Jupiter, FL - The Palm Beach Cardinals (38-25) gave up four runs in the top of the eighth to lose 5-2 to the Dunedin Blue Jays (33-33).
Connor Jones started and got through a gutsy five inning outing that saw him get out of several jams throughout the game. He gave up one run in the five innings on four hits, walking three batters and striking out another eight.
The Blue Jays jumped on the board first as they started the game with a Cavan Biggio single followed by a Michael De La Cruz single. Juan Kelly singled in Biggio with a single through the right side. Jones then got a ground out and a strike out to end the first trailing 1-0.
The Cardinals tied the game in the home half of the frame as Darren Seferina started the game with a single and got to second on a Tommy Edman walk. Randy Arozarena advanced both runners on a ground out. Chris Chinea then grounded out to bring home Chinea and even the score up at one apiece.
The next run of the game would come in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Cardinals would take a 2-1 lead. Thomas Spitz hit a triple to left-center and was brought in on a Jose Godoy single to center. Seferina hit a single to get Godoy to second and both runners advanced on an error by the centerfielder, Lane Thomas. Edman struck out for the first out of the inning. Arozarena hit a ball to centerfield in the next at bat and Godoy tried to score, but was thrown out at home on a throw from Thomas.
Andrew Morales held the lead with a perfect sixth and Evans pitched a perfect seventh to take the 2-1 lead into the eighth.
De La Cruz walked to start the eighth and got to second on a Kelly single. Connor Panas tried to get both runners over on a bunt, but Evans made a great play on the bunt and got the lead runner at third for the first out. Estarlin Arias took over for Evans after the first out was recorded. Arias struck out Bradley Jones for the second out and then the wheels fell off. Thomas walked on a fulle count to load the bases for pinch hitter, D.J. Davis. Davis hit the ball to center and scored Kelly and Panas. Thomas came around to score on a throwing error by Arias getting Davis to third. Davis then scored on a wild pitch to put the Blue Jays up 5-2 for good.
Tom Robson and Jackson McClelland threw scoreless eighth and ninth innings to take the 5-2 victory over Palm Beach and the series at 3-1.
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