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Pro Baseball – Dominant Tarpons Pitching Leads to Fire Frogs Demise, 1-0

Pfeifer sets new career-high with eight strikeouts
 
 
TAMPA, FL: RHP Miguel Yajure and LHP Philip Pfeifer kept hitters guessing all night, but it was the Tampa Tarpons who edged the Florida Fire Frogs, 1-0, in the series opener at Steinbrenner Field on Friday night.
 
Pfeifer came an out short of an official quality start, but he fanned a career-best eight men while giving up just three hits and a walk over 5 and 2/3’s innings.
 
Yajure started for the Tarpons and shut down the Fire Frogs in six innings of work. He yielded two hits and two walks while also striking out a career-high 10 batters.
 
Tampa’s bullpen followed suit behind Yajure, with LHP Trevor Lane and RHP Matt Wivinis blanking Florida over the final three stanzas. Lane (1-0) faced the minimum and racked up three Ks. Wivinis picked up his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
 
The only tally of the game came in the seventh. Angel Aguilar and Welfrin Mateo swatted consecutive singles off RHP Walter Borkovich. During Mateo’s single, Izzy Wilson airmailed a throw over third baseman Kevin Josephina that went into the dugout and forced in Aguilar for the winning run.
 
Despite allowing a run to come in on his throwing error, Wilson dazzled defensively all night. He robbed Steven Sensley of a home run in the second. He also made an incredible sliding catch on Diego Castillo’s attempt to ignite a Tampa rally in the eighth.
 
Borkovich (2-1) was on the losing end of the decision, permitting just two hits and an unearned run with two strikeouts mixed in over four outs. RHP Sean McLaughlin tossed a scoreless stanza.
 
Riley Delgado extended his season-best on-base streak to 15 with a knock in the third inning. Brett Langhorne went 1-3 for the Fire Frogs.  
 
NEXT UP: RHP Matt Hartman makes his first Advanced-A start on Saturday evening against RHP Jio Orozco (0-1, 6.23). First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Steinbrenner Field.
 
REMINDER: The Fire Frogs return to Osceola County Stadium for a four-game series against the Dunedin Blue Jays on Monday, June 10. Our Belly Buster Monday festivities highlight the home stand. Check out our promotions: https://www.milb.com/florida/tickets/promotions and make sure to get your tickets to see the Braves of tomorrow in action.
 
The Florida Fire Frogs are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and compete in the Florida State League. The Fire Frogs play their home games at Osceola County Stadium, located at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. For more information, please visit www.FloridaFireFrogs.com, and follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

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