CLEARWATER, FL - The Daytona Tortugas (39-59, 6-27) were shut out for the twelth time this season, 3-0, Wednesday afternoon in Clearwater.
Wendolyn Bautista and Edgar Garcia traded zeroes through the first five innings, when Clearwater finally broke through in the sixth. After back-to-back singles opened the frame, Wilson Garcia opened the scoring with a two-run double to left field.
The Threshers would add some breathing room in the eighth when Cornelius Randolph clocked his tenth home run of the year to right field against Jake Paulson. It was the second time Randolph homered against Paulson this month.
A day after scoring 10 runs on 20 hits, the Tortugas offense was limited to six hits. Daytona had a pair of singles in the first, but allowed Garcia to face the minimum by running into an out on the bases and grounding into a doubleplay.
The Tortugas had three baserunners in the fifth, but made two outs on the bases and couldn't score. Chris Okey was picked off of first base after a one out single in the fifth and Brantley Bell was thrown out at the plate following a two out double from Luis Gonzalez.
The Tortugas would get the tying runs on base in the seventh, before Jeff Singer struck out Bell looking to end the threat. Singer would get the final seven outs of the game to earn his league-leading 19th save.
Garcia (3-4) tossed a career-best 6 2/3 innings without allowing a run. Two of his three wins have come against Daytona. Bautista (1-7) dropped his seventh straight start, despite allowing two runs in six innings and striking out a season-best seven.
The series continues Thursday night at Spectrum Field when RHP Jonathan Crawford gets the ball for Daytona in search of his first win of the year. First pitch is scheduled for 7 PM, with The Metcare Pregame Show beginning at 6:50 PM on AM 1230 and AM 1490 WSBB.
NOTES: Luis Gonzalez had multiple extra-base hits in a game for the first time in his Tortuga career...Bautista has lost seven straight starts for the first time since 2013...Daytona has been shut out seven times since June 28th
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