Touki Toussaint picked up eight strikeouts in just five innings on Wednesday night against the Jupiter Hammerheads, but the Florida Fire Frogs dropped game two of the four-game set at Roger Dean Stadium, 3-2, in 14 innings. The 21-year-old has collected 29 strikeouts over his last three starts, spanning across 20 innings.
The game remained tied at two apiece after Jupiter (19-14, 52-49) tied the game with a two-spot in the sixth off the combination of Toussaint and Brandon White. Boo Vazquez drove home Colby Lusignan and John Silviano with a two-run double in the frame, marking the only two runs against the Florida’s (11-18, 36-59) starting pitcher.
The Fire Frogs grabbed another early lead against the Hammerheads with two runs of their own in the third inning, as Alejandro Salazar (1×5, R, 2B, RBI) drove home Ray-Patrick Didder (2×6, R) for the first run of the game, and Alay Lago (2×5, RBI, BB) drove home Salazar with a single for the insurance run.
Lago continued to stay hot for the Atlanta Braves High-A affiliate on Wednesday night, as the second baseman picked up two more hits to stretch his on-base streak to 14 games, and his hitting streak to 11 games, with a two-hit night.
Brett Cumebrland (1×6) also extended his hitting streak with a single in the third frame on an infield single. The switch hitter has picked up 12 hits in 26 at-bats during that span.
Raymar Navarro (0-1) took the loss for Florida in his team debut in game two. The right-hander allowed a lead-off double to Brian Schales to start the 14th inning – who was lifted for Mason Davis as a pinch runner – and had the runner move up to third with a sacrifice bunt from Gunner Pollman. Corey Bird delivered the walk-off blow with a line-drive single to right to hand the Fire Frogs their fourth consecutive loss.
Jorgan Cavanerio (3-2) earned the win for the home team with two shutout innings of relief.
Both teams combined for 35 strikeouts on the night, tying a season-high for punchouts in a Fire Frogs’ game this season. Florida had 18 strikeouts as a staff on Wednesday night, falling two short of a team-high that was set on April 22 against the Clearwater Threshers and tied on July 22 against the St. Lucie Mets. The combination of Toussaint (8), White (3), Josh Graham (5) and Navarro (2) tallied all 18 strikeouts in game three.
Pablo Lopez set down six on strikes in his Florida State League debut for Jupiter, while Lukas Schiraldi (2), Miguel Del Pozo (3), Felipe Gonzalez (4) and Cavanerio (2) picked up the remaining 11.
Florida will look to avoid dropping the four-game series at Roger Dean Stadium in game three on Thursday night. LHP Ricardo Sanchez (4-9, 4.95) toes the rubber for the Fire Frogs on Thursday night, while RHP Brad Ziegler will make a rehab start for the Hammerheads. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
Florida returns to Osceola County Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 3 for game one of a four-game series against the Bradenton Marauders. Every Thursday is “Thirsty Thursday” at the ballpark, where fans can enjoy 12 oz. beers and 12 oz. sodas for just one dollar.