Trey Harris notched his second three-RBI game of his Advanced-A career to back RHP Brooks Wilson’s five shutout innings as the Florida Fire Frogs snapped a long nine-game losing streak to the Tampa Tarpons with a 6-1 victory on Saturday at Steinbrenner Field.
Wilson (1-0) earned his first Advanced-A win, facing just one over the minimum while adding a career-high five strikeouts and surrendering just one hit over 15 outs.
Florida backed him up with a four-spot in the third. Shean Michel, Andrew Moritz, and Riley Delgado all reached ahead of Trey Harris, who smashed a two-run single to left to put the Fire Frogs on the board. Jefrey Ramos produced a sacrifice liner to bring in the third tally. Drew Lugbauer roped an RBI knock to right to cap the frame; 4-0 Fire Frogs.
A second RBI single from Harris came in the fourth with two outs against RHP Janson Junk, plating Michel to bump the advantage to 5-0.
Harris moved his on-base streak to 12 consecutive games by going 3-5. Ramos went 2-4, also advancing his long on-base streak to 13. Logan Brown singled early and will take a five-game hitting streak into Sunday’s series finale.
Brett Langhorne got involved offensively in the fifth. Ramos and Jordan Rodgers swatted base hits in front of him. Langhorne’s infield single towards third forced a wayward throw from Tampa third baseman Oswaldo Cabrera, enabling Ramos to cross for a 6-0 edge.
All the Fire Frogs offense came against Junk (2-4). He yielded eight hits and five earned runs with three walks and three punchouts over 4 and 2/3’s stanzas.
The Tarpons bullpen was lights out. LHP James Reeves fired his best outing of the season, setting down 10 of 11 hitters, issuing one free pass, and fanning five. RHP Kyle Zurak gave up a single and a walk but still pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Tarpons only huge offensive threat was in the bottom of the sixth. Four of the first five Tampa hitters got on versus RHP Lukas Young, with Pablo Olivares bringing in a run on an infield single to put Tampa on the board. However, Young induced a clutch double play ball from Tarpons slugger Dermis Garcia to get out of the threat with no further damage.
Olivares was 2-4 and produced his fifth straight multi-hit effort. Isiah Gilliam also reached twice. The Fire Frogs held Garcia hitless to an 0-4 line with two Ks.
Young worked around three hits, a walk, and a run across two frames. RHP Troy Bacon permitted a hit and a walk but kept Tampa off the board in the eighth and ninth.