With built-up excitement for a Sixto Sanchez start in Jupiter, the Hammerheads took a tough 4-2 loss against the Florida Fire Frogs Thursday night.
After a rainout at home last week, Marlins #1 prospect Sixto Sanchez finally took the mound at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. In his second start for the Hammerheads, Sanchez started out hot, then slightly fizzled out over the course of his six innings pitched.
Sixto showed his best stuff in the first three innings, where he only allowed two hits and no runs. After a double, single and homer in the fourth, Sanchez was a little less dominant on the mound. By the end of his outing, he finished with eight hits, four runs, four strikeouts and one walk.
Even though he faced some trouble in the latter half of his start, the MLB Pipeline #25 prospect showed his heat, consistently hitting 98/99 mph and topping out at 100 mph on the radar gun. The quick-working right-hander also threw a low-90s change-up that stumped batters. Sanchez favored the strike zone, throwing 54 strikes out of his 74 pitches for a 72.9 strike percentage, proving why he's a top prospect.
Offensively, the Hammerheads created more opportunities to score, but ended up leaving ten on base and converting their eight hits into just two runs.
In a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth, the Hammerheads had a chance to catch up to the Fire Frogs. Three singles from Michael Hernandez, Jose Devers and Victor Victor Mesa scored one. Then Florida walked Garrett Cooper to load up the bases, but a quick strikeout capped the rally.
Another rally was in the works in the seventh, with Devers and Mesa each hitting another single to score Cameron Baranek and set up runners on first and second, but they were stranded again.
Taylor Braley closed the game for the Hammerheads with three scoreless innings, but they still fell 2-4 to the Fire Frogs.
The Hammerheads continue the series against the Fire Frogs tomorrow night at 6:30 pm at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. For tickets go to jupiterhammerheads.com/tickets.
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