DAYTONA BEACH, FL - The Tortugas hit three home runs and scored 15 wins in their doubleheader sweep of Florida Thursday at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in front of 3,062 fans.
Daytona won game one, 7-2, behind some strong pitching from LHP Juan Martinez (3-3). The southpaw, in his 16th start of his career, allowed one earned run in seven innings for the first complete game of his career.
Daytona broke the game open with a pair of home runs in the fifth inning from Blake Butler and Luis Gonzalez.
The Tortugas completed the sweep with an 8-3 victory in the night cap behind 13 hits, their most in 20 days.
RHP Jake Paulson (4-4) earned the first win of his Tortugas career as a starter, allowing three runs and seven hits in five innings.
After an Alay Lago home run in the top of the first gave Florida the lead, Daytona would respond in the home half. James Vasquez hit his fifth home run of the year, a three run shot to right field, to give Daytona a lead they would never relinquish.
After Paulson stranded the tying run in scoring position in the top of the fourth, the Tortugas put it away in the bottom of the frame by sending nine men to the plate and scoring three of them.
Paulson combined with LHP Joel Bender and RHP Ryan Hendrix to strike out 11 Fire Frogs. Seven of the final eights gotten by Daytona's pitching staff came by way of the strike out.
Daytona swept a doubleheader for the first time since May.
The series continues Friday night with Margaritaville Night at The Jack. RHP Jonathan Crawford (0-10) will get the ball for Daytona, looking for his first win of the year. A Tortugas win would give them their first series win and three game winning streak since June 4th. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM with coverage beginning at 6:50 PM on AM 1230 and AM 1490 WSBB with The Metcare Pregame Show.
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