A wild series opener took place at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium on Thursday night in the first game against the Florida Fire Frogs this season. Nick Allgeyer was dominate in terms of strikeouts through the first two innings. Five of the first six outs in the game came by way of the strikeouts for Allgeyer, and he finished with six total in his 5.1 IP. The lefty did give up four runs in his outing, but the Blue Jays offense brought run support for Allgeyer to give him the no decision.
The Blue Jays manufactured a run in the first inning off of a Cullen Large sacrifice fly. Dunedin scored the run without recording a hit in the inning. Cal Stevenson reached on a walk, moved to second on a balk by Freddy Tarnok, and Logan Warmoth sent Stevenson to third with a ground out to the right side of the infield.
The Fire Frogs took the lead in the 2nd inning after a couple of singles and a Hagen Owenby double passed Logan Warmoth at shortstop to plate two runs. Dunedin kept their fighting spirit with another Cullen Large RBI, but this time it came by way of a force out by the second base man to score Kevin Vicuna from third. After an exciting first three innings to the ballgame, the scoring opened up in the 6th. A close play at third base by Cullen Large was ruled a no catch in the top of the 6th inning that would load the bases for Florida. Emerson Jimenez came in to keep the damage to a minimum for the Blue Jays in a tough situation. Jimenez gave up a single to the first batter he faced to bring the game to 4-2, but it got out of the frame with a clean double play to keep the Blue Jays within reach.
A double from Alejandro Kirk down the right field line gave Ryan Noda an opportunity to drive in his 25th RBI of the year. He was able to do just that with a opposite field hit to left that scored Kirk, but Noda was caught trying to leg out a double. In the next inning Cal Stevenson took back the lead for Dunedin in style with a slicing line drive to left field. A diving Jefrey Ramos was just out of reach of a spectacular catch, and the ball rolled all the way to the wall in left field. Kevin Vicuna came around to score with ease from second, while Cal Stevenson turned on the jets to get the first inside-the-park home run for Dunedin of the year. He started to run out of gas at the end, but he slide safe into home for a 5-4 lead.
As the Fire Frogs had done earlier in the game, they came back to tie things up in the 8th with a Riley Delgado single to Logan Warmoth at shortstop. The Blue Jays answered right back in the bottom of the 8th inning with a bang. Cullen Large walked to open up the frame, and Ryan Noda followed suit two batters later with a walk of his own. Chavez Young got a pitch to drive, and he lofted a moonshot to right field for a long home run to take the 8-5 lead for the Blue Jays. Dany Jimenez came back for the 9th inning after getting the final out of the 8th inning. He shut the door on the Fire Frogs and picked up his third win of the year. Dany Jimenez has now recorded a save or a win in his last four appearances out of the bullpen for Dunedin.
The Blue Jays look to keep the momentum rolling against the Florida Fire Frogs with another 6:30 pm start time tomorrow night.
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