Offensive Explosion Propels Florida to Victory

Castro, Nevarez and Salazar combine for seven hits at the bottom of the lineup

(Tim Holle)

By Thaddeus Krzus / Florida Fire Frogs | April 16, 2017 5:44 PM ET

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (April 16, 2017) - The Florida Fire Frogs used an offensive explosion to snap a four-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, as the Atlanta Braves High-A affiliate pounded out 10 runs on 15 hits in the 10-1 victory over the St. Lucie Mets at First Data Field.

For a seventh consecutive game, the Fire Frogs struck first, using an RBI single off the bat of Jonathan Morales (1x4, R, 2B, 2 BB) to bring home Tyler Neslony (1x4, R, 2B, 2 BB) for the 1-0 lead.

Luiz Gohara (1-0) kept the Mets off the board in the bottom half of the inning, and the offense backed up the lefty with a three-spot in the second to break the game open early.

Carlos Castro (2x4, 3 R, BB) singled with one out in the inning and moved to third on a ground-rule double down the left-field line by Wigberto Nevarez (2x3, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB). Alejandro Salazar (3x4, 2 R, 3 RBI) popped a single over the head of Jhoan Urena at first, scoring both Castro and Nevarez for the three-run advantage.

Ray-Patrick Didder (3x5, R, RBI, SB) placed down a sacrifice bunt to move Salazar up to third, and Omar Obregon (2x6, 3B, 2 RBI) drove the runner home with a triple on a ball slapped to right to give Florida (5-6) a four-run lead.

St. Lucie (5-6) answered with a run in the second when Enmanuel Zabala ripped a liner off of Gohara's foot with the bases loaded, allowing Nick Sergakis to score.

The run in the second was the lone blemish on Gohara's line, as the left-hander gave up just five hits, walked three and struck out four with the one run allowed for his first win of the season.

The bats backed up their pitcher with two more runs in the third, as Nevarez and Salazar drove in runs to bring the lead up to five through three frames.

Taylor Lewis and Devan Watts took over out of the bullpen for the Fire Frogs, as the two right-handers combined for three strikeouts in four shutout innings.

Florida took advantage of three errors by J.C. Rodriguez at short in the seventh and added three more insurance runs to put the game out of reach at 9-1. The visitors tallied one more run in the ninth for their 10th run of the game.

Castro, Nevarez and Salazar combined for seven of the club's 15 hits on Sunday, with Salazar driving in three of the 10 runs.

Florida finished the contest with 14 men left on base, but went 10-for-20 with runners in scoring position.

Florida will look to keep the momentum going into the series opener against the Fort Myers Miracle on Monday night at Hammond Stadium. LHP Tyler Pike (0-1, 6.23) will take the mound for the Fire Frogs in game one of the four-game series. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m., with coverage starting at 6:20 p.m. on the TuneIn Radio app.

The Fire Frogs return home to Osceola County Stadium for a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday, April 25. The first night is Fire Rum Tuesday at Florida's home stadium. As part of the Most Improved Student Program, the Florida Fire Frogs will reward students for their hard work and achievement with a pre-game, on-field ceremony. Fans can enjoy $3 Fire Rum mixed drinks and $2 tostones. April 25 will also be Service Industry Night, where members of the service industry can purchase tickets at a discounted rate.

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, Florida. Tickets for the first homestand are available now. For more information, please visit www.FloridaFireFrogs.com, and follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

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