Blue Jays Sweep Tortugas to Finish the Six-game Road Trip with Four Wins

Kacy Clemens hits a home run in each of the three games

By Jim Tarabocchia and Andrew Thriffiley / Dunedin Blue Jays | July 1, 2019 12:24 PM

Game 1

The Blue Jays returned to Daytona for their final away series against the Tortugas after previously being swept in their last road series in April. Dunedin came out hot early with a big 1st inning. They recorded four hits with one being a big fly from Kacy Clemens to drive in three runs. Ryan Noda drove in Christopher Bec a few batters later.

Nick Allgeyer was dominate in his outing through the first four innings of work. He allowed two hits through the early frames, and he kept the Tortugas scoreless after getting the early lead. Dunedin gave Allgeyer even more of a cushion courtesy of a home run, this time by Demi Orimoloye. The inning finished with three runs scored after Christopher Bec doubled in Kacy Clemens. The Tortugas broke the scoreless drought for them in the 5th with two runs crossing off an Alejo Lopez single.

Dunedin would finish with 12 runs scored with four batters getting multiple hits, and all nine starters contributed to the team total 15 hits on the day. Mike Ellenbest and Kyle Weatherly each got two innings out of the bullpen combining to allow just three hits in the final four innings. The Blue Jays started the series with a win, and they looked to continue the winning through the rest of the road trip.

 Game 2

For the second consecutive night, Dunedin scored four runs in the top of the first and took down the Daytona Tortugas by the final score of 8-4.

Demi Orimoloye stayed hot at the plate and homered for the second consecutive night. With two aboard in the first, Orimoloye smashed a three-run shot over the left field wall to give Dunedin the 3-0 lead. Kacy Clemens followed up with a solo shot to right to give the Blue Jays the early 4-0 lead.

Daytona rallied with four runs of their own in the bottom of the second. Jonathan India kick-started the rally with a walk that was followed by Jose Garcia's two-run homerun. Hendrick Clementina and Drew Mount both singled to put runners at the corners for Mark Kolozsvary. RHP Julian Merryweather uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Clementina to score from third to cut the Blue Jays lead to one. Two batters later, Bruce Yari singled to center to score Mount to tie the score at four all.

The score would stay tied until the top of the sixth when Cullen Large drove in his first run since coming off the Injured List with a double to score Samad Taylor. On the very next pitch, Cal Stevenson scored from third on a wild pitch from righty Diomar Lopez to give Dunedin the 6-4 lead. Chavez Young doubled in Clemens in the seventh and Alejandro Kirk drilled a single to center to score Stevenson to give the Blue Jays the 8-4 lead and eventual win.

RHP Emerson Jimenez notched the win out of the pen, while righty Josh Winckowski registered the save after tossing four scoreless innings out of the pen.

 

Game 3

The Blue Jays completed the three game sweep of the Daytona Tortugas by the final score of 11-9 in a four-hour affair in Daytona Beach.

Daytona flipped the script and scored four runs off RHP Maximo Castillo in the bottom of the first. With two aboard, Hendrick Clementina continued his torrid pace against the Blue Jays in 2019 and cracked a three-run bomb to left. Drew Mount then walked, stole second and later scored on the RBI single from Yonathan Mendoza. Dunedin struck right back in the top of the second. Kacy Clemens and Christopher Bec drew back-to-back walks to put two aboard. Ryan Noda smacked a double to center to score Clemens. Three batters later, Cal Stevenson drove in a run with a single, followed by a Kevin Vicuna RBI single and a Cullen Large RBI double to give the Blue Jays the 5-4 lead.

Hendrick Clementina struck again with a two-run homerun to center to give the lead right back to the Tortugas in the bottom of the third. The two teams exchanged runs in the fourth and fifth innings, and on the strength of a four run sixth, the Blue Jays took the lead for good. Hot hitting Demi Orimoloye continued the best stretch of his season with a two run single. The next batter Kacy Clemens drilled a two-run homer the opposite way to left-center to cap off the four-run inning.

The Blue Jays added an insurance run in the seventh to make it 11-7 and bullpen combination of RHPs Jackson Rees and Brad Wilson put a stop to a Daytona late rally despite giving up two late runs in the eighth. Although Maximo Castillo gave up seven earned runs in five innings, Maximo picked up his first win on the mound since May 28th. On the flip side, Cullen Large, Demi Orimoloye, and Kacy Clemens totaled a combined five runs batted in to lead the D-Jays offensive attack.

Dunedin returns home tomorrow for a quick three game series against the Florida Fire Frogs. The first pitch from Jack Russell Memorial Stadium is set for 6:30 E.T. tomorrow evening in Clearwater, FL.

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