shot over the right field wall to go up 2-1. Fort Myers' lineup kept their scoring going with another run in the 5th inning by way of a Gabriel Maciel single into right field to score Ernie De La Trinidad. It wasn't until the 6th inning where a good outing for Winckowski went a little sideways when Jose Miranda reached second from a throwing error by Kevin Vicuna. Andrew Bechtold singled to drive in Miranda, and then De La Trinidad opened the lead up to 5-2 with a home run that snuck over the right field fence.
Dunedin stayed persistent scrapping across a run in the 6th with a big shot from Demi Orimoloye at scorched over the left field wall in a hurry to cut the lead to 5-3. In the 7th, the Blue Jays made the contest interesting with a Norberto Obeso single that scored Samad Taylor all the way from first, but a pop out from Kevin Vicuna on the field saw the rally come to the end, and the Blue Jays lost game one 5-4.
Since July 18th the Blue Jays have not played in a full nine inning game, and the second game of the doubleheader meant the trend will continue. In the second game the pitching was dominant throughout. Maximo Castillo came out and gave five big innings with no runs allowed. He added eight strikeouts including seven through the first three frames. In the 4th, Castillo found himself in a bases loaded jam, but he induced a fly ball from Yeltsin Encarnacion to end the inning unscathed.
Dunedin gave the run support early for Castillo striking for two runs in the 2nd inning. After Chavez Young was thrown out at home to keep the score tied at zero, Cal Stevenson drove in Kacy Clemens and Samad Taylor to extend his hit streak to six games and take the 2-0 lead.
This is all the help the pitching staff would need as Emerson Jimenez came in the 6th inning giving up no hits, and Jackson Rees followed suit with his first save of the year. The Blue Jays never really threatened again after their scoring in the first, and two outfield assists from Cal Stevenson helped to keep runners off the base paths in the later innings.
The rubber match with start at 1:00 PM back at Jack Russell Stadium against the Fort Myers Miracle with Troy Watson on the mound for Dunedin.
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