DAYTONA BEACH, FL - The Tortugas overcame a six run deficit in their 9-8 win against the Bradenton Marauders Wednesday night at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The Tortugas scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete the comeback, moving themselves into first place (22-18) for the first time since they were 1-0.
Bradenton scored the first six runs of the game, all against LHP Ty Boyles. John Bormann got the Marauders on the board with a two-out, two-run single to right field in the second inning.
Will Craig then began the third stanza by drilling his third home run of the season. A Shed Long error would open the door to two more Bradenton runs in the frame, giving the Marauders a 5-0 lead after 2 ½ innings. Logan Ratledge adding the sixth run with a sacrifice fly to center field in the fourth.
Trailing 6-0, the Tortugas would use two big innings to erase the deficit. Narcisco Crook got the Tortugas on the board in the fourth with an RBI groundout to second. Three Tortugas would then add consecutive RBI singles. It started with a Blake Butler RBI single to right field, followed by a Mitch Piatnik single to right and capped off by an Alfredo Rodriguez RBI single to left.
Bradenton would double it's 6-4 lead when Logan Hill crushed his 10th home run of the year over the batters eye against RHP Sandy Lugo. The two-out, two run homer gave the Marauders an 8-4 lead, as Hill added to his second highest home run total in the FSL.
With RHP Yunior Montero working in his third inning of relief, the Tortugas opened up the seventh by getting the first five men on base. Rodriguez began the rally with a double, followed by a Long infield single. With runners on the corner, Montero proceeded to walk the next two Tortugas, bringing in a run.
Daniel Sweet then laced a single to center to score a pair, getting the Tortugas within a run. Two batters later, it was Chris Okey playing hero with a line drive basehit to right to drive home the tying and go-ahead runs.
RHP Robert Stock retired the six batters he faced to earn a two-inning save, striking out Jordan George for the final out. Lugo (2-1) earned the win in relief, allowing two runs in 2 1/3 innings. Montero (4-1) suffered the loss in relief, allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings.
The Tortugas look for the series win on Thursday. Daytona will throw RHP Jonathan Crawford (0-2, 2.45) against RHP Dario Agrazal (3-1, 2.68). First pitch is set for 7:05 PM with the Metcare Pregame Show firing up at 6:50 PM on AM 1230 and AM 1490 WSBB.
Notes: Wednesday was Daytona's fifth win when trailing after six innings…Alfredo Rodriguez extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games…It was Robert Stock's first multi-inning save since 4/10/15 (3 innings vs. Palm Beach, with Bradenton)
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