CLEARWATER - The Tortugas (39-58, 6-26) earned their first back-to-back wins since June 4th by sweeping a doubleheader in Clearwater on Tuesday night. Daytona outscored the Threshers 10-2 over the pair of wins to open a five game series.
Vladimir Gutierrez returned from the disabled list to dazzle the Threshers in Daytona's 4-1 victory in game one. Making his first start in nearly two weeks, Gutierrez allowed six hits and a run in six innings pitched.
Daytona got on the board with a Brantley Bell sacrifice fly in the second inning before Blake Butler broke it open in the fourth. After RHP Jacob Waguespack walked a pair to load the bases, Butler knocked them all home with his first triple since August, 2015.
Gutierrez allowed his only run with two outs in the sixth, following a Cornelius Randolph single. He held the Threshers to just two hits through the first five frames.
RHP Tanner Rainey came on in the ninth to get the final three outs, striking out two, for his ninth save of the year.
The Tortugas had multiple hit games from Reydel Medina, Daniel Sweet and TJ Friedl.
The Tortugas pounded out 12 hits in their 6-1 win to sweep the doubleheader.
Daytona had a base hit in six of seven at-bats, scoring in three different frames. They got on the board in the top of the first when Sweet and James Vasquez each singled with one out. Medina followed by drilling his fifth home run of the year to right field.
The Tortugas would add on an inning later when Sweet lined a two-out RBI single to score Butler. Garrett Boulware would add his first home run of the year in the fourth, a two run shot into the bullpens in left.
LHP Ty Boyles earned his first win since May, allowing an uneared run in five innings.
Daytona reached double-digit hits for the third time in their last nine games with Sweet, Vasquez and Boulware all registering multiple hits.
The series continues with a matinee Wednesday in Clearwater. First pitch is scheduled for noon, with coverage beginning at 11:50 AM on AM1230 and AM1490 WSBB.
NOTES: Brantley Bell drove in a run in four straight games for the second time this year...Both of Gutierrez's wins since May 25th have come at Spectrum Field...Rainey notched the fourth Tortuga save in the last 50 days
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