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Tortugas' rally falls one run short against Hammerheads, 7-6

Daytona nearly erases seven-run deficit in defeat
LF Jamal O'Guinn extended his on-base streak to eight games with a two-run double on Friday night, but Daytona's valiant comeback fell a run short, as the Tortugas fell to the Jupiter Hammerheads, 7-6, in front of 2,095 fans at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. (Aldrin Capulong)
May 6, 2022

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Trailing 7-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Tortugas came storming back. Daytona tallied four in the sixth and two more in the ninth, but stranded the tying and winning runs in scoring position, as the Jupiter Hammerheads squeaked out a 7-6 win over the

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Trailing 7-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Tortugas came storming back. Daytona tallied four in the sixth and two more in the ninth, but stranded the tying and winning runs in scoring position, as the Jupiter Hammerheads squeaked out a 7-6 win over the Daytona Tortugas in front of 2,095 fans at Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Friday night.

For the first time in the series, Jupiter (13-12) struck first. LF Kyler Castillo (3-5, R, RBI, SO) ignited a two-out first-inning rally with a single to right, while DH Osiris Johnson (1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, SO) followed with a skyscraping drive to center. The shot sailed out to the right of the batter's eye for a two-run home run — Johnson's first of the year — to put the Hammerheads in front 2-0.

An inning later, C José Estrada (1-4, R, 2 SO) poked a leadoff base-hit to center. Jupiter's RF Jorge Caballero (2-4, 2 R, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, SO) proceeded to punch a 3-2 delivery out to dead center field, as well, for a two-run blast of his own. Caballero's first long ball of the campaign stretched the visitor's cushion to four.

The Hammerheads added one more run in the inning, as 3B Angeudis Santos (1-4, R, BB, 2 SO) walked, stole second, and scored on a single to right from Castillo.

Ahead by five, Jupiter kept tacking on in the sixth. With a man at first and two out, Caballero hit a laser that glanced off the first baseman's mitt and rolled into the right-field corner. The 22-year-old chugged all the way around to third with a triple, scoring the runner at first, to make it a six-run affair. CF Javeon Cody (1-4, RBI, 2 SO) followed by smashing an 0-2 pitch into right for an RBI single.

Down seven, Daytona (11-14) started to chip away in the bottom of the frame. Consecutive walks to DH Hayden Jones (1-3, R, 2B, BB, SO) and 3B Reyny Reyes (1-3, R, BB, SO) started the inning and a fielder's choice error off the bat of SS Gus Steiger (1-5, R, 2B, RBI, 2 SO) loaded the bags. RF Austin Hendrick (0-4, R, RBI, BB, 2 SO) coaxed a bases-loaded walk to break up the shutout and cut the deficit to 7-1.

A wild pitch on a swinging strikeout enabled Reyes to cross from third and LF Jamal O'Guinn (1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SO) followed by walloping a double down the line in left. Two runs scored on the two-bagger to trim the Tortugas' deficit to three, 7-4.

In the ninth, Daytona was at it again. C Joe DeLuca (1-4, R, 2B, SO) started the attack with a leadoff double to left and advanced to third on an infield single by 2B Brandon Leyton (2-4, R, 2 SO). After a wild pitch scored DeLuca from third, Reyes smacked a single to center to put the tying runs aboard.

Steiger pulled the 'Tugas ever closer by rifling a liner into right. Leyton scored easily from second, while Reyes halted at third with the tying run. The Spring Park, Minn. native chugged into second with a hustle double to set Daytona up with the tying and winning runs at second and third and one out.

However, that was as far as the comeback would go. Hammerheads' LHP Caleb Wurster (1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 SO) settled down and registered a strikeout and a soft ground ball to first to halt the rally and secure Jupiter's 7-6 win and his second save.

RHP Chris Mokma (5.0+ IP, H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO) was unable to record an out in the sixth but yielded just one hit en route to his third win of the year for the Hammerheads.

Daytona's RHP Tanner Cooper (4.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO) battled through four frames however suffered his first defeat of the year.

The series continues on Saturday with City of DeLand Night. The contest will feature special discounted tickets for DeLand residents.

The Tortugas are expected to give the ball to RHP Sam Benschoter (1-1, 4.08). The Hammerheads are projected to counter with RHP Gabe Bierman (0-0, 1.83). Coverage on the Tortugas Radio Network will begin on the MiLB First Pitch app and www.daytonatortugas.com at 6:50 p.m. leading up to the 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Season tickets, multi-game plans, group packages, and single-game tickets are 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 Single-A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and a member of Minor League Baseball’s 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 Jackie Robinson Ballpark Museum, and many community events and initiatives of all sizes throughout the year.