DAYTONA BEACH, FL - The Tortugas scored in five of their eight offensive frames on their way to routing the Palm Beach Cardinals, 13-5, on Saturday evening at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in front of 2,898.
After allowing the first run to score in the first two games of the set, it was Daytona that got on the board first, in the second inning. Mitch Piatnik reached on an error by Cardinal's shortstop Tommy Edman with two outs, plating Chadwick Tromp, to give Daytona the early, 1-0, edge.
The home team broke out for four big tallies in the third inning. Nick Senzel's first of three run-producing hits scored Daniel Sweet for the first run. Gavin LaValley followed that up with an RBI knock to bring in Shed Long to make it 3-0. With the bases loaded, Reydel Medina grounded into a double play that permitted another run to come in. Garrett Boulware capped the frame with an RBI single of his own to bring in LaValley off of RHP Connor Jones and balloon the lead to 5-0.
After getting the first two outs of the top of the fourth, RHP Mark Armstrong walked two Cardinals to bring up Jose Godoy. The Palm Beach catcher nailed one over the fence in right to bring them within two runs. Randy Arozarena made it back-to-back by slamming a liner over the fence in the left-field corner off of new pitcher RHP Austin Orewiler to trim the Tortuga advantage to 5-4.
Senzel and Tromp were back at it in the bottom half of that stanza. The Reds top prospect hit a two-run double to bring home Blake Butler and Long. Chadwick Tromp plated him with a single later in the inning to put Daytona comfortably in front again, 8-4.
Both teams put at least a run on the board in the sixth. Jose Godoy brought in his fourth run of the game in the top half. Tromp's two-run two-bagger in the bottom half raised the lead to 10-5.
Nick Senzel would hit that third run-scoring double in the bottom of the eighth as part of a three-run frame. Medina coaxed a walk with the bases loaded to force in another. Boulware's second RBI single rounded out the scoring, 13-5.
Armstrong, in his second start of the season and first in twelve days, tossed 3 2/3 innings, surrendering three hits, three earned runs, two walks, and striking out a batter. Orewiler (3-1) threw a season-high 4 1/3 innings in relief, giving up three hits, an earned run, a walk, and four punchouts. RHP Zack Weiss turned in a 1-2-3 ninth to seal the win.
Jones (4-4) struggled mightily through four innings, yielding nine hits, eight runs (seven earned), two free passes, and fanning four.
Daytona goes for a series split with Palm Beach on a Sunday Silver Sluggers and Tiny Tugas evening at The Jack. Shirts will be given out to the first 500 fans at the gates. The contest will commence with first pitch at 5:35 PM and The Metcare Pregame Show fires up at 5:20 PM on AM 1230 and AM 1490 WSBB.
Notes: The Tortugas scored ten runs or more for the fifth time this season… Daytona has committed an error in eight straight contests… Chadwick Tromp notched the first four-hit game of his career… Nick Senzel has RBI in his last six assignments and increased his hitting streak to seven-straight games.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.