(Article and Photo of Jonathan India by Aldrin Capulong and Daytona Tortugas)
Jonathan India goes deep in Tortugas’ “Vote for Shelldon” uniforms
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Donning special “Vote for Shelldon” uniforms in homage to the 15th anniversary of “Napoleon Dynamite”, 3B Jonathan India clubbed a two-run home run and a trio of pitchers combined to hurl a shutout, as the Daytona Tortugas blanked the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 4-0, in front of 3,206 fans at Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Friday evening.
Scoreless through four-and-a-half frames, Daytona’s (17-17) offense sprung to life with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. 1B Yonathan Mendoza (1-2, R, BB, SO) singled to center and two pitches later C Mark Kolozsvary (1-2, 2B, RBI, BB, SO) smashed a deep fly to left-center field. The ball bounced off the base of the fence and the Tavares, Fla. native cruised into second with a run-scoring double, giving the Tortugas a 1-0 lead.
In the sixth, the offense kept the train rolling. SS José Garcia (1-4, R, 2B, SO) doubled down the left-field line to begin the frame and came across to score on a single to right by 2B Alejo Lopez (1-4, R, RBI), stretching the advantage to 2-0. On a 1-0 count, the next batter – India (2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, SO) – cranked a laser to center field. The rising line drive sailed over the fence to the left of the batter’s eye in dead center for a two-run home run. The blast – his team-leading fifth of the year – doubled the Tortugas’ edge to 4-0.
That was more than enough offense for Daytona’s pitching staff, which was splendid on Friday night. RHP Austin Orewiler (5.0 IP, 2 H, BB, SO) tossed five shutout innings of two-hit ball to earn his first win of the season. The bullpen shined as well. RHP Michael Byrne (2.0 IP, 2 H, BB, SO) and RHP Aneurys Zabala (2.0 IP, 3 SO) combined to hurl four spotless frames to complete the four-hit shutout.
LHP Tarik Skubal (5.0+ IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 SO) was solid through four, but could not outduel Daytona’s staff. Lakeland’s (14-19) southpaw issued four runs in five-plus innings, suffering his third defeat.
The Tortugas will go for the series sweep on Saturday night, as RHP Mac Sceroler (3-0, 4.50 ERA) is expected to make his first start of the year. Lakeland is expected to counter with RHP Elvin Rodríguez (3-2, 2.90 ERA).
The Tortugas Pre-Game Show will kick off the broadcast at 6:50 p.m. ET, leading up to the 7:05 p.m. ET start at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Saturday evening’s game can be heard on daytonatortugas.com
or via the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps.
It will be another Shell-tastic Saturday at The Jack with special events and activities going on around the park before and during the game. Following the final out, fans are encouraged to stick around for another marvelous Postgame Fireworks display.
Multi-game plans and single-game tickets are still currently available and can be purchased online at www.daytonatortugas.com
, or by calling the Tortugas’ Ticket Office at (386) 257-3172.
ABOUT THE DAYTONA TORTUGAS
The Daytona Tortugas are the High-A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and a member of the Florida State League. The Tortugas play at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach, Fla. Jackie Robinson Ballpark also plays host to Bethune-Cookman University, the Beijing Shougang Eagles of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and many large community events and initiatives throughout the season.