PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla (Aug. 8, 2017) - Anfernee Seymour and Braxton Davidson both extended their on-base streaks to 12 games, but the Florida Fire Frogs could not overcome a four-run sixth inning by the St. Lucie Mets in Tuesday's 4-2 loss at First Data Field. The defeat hands the Fire Frogs their 12th consecutive road loss.
Ricardo Sanchez (4-12) breezed through the first five innings before trouble struck in the sixth. The inning started on a missed catch at first by Sal Giardina , allowing John Mora to reach safely. The southpaw struck out Nick Sergakis for the first out, but Peter Alonso continued his August tear with a two-run shot to left to put Florida (14-26, 39-67) behind by two.
Jhoan Urena followed with a ground-rule double, and swiped third with Patrick Mazeika at the plate. Mazeika drew a free pass to put runners on the corners for Wuilmer Becerra, who singled on a ball that was deflected by Sanchez, scoring Urena to put the Fire Frogs at a three-run disadvantage.
Jeff McNeil ended the starter's night with a double to right, pushing across Mazeika and moving Becerra up to third for the fourth run of the inning against Sanchez.
The 20-year-old gave way to Adam McCreery after surrendering four runs on six hits, two walks and four strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. The native of Valencia, Venezuela needed 96 pitches on the night, with 65 going for strikes.
McCreery intentionally walked Michael Paez to load the bags for Tim Tebow, and the left-handed reliever struck out the left-handed batter for the second out. McCreery then induced a grounder to second off the bat of Mora to end the frame.
The Fire Frogs cut the deficit in half against reliever Stephen Nogosek in the seventh inning, when Davidson (0x3, R, BB) started a rally with a one-out walk to extend his on-base streak to 12 games. After Alejandro Salazar (1x3) struck out swinging, Matt Gonzalez (1x3, R, 2B, RBI) brought the runner home with a single to center for the first run of the game for the road team.
Seymour (2x3, RBI) bumped his on-base streak to 12 games with a run-scoring single to left, bringing Gonzalez around from second for the second run of the inning.
Davidson had a final chance in the ninth inning to stretch his hitting streak to 11 games, but grounded out to second for the second out of the frame against Adonis Uceta (SV, 2), who earned his second save in as many nights for St. Lucie (19-26, 52-61).
Stephen Nogosek (1-0) picked up the win out of the bullpen for the Mets, despite allowing two runs on two hits, a walk and two strikeouts in two innings.
Florida will look to avoid the sweep in the finale of the three-game set on Wednesday night at First Data Field. RHP Enderson Franco (3-5, 4.71) takes the mound for the Fire Frogs against the Mets' RHP Andrew Church (8-8, 5.05). First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
The Fire Frogs return home on Monday, Aug. 14 to take on the Tampa Yankees for game one of a four-game series at Osceola County Stadium. Every Monday is "Margarita Monday" at the ballpark, where fans can enjoy $2 margaritas and $2 empanadas. All Monday through Wednesday home games are "Service Industry Night" in Kissimmee, where members of the service industry may 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, Fla. For more information, please visit www.FloridaFireFrogs.com, and follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.
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