The Florida Fire Frogs’ losing streak reached eight games with a 17-1 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays on Sunday night at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. The 16-run defeat was the worst for the inaugural team this season.
The 17 runs surrendered by the Fire Frogs was the most they allowed in a game in 2017, and the 21 hits allowed by the pitching staff also set a new season-high.
Oriel Caicedo (0-3) held Dunedin (21-16, 55-51) off the board in the first, but allowed a run in the second on an RBI single from Jake Thomas, plating Cavan Biggio.
The Blue Jays tallied three more runs in the third inning with their first of four three-run home runs on the night, as Connor Panas sent a drive out to right to put the Fire Frogs in a four-run deficit.
Six more runs came across for the home team in the fourth, as Biggio capped the frame with a three-run round tripper over the wall in right against Chad Sobotka.
Toronto’s High-A affiliate pushed three more runs home in the sixth and seventh innings, with three-run home runs from D.J. Davis and Juan Kelly.
Florida (11-21, 36-62) broke up the shutout in the eighth with Braxton Davidson’s (2×4, RBI) infield single, scoring Andrew Daniel (0x2, R, 2 BB) for the only run of the game for the visitors.
Carlos Castro (2×4, 2B) picked up two more hits for the Fire Frogs in game two, including his third double of the series in the fourth inning. Brett Cumberland’s (0x3, BB) eight-game hitting streak came to an end on Sunday, but the switch-hitter’s on-base streak stretched to nine games with a walk in the top of the eighth.
Josh DeGraaf (5-1) picked up the win for Dunedin, blanking Florida over seven innings on four hits, a walk and four strikeouts.
Florida will look to avoid dropping the series in game three of the four-game series on Monday night from Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. LHP Josh Rogers (0-1, 7.11) toes the slab for the Fire Frogs against the Blue Jays’ RHP Conor Fisk (5-9, 4.34). 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.