Lugbauer and Brown Ninth-Inning Heroics Stun Daytona, 2-1

Clutch ninth backs up career-best outing from Wilson

Logan Brown's two-out RBI double in the ninth inning extended his eight-game hitting streak and gave Florida its first lead in a late victory over Daytona (Alan Green)

By Kevin Piel / Florida Fire Frogs | August 6, 2019 10:33 PM

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA.: Down to their final strike, the Florida Fire Frogs strung together three hits and scored two times to overcome a 1-0 deficit and steal the middle game of the three-game series from the Daytona Tortugas, 2-1, on Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

In a 1-2 count against RHP Connor Bennett, Drew Lugbauer blasted a towering drive over the right-field fence for his 16th long ball of the season and third in the last four games to even the score, 1-1.

Jefrey Ramos was able to follow up the Lugbauer dinger with a single to continue the ninth-inning charge. Logan Brown then smoked a screaming liner over the head of Andy Sugilio in right, enabling Ramos to score all the way from first for the lead, 2-1.

Ramos notched his 21st multi-hit effort by going 2-4 at the dish. Brown extended his personal-best Advanced-A hitting streak to eight consecutive contests.

The Tortugas pushed their third two-out run of the series across on a seventh-inning double from Bruce Yari, plating Sugilio from first for the 1-0 edge.

That was the only tally RHP Brooks Wilson would allow over a career-high eight frames. Wilson (3-2) worked around six hits, two walks, and a hit batsman while setting down eight batters on strikes, receiving a hard-earned victory for his efforts.

After the beautiful chaos took place in the ninth, RHP Brandon White retired Daytona in order to record his fourth save.

Bennett (0-1) blew his second save try and took the loss, surrendering three hits and two earned runs in the ninth.

A great start from RHP Aaron Fossas of the Tortugas was spoiled. He shutout the Fire Frogs over a career-high eight innings, permitting three hits and fanning six while not factoring in the decision.

Alejo Lopez picked up his ninth three-hit effort of the season for Daytona, swatting 3-4 at the plate.  

NEXT UP: With the series victory locked up, the Fire Frogs go for the sweep in their final game at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. RHP Mac Sceroler (4-3, 3.99) takes the mound for the Tortugas. RHP Walter Borkovich (2-4, 4.46) makes the spot start for the Fire Frogs.  

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