Bryant Flete clocks solo homer, rips double in defeat
DAYTONA BEACH – Third baseman Bryant Flete hammered a solo home run in the seventh and added a double in the ninth, but the Charlotte Stone Crabs used a seven-run fifth inning to defeat the Daytona Tortugas, 13-2, in front of 1,195 fans at Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Tuesday night.
Scoreless through four frames, the Stone Crabs (39-15, 74-46) erupted in a massive way in the fifth. Following a single by left fielder Michael Smith (1-5, R) and a double from Zach Rutherford (1-5, R, 2B, SO) to start the frame, center fielder Garrett Whitley (3-4, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI, BB, SO) clocked a two-run triple to right-center, putting Charlotte ahead, 2-0. Catcher Zac Law (2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB) proceeded to smash a run-producing single to make it a 3-0 contest.
After a hit-by-pitch and a pair of walks forced in a fourth tally, right fielder Moisés Gómez (1-5, RBI) ripped a base-hit to left with the bases still loaded. Three runs crossed the dish on the play – the latter scoring on a throwing error – giving the Stone Crabs a 7-0 edge.
Charlotte's offense would add three more in the seventh and eighth, respectively. Designated hitter Ronaldo Hernández (2-4, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI, BB) walloped a three-run home run to left – his eighth – in the seventh to extend the visitor's advantage to 10-0. The Stone Crabs tallied three on an RBI ground-rule double from pinch hitter and first baseman Joey Roach (1-1, R, 2B, RBI), a run-scoring single to right from Hernández, and a wild pitch.
Daytona was able to break up the shutout in the seventh, as Flete (2-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI) rifled the first pitch of the inning for a solo home run to right-center. The 26-year-old's third dinger of the year made it a 10-1 contest, at the time. In the game's final frame, Flete doubled to left, scooted to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a ground out by catcher Hendrik Clementina (1-4, RBI).
Left-handed pitcher Cristopher Sánchez (5.0 IP, H, 5 SO) was nearly untouchable for Charlotte. The 22-year-old yielded just an infield single to Andy Sugilio (1-4) in the second inning en route to his first Florida State League win.
Daytona pitcher Austin Orewiler (4.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, SO) cruised through four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. The former Rice Owl was saddled with his ninth defeat of the campaign.
Cincinnati's No. 23 prospect per MLBPipeline.com –Jared Solomon (0-7, 4.89 ERA) – is scheduled to take the hill for Daytona in game three. Charlotte is expected to counter with Stephen Woods Jr. (9-2, 2.12 ERA).
The Tortugas Pre-Game Show will kick off the broadcast at 6:50 p.m., leading up to the 7:05 p.m. start at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Wednesday evening's contest can be heard on daytonatortugas.com or via the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps.