Florida State League: Two Jupiter Pitchers Combine For 9 IP, 1 H, 14 Ks
The Jupiter Hammerheads fresh off their Sunday afternoon victory over the Fort Myers Miracle, hosted the Daytona Tortugas on Monday night and continued their hot start with a combined one hit shutout.
Both teams were in a pitchers duel until the bottom of the seventh when second baseman Alex Reyes hit a bases clearing double to put the Hammerheads up for good 3-0.
Despaigne retired the first six batters he faced before Tortugas Blake Butler reached first on a throwing error by JJ Gould. He then struck out the next three batters he faced before giving up a one out walk in the fourth. But Despaigne settled down striking out the next batter and Shed Long, who walked in the inning, was thrown out attempting to steal second base.
As for Richards, he took over where Despaigne left off and retired the first seven batters he faced, five for strike outs, before walking Long with one out in the seventh. Then next batter Nick Senzel singled up the middle breaking up the combined no-hitter. But Richards then induced a ground-ball double play, and struck out Reydel Medina to end the inning. Richards then retired the next six batters to secure the victory and earn his first victory on the season.
On the other side of the diamond Daytona starter Ty Boyles matched zeros with Jupiter as he tossed five shutout innings, allowing two hits, four walks and four strikeouts. But it was the Tortugas bullpen that would give the Hammerheads the lead, dropping Daytona to 2-3.
Other Scores Around The League
Bradenton Marauders 6, St. Lucie Mets 4
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Clearwater Threshers 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0
The Threshers (3-2) won their second straight game keeping them in a 3-way tie at the top on the FSL North Division at 3-2. Lakeland (3-2) who started the season 3-0, has dropped the last two games. Threshers starter Alberto Tirado tossed six shutout innings, allowing just three hits, four walks and three strikeouts for his first win of the season. Luke Leftwich struckout six batters in three innings to earn the save.
Florida Fire Frogs 4, Dunedin Blue Jays 0
With the Fire Frogs (3-2) victory they remain tied for first with Lakeland and Clearwater at the top of the FSL North Division. Florida’s starter Touki Toussaint won his first game of the season after tossing five shutout innings, allowing just two hits, two walks and striking out six batters. Fire Frogs Carlos Castro singled to extend his hitting streak to three games, hitting safely in four of the last five games. Dunedin (2-3) managed just two hits in the game.
Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Charlotte Stone Crabs 3
The Cardinals (3-2) handed the Stone Crabs (0-5) their fifth straight loss to start the season. After two innings, Palm Beach took a 3-0 lead, then added a run in the top of the sixth. The Stone Crabs battled to within a run after scoring three in the bottom of the eighth, but the Cardinals were able to hold on for the victory. Cardinals Brennan Leitao threw 2.1 shutout innings to earn the win. Tampa native and Charlotte relief pitcher Brandon Lawson tossed two shutout innings, allowing two hits, a walk and struck out two in the loss.
Tampa Yankees 4, Fort Myers Miracle 3, 13 Innings
After starting the season 0-3, the Yankees (2-3) have won their last two games, while dropping the Miracle (1-4) to w two-game losing streak. Tampa Nick Solak finished with three hits in six at bats, and reliever Cody Carroll earned the victory tossing two shutout innings, allowing no hits, one walk, striking out four batters. As for the Miracle, starter Randy LeBlanc tossed seven shutout innings, allowing five hits, no walks, and struck out eight batters. Miracle center fielder Daniel Kihle continued his hot start, with a 2 for 6 night and is batting .545 (6 for 11) in three games. Miracle second baseman Alex Perez extended his hitting streak to five games with two more hits on Monday. He is batting .421 (8 for 19) in the streak.