Dalton Pompey picked up right where he left off in Dunedin in the first game of his rehab assignment as he recovers from a concussion suffered in the World Baseball Classic in March. The Toronto outfielder hit .319 and stole 29 bases in his last appearance in a Dunedin Blue Jays uniform in 2014. In his first game back in Dunedin, Pompey picked up hits from both sides of the plate, finishing 3-4 with a double, three RBIs, a walk, and a stolen base.
Despite Pompey's great game, the Dunedin Blue Jays (29-23) fell 9-6 on Tuesday night to the Jupiter Hammerheads (20-31). Jupiter took the lead early, scoring single runs in the first and second innings off of Dunedin starting pitcher Jordan Romano. Max Pentecost put the Jays on the board in the fourth with a solo home run off the scoreboard in centerfield at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. The Jays strung four singles together in the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead, highlighted by an RBI single by Pompey and a squeeze bunt single by Cavan Biggio.
The lead didn't last long. The Jays turned to the bullpen in the sixth after Romano had thrown 5.0 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out five. Two singles and a walk off reliever Connor Eller loaded the bases for Jupiter in the sixth, but Eller limited them to just one run on a sacrifice fly.
Things fell apart for the Jays in the seventh. With one out, John Silviano followed a Dustin Gieger double with a home run to give Jupiter the lead back. From there, a walk, three wild pitches, a defensive error, and a passed ball put Jupiter up 7-3.
Two singles and another fielding error gave Jupiter two more runs in the eighth. Dunedin attempted a late comeback, scoring in the eighth following a Pentecost triple and twice more in the ninth on a Pompey double but their late rally fell short with the tying run at the plate in the ninth.
Both Pompey and Pentecost had three hits for Dunedin on the night, and Carl Wise and D.J. Davis each had two. The Dunedin offense had 13 hits, but sloppy play (five unearned runs allowed) kept Dunedin out of the win column. They will be back in action against Jupiter tomorrow night looking to extend their lead in the Florida State League's North Division with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30 PM.
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