JUPITER, FL - Daytona scored three runs in the tenth to beat Palm Beach, 5-2, in their penultimate road game of 2017.
Palm Beach scored first for the second straight night following a leadoff double in the second inning from Chris Chinea against LHP Seth Varner. He was brought home two batters later on a Edmundo Sosa single.
Daytona would take the lead in the fifth inning with the aid of some shaky Cardinals defense. After RHP Jake Woodford retired the first two batters, Alfredo Rodriguez singled and Shane Mardirosian drew a walk. Luis Gonzalez then grounded to third before Leobaldo Pina threw the ball away to score the two runners.
Daytona would take the 2-1 lead all the way to the ninth. RHP Jake Ehret came on to earn his fourth save, but walked back-to-back runners with one out. RHP Rafael De Paula relieved Ehret and allowed a game tying single to Vince Jackson. De Paula then struck out the next two to send the game to extra innings.
RHP Dailyn Martinez came on in the tenth and was immediately met with a Malik Collymore single. After a Jose Godoy error put Mitch Piatnik on base, Rodriguez singled to load the bases. Mardirosian then pushed across the winning run with a fly ball to center. Daytona would add two additional runs on a Gonzalez single and a James Vasquez ground out.
De Paula (1-0) worked around a leadoff walk in the home half to close out his own victory. Varner allowed a single run in a season-best six innings, while striking out a season-best six.
Daytona will try to win the series on Wednesday with LHP Ty Boyles on the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM with coverage beginning at 6:20 PM on AM 1230 and AM 1490 WSBB with The Metcare Pregame Show.
NOTES: James Vasquez has reached base in 20 straight games, the longest active streak in the FSL and the longest streak for a Tortuga since May, 2016 (Blake Trahan, 31)...Rafael De Paula's victory was his first since joining the Reds system...Mitch Piatnik has struck out in 13 straight at-bats...Daytona will have a chance to win their first series since June 4th on Wednesday. They are 0-19-2 in their last 21 series and 0-3 in series against Palm Beach.
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