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Andy Sugilio collects three hits, extends hit streak to 10 in defeat
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – CF Andy Sugilio continued his torrid start to the second half with another three-hit night, but the St. Lucie Mets used a three-run third inning to usurp the Daytona Tortugas, 4-1, on Thursday night at First Data Field.
Daytona (7-10, 42-40) jumped out to a hot start, as C Hendrik Clementina (1-4, R, 2B) led off the top of the second with a double to left-center. 1B Bruce Yari (2-3, RBI, BB, SO) followed with a run-scoring single to left to put the Tortugas ahead, 1-0.
In the bottom of the third, St. Lucie (10-7, 42-41) grabbed the lead for good. 2B Hansel Moreno (2-3, R) singled to begin the inning and advanced to second on a ground out. Following a knock that moved the runner to third, DH Mitch Ghelfi‘s (1-3, R, RBI, BB) base-hit to left drove the infielder home to tie it up at one.
The next batter – 1B Jeremy Vásquez (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SO) – proceeded to drive a shot into the left-centerfield gap. The left-handed slugger’s double scored both men on-base to give the Mets the advantage, 3-1.
An inning later, St. Lucie snatched another tally. With runners at first and third and one out in the fourth, LF Blake Tiberi (0-2, RBI) lofted a fly ball to center. C Nick Meyer (0-3, R) crossed on the sacrifice fly to push the Mets’ lead to three, 4-1.
RHP Joe Cavallaro (4.1 IP, H, BB, 2 SO) shined in relief for St. Lucie. The 23-year-old entered for starter RHP Kyle Wilson (4.0+ IP, 7 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) – who exited with an apparent injury – and issued just one hit over 4.1 innings to garner his third win. RHP Marcel Rentería (0.2 IP) came on in the ninth to record the final two outs, collecting his second save.
Despite hurling a quality start, LHP Wennington Romero (6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) suffered his second loss of the campaign for Daytona.
RHP Mac Sceroler (4-1, 4.47 ERA) is expected to take the mound for the Tortugas in game two of the series on Friday. St. Lucie is scheduled to counter with RHP Dedniel Núñez (1-3, 4.63 ERA).
The Tortugas Pre-Game Show will kick off the broadcast at 6:15 p.m. ET, leading up to the 6:30 p.m. ET start at First Data Field. Friday evening’s game can be heard on www.daytonatortugas.com
or via the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps.
Following the road trip, the Tortugas will return home on Friday, July 12, to initiate a three-contest set against the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the High-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. It will be another edition of the franchise’s Best Dressed Friday series with special military appreciation uniforms – recognizing all branches of the armed forces – set to be worn by Tortugas’ players and coaches. The jerseys will be auctioned off throughout the weekend. In addition, it will be another Friday Night Happy Hour presented by Kona Brewing at The Jack with buy-one, get-one Kona beer products and Bud Light from 5:30 p.m. until first pitch. Like all Friday night affairs, there will be a splendid Postgame Fireworks show following the final out.
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.