Florida Drops Finale to Daytona, 3-0

Fire Frogs wrap up inaugural season with loss at Jackie Robinson Ballpark

(Thaddeus Krzus)

By Thaddeus Krzus / Florida Fire Frogs | September 3, 2017 8:20 PM ET

DAYTONA, Fla (Sept. 3, 2017) - The Florida Fire Frogs wrapped up their inaugural season with a 3-0 loss to the Daytona Tortugas on Sunday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The Fire Frogs finished 7-7 against the Tortugas in 2017, and were handed their eighth series sweep of the season.

 

Daytona (20-48, 53-81) plated the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Brantley Bell, plating Blake Butler for the go-ahead run against Matt Withrow (0-1).

 

Butler (SV, 1) had a night to remember, as the 23-year- played all nine positions, and picked up his first career save with a scoreless ninth. The Fire Frogs did manage to put two runners on with one out in the final frame, but Alejandro Salazar bounced into a game-ending double play (1x4).

 

The Tortugas tacked on two more runs with two sac flies in the sixth against Withrow to put Florida (23-40, 48-82) in a three-run deficit.

 

Withrow picked up a quality start, despite suffering the loss. The 23-year-old allowed three runs on six hits, three walks and two strikeouts on 91 pitches (64 strikes).

 

Wyatt Strahan (2-6) picked up the win for Daytona, as the right-hander scattered four knocks while issuing just one walk and punching out four.

 

The Fire Frogs will take the next seven months off before returning to action in April, 2018.

 

About the Florida Fire Frogs

 

The Florida Fire Frogs are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and compete in the Florida State League. The Fire Frogs play their home games at Osceola County Stadium, located at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. For more information, please visit www.FloridaFireFrogs.com, and follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

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