KISSIMMEE, FL - Alay Lago's two-run single gave Florida a 5-4 walk-off win Sunday afternoon against the Tortugas at Osceola County Stadium.
The second game of the doubleheader was rained out and will be made up on Thursday, August 31st, as part of a doubleheader at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Daytona jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the lone game that was played, using RBI doubles from Luis Gonzalez and Alfredo Rodriguez. Shane Mardirosian added the third tally with a sacrifice fly in the second.
Florida began to chip away, first with solo home runs. Tanner Murphy led off the third inning with a homer to left and Carlos Castro followed by doing the same in the fourth. Both homers came on the first pitch of the inning from RHP Jonathan Crawford.
Florida tied it in the fifth inning on a safety squeeze play from Ray-Patrick Didder, erasing the three run defecit.
Daytona would regain the lead in the final inning of the seven-inning affair. Rodriguez lead off with a single, was sacrificed to second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a James Vasquez infield single.
Crawford, looking for the first complete game of his career, worked into the seventh inning for the first time since 2014. The inning began with a walk, a single and a Crawford throwing error to load the bases. Clinging to a one run lead, Crawford induced a ground ball from Didder to force out the runner at home.
However, Lago followed with the winning hit, stroking a liner into center field for the winner.
Daytona has lost three straight one run games against Florida, who has had two of their five walk-off's come against Daytona this year.
Crawford (0-10) allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, a season-high. He is winless in his last 26 starts.
The road trip continues Monday in Palm Beach. The three game series begins with RHP Wyatt Strahan 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.
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