DUNEDIN, FL - The Daytona Tortugas scored five unanswered runs for a come-from-behind, 5-3, victory against the Dunedin Blue Jays Thursday. Daytona has won seven of their last nine games.
Dunedin jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against LHP Ty Boyles. The Blue Jays got on the board with a two-out RBI double from Danny Jansen in the first inning. Josh Almonte then added his own RBI double an inning later and DJ Davis grounded home a man.
The Blue Jays would manage just a single hit for the final seven innings.
Daytona's offense got on the board in the third inning after an Alfredo Rodriguez single. He stole second base, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Shed Long groundout to first.
Trailing, 3-1, in the seventh, Garrett Boulware laced a one out single to center. Two batters later, Long singled with two outs to put the tying run on base. Nick Senzel followed by lofting a fly ball to right field that bounced past the diving Almonte. This allowed both runners to scoring, tying the game.
An inning later, the Tortugas bats were back at it. Daniel Sweet, in his first game off the disabled list, singled with one out in the eighth. Chadwick Tromp followed with a double to center to give Daytona their first lead of the night. The Tortugas added insurance with a Reydel Medina single to center a batter later.
RHP Tanner Rainey came on in the ninth and struck out the first two batters faced, before getting Cavan Biggio to fly out to center for the final out. The Daytona bullpen tossed four total scoreless innings, allowing three baserunners, while striking out five.
RHP Austin Orewiler (2-0) earned the win after two scoreless innings of relief. RHP Adonys Cardona (1-4) suffered the loss, allowing the two go-ahead runs while allowing four of five batters faced to reach base. Boyles did not factor in the decision, after his five innings of three-run ball, allowing three hits, while walking four and striking out five.
The Tortugas continue the series in Dunedin Friday. Daytona will throw RHP Jonathan Crawford (0-1, 1.93) against LHP Ryan Borucki (0-1, 5.26). First pitch will be at 6:30 PM with the Metcare Pregame Show starting at 6:15 PM on AM 1230 and AM 1490 WSBB.
Notes: Chadwick Tromp extended his hitting streak to nine games and has hit safely in 10 of his 12 games played…Shed Long has multiple hits in three straight games, going 7-for-13…Daniel Sweet reached base three times in his first game off the disabled list, snapping an 0-for-18 drought
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