JUPITER, Fla. - Down to their final out and staring a season-long-tying four-game losing streak in the face, the Tortugas refused to let that manifest. LF Wendell Marrero clobbered a game-tying home run in the ninth before Daytona put up three in the 10th to stun the Jupiter Hammerheads, 6-4,
JUPITER, Fla. - Down to their final out and staring a season-long-tying four-game losing streak in the face, the Tortugas refused to let that manifest. LF Wendell Marrero clobbered a game-tying home run in the ninth before Daytona put up three in the 10th to stun the Jupiter Hammerheads, 6-4, in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
With the bases empty and two outs, Marrero (2-4, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) whacked a 1-0 pitch 400 feet beyond the right-field fence for a solo home run. His third dinger of the season tied the game for the first time since the opening frame, 3-3.
Jupiter (26-33) threatened in the bottom of the ninth, putting runners at second and third with one out. However, RHP Stevie Branche (3.0 IP, 3 H, SO) escaped the threat on a fielder’s choice out at the plate and a fly ball to right.
In the 10th, RF-3B Leo Seminati (0-3, R, SO) was plunked on a 1-2 pitch to start the frame. Following a strikeout, CF Ranser Amador (2-4, R, RBI, SO) spun a hard ground ball through the hole between third and short. 1B Michel Triana (0-4, R, 2 SO) — the automatic runner to start the frame — raced around to score from second on the single to give Daytona (28-32) their first lead of the day, 4-3.
Two pitchers later, 2B Gus Steiger (1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SO) sent a missile into right. Seminati and Amador chugged to the dish on the Spring Park, Minn. native’s double to extend the ‘Tugas advantage to three, 6-3.
The Hammerheads would bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the frame, but could not draw even. A wild pitch and a hit batter began the inning, but RHP Vin Timpanelli (1.0 IP, R, 2 SO) induced a run-scoring ground out to short before striking out the game’s final two hitters to seal Daytona’s win, 6-4, and his Low-A Southeast-leading eighth save of the season.
Jupiter jumped out to an early 2-0 lead through three innings on a bases-loaded double play and a throwing error.
Daytona managed to get on the board in the fourth, as DH Ivan Johnson (1-4, R, 2B) doubled, moved to third on a line out, and scored on a ground ball to second from Marrero.
The Hammerheads and Tortugas would trade single runs in the middle innings. Jupiter picked up a tally, 3-1, on a passed ball in the bottom of the fifth before Daytona SS Brandon Leyton (1-5, R, 2B, SO) doubled and was driven home on a single from C Garrett Wolforth (1-4, RBI, SO). The 23-year-old’s run-scoring knock extended his hitting streak to a team-best 12 and his on-base streak to a season-long 26.
Branche (3.0 IP, 3 H, SO) posted just his second outing of the season without multiple strikeouts but twirled three scoreless to earn his fourth win. RHP Miguel Medrano (3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, ER, BB) took a no-decision for the Tortugas in a scheduled shortened outing.
RHP Evan Brabrand (3.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 SO) punched out five but suffered a blown save and his second defeat. Starter RHP Matt Givin (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 5 SO) was outstanding for the Hammerheads over a season-high 7.0 innings.
Following the league-wide off day on Monday, Daytona will return home on Tuesday, July 13, to open up a six-game homestand against the Bradenton Marauders, Low-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It will be a Breast Cancer Awareness Night presented by Radiology Associates Imaging, as Daytona players and coaches will don special pink-tinted uniforms to mark the occasion. Silver Sluggers Night — the best club in baseball for fans 60-and-over — presented by Conviva Cares Solutions will also be a part of the festivities. Fans can get in on deals at the concession stand with $2.50 Michelob Ultra draft beers.
Neither team has announced a probable starter for the series opener. Gates open at 6 p.m. Coverage on the Tortugas Radio Network will begin on the MiLB First Pitch app and www.daytonatortugas.com at 6:50 p.m. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. from Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Season tickets, multi-game plans, group packages, and single-game tickets are currently available and can be purchased online at www.daytonatortugas.com or by calling the Tortugas’ Ticket Office at (386) 257-3172.
ABOUT THE DAYTONA TORTUGAS*
The Daytona Tortugas are the Low-A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and a member of Minor League Baseball’s Low-A Southeast. The Tortugas play at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach. Jackie Robinson Ballpark also plays host to Bethune-Cookman University, the Jackie Robinson Ballpark Museum, and many community events and initiatives of all sizes throughout the year.