TAMPA, Fla. - A pair of three-run home runs by Oswaldo Cabrera and Tyler Hill lifted the Tarpons over the Florida "Coquis," 7-3, as Tampa clinched the weekend series on Saturday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Florida (25-37), known as the "Coquis" when the Fire Frogs recognize "Copa de la Diversión," opened the scoring with an unearned run off RHP Jio Orozco in the third when Shean Michel advanced from second to third on an infield single by Riley Delgado before scoring on a throwing error by third-baseman Angel Aguilar .
Aguilar doubled off the top of the right field wall to begin the home half of the third and, one out later, Estevan Florial walked before Cabrera smashed a three-run home run over the wall in right, putting the Tarpons ahead, 3-1.
Florida loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth, and Brett Langhorne tied the game with a two-run single into center before a flyout by Michel ended the frame.
Pablo Olivares reached on a hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on a balk by "Coquis" starter Matt Hartman to begin the bottom of the fourth. Jason Lopez followed with a single into center, putting Tampa (26-35) back in front, 4-3.
Diego Castillo followed with a single to right and, one out later, Hill crushed a three-run home run over the BayCare Health Zone in left field, giving the Tarpons a 7-3 lead.
Hartman (L, 0-1) allowed a career-high seven earned runs on six hits, one walk and one hit-batter in four innings, striking out two while throwing 41 of 67 pitches for strikes.
Orozco (W, 1-1) pitched into the sixth, holding the "Coquis" to three runs (two earned) on eight hits and four walks in five and a third innings, tallying six strikeouts on 92 pitches (61 strikes) in his second start since being promoted from Single-A Charleston.
LHP James Reeves (H, 1) stranded a pair of inherited runners in the sixth and retired five of the six batters he faced, striking out four while stranding a two-out walk in the seventh. RHP Kyle Zurak retired all six batters he faced, striking out a pair in the eighth and ninth.
RHP Brooks Wilson held the Tarpons to two hits while striking out four in three scoreless relief innings, and RHP Kurt Hoekstra retired the side in order in the ninth for Florida.
Cabrera (2-for-4, HR, 3RBI, R) now has two home runs on the season - both against Florida. Hill (1-for-3, HR, 3RBI, R) tallied his fifth home run and his 20th RBI. Castillo (2-for-3) logged his first multi-hit game since May 19th.
The series concludes with a matinee on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. RHP Frank German (2-3, 4.26) is slated to make the start against LHP Hayden Deal (3-3, 1.64). Live play-by-play of the action will be available on the Tampa Tarpons Baseball Network.
As part of Family Funday Sunday, fans can take advantage of $40 Family 4-Packs, which include four tickets, four hats and four $5 concession vouchers (Family 4-Packs are only available at the George M. Steinbrenner Field Box Office. In addition, Kids 14-and-under can the run the bases after the game.
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