A doubleheader sweep lifted the Blue Jays affiliates to a winning Monday night to offset an extra-innings loss. Buffalo and New Hampshire had the night off.
Dunedin 5 St. Lucie 2 (Game 1 - 7 Innings)
Dunedin went off for five runs in their last at-bat to get the win. RBI singles by Alejandro Kirk and Demi Orimoloye drew the D-Jays even before Kevin Vicuna doubled home the go-ahead run. A Jesus Navarro groundout and a Cullen Large base hit brought in the insurance runs. Large was the only Dunediner with two hits as his double sparked the five-run rally. Navarro had the other hit while Cal Stevenson, Norberto Obeso and Ryan Noda walked. Chavez Young was 0-for-3 and Samad Taylor struck out after pinch-running for Kirk and scoring.
Joey Murray surrendered two runs on four hits and hit a batter. He whiffed three with no walks and eight of his 11 outs in play were in the air. Gage Burland got the win with a shutout sixth that included a strikeout. Brad Wilson struck out two in a perfect seventh for the save.
Dunedin 2 St. Lucie 0 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)
A two-run fourth lifted the D-Jays to a doubleheader sweep. Kevin Vicuna opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly before Samad Taylor doubled home the other run. Kacy Clemens had two hits and scored the game's first run. Ryan Noda walked twice. Demi Orimoloye took one for the team and scored the other run. Cal Stevenson, Chavez Young and Chris Bec and Jesus Navarro were a combined 0-for-12.
Turner Larkins spun six shutout innings of four-hit ball -walking only one, striking out five and inducing seven groundball outs for the victory. Dany Jimenez allowed a runner to reach base on a wild pitch with two outs but wound up striking out the side to collect the save.
Great Lakes 8 Lansing 7 (10 Innings)
The Lugnuts rallied from a 7-3 deficit to force this one into overtime. An RBI single by McGregory Contreras got Lansing on the board in the first inning. An RBI double by Nick Podkul and a run-scoring base knock by Gabriel Moreno led to two more runs in the second. Podkul and Moreno chipped in with RBI base hits in the seventh and Otto Lopez brought in another with a fielder's choice. A Reggie Pruitt groundout in the eighth produced the tying run. Lopez made a baserunning gaffe in the 10th inning by leaving second base too early to tag up and advance to third on a Jake Brodt fly ball and that snuffed out the comeback attempt. Moreno had three hits and Pokdul had two. Lopez, Brodt, Hunter Steinmetz and McGregory Contreras put a notch in the hit column. Pruitt and Gold reached base via the base on balls. Steinmetz, Podkul and Contreras also heard ball four once. The Lugnuts were 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts. Podkul swiped two while Steinmetz, Pruitt, Brodt and Moreno had one apiece. Despite five Loons errors, the Lugnuts still couldn't find a way to win.
Troy Watson was trounced in his season and Midwest League debut, coughing up five runs on six hits (including a home run) and three walks while only striking out one over four innings. Josh Hiatt served up a two-run homer among two hits and two walks but struck out three over four innings. Both Watson and Hiatt recorded seven groundball outs. Sean Rackoski tossed a scoreless ninth but allowed an RBI single on an 0-2 pitch with two outs to take the loss.
*** 3 Stars!!! ***
3. Nick Podkul, Lansing
2. Gabriel Moreno, Lansing
1. Turner Larkins, Dunedin