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'Tugas and Tarpons split Tuesday twinbill

Edwin Arroyo picks up three hits, drives in four runs over pair of contests
SS Edwin Arroyo picked up three hits and drove in four runs over the course of Tuesday's doubleheader. Daytona blanked Tampa, 5-0, in the suspended game from July 17, while the Tarpons toppled the Tortugas, 7-6, in the nightcap in front of 1,476 fans at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. (Aldrin Capulong)
September 7, 2022

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — SS Edwin Arroyo picked up multiple RBIs in both ends of the doubleheader, as the Daytona Tortugas captured the suspended game from July 17, 5-0, while the Tampa Tarpons took game two, 7-6, in front of 1,476 fans at Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Tuesday night. After

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — SS Edwin Arroyo picked up multiple RBIs in both ends of the doubleheader, as the Daytona Tortugas captured the suspended game from July 17, 5-0, while the Tampa Tarpons took game two, 7-6, in front of 1,476 fans at Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Tuesday night.

After an hour and a half delay at the start due to lightning, the twinbill picked up in the bottom of the fourth inning from the contest at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

The Tarpons (34-25, 61-64) had a runner on first base and one out with CF Madison Santos (0-2, BB, SO) at the plate. LHP Bryce Hubbart (2.2 IP, H, 5 SO) took over on the hill for Daytona (22-38, 51-74) and produced a fly ball to center and ground out to second, ending the inning.

In the top of the fifth, the Tortugas jumped in front for good. CF Justin Boyd (1-2, R, 2B) started a rally with a one-out ground-rule double to left and 1B Yassel Pino (0-2, R, BB, 2 SO) followed with a walk. Arroyo (1-2, R, 3B, 2 RBI) uncorked a shot into right-center for extra bases. Both runners scored, as the 19-year-old chugged into third with a triple, giving Daytona a 2-0 lead. Arroyo crossed the plate himself during the next at-bat on a wild pitch, stretching the lead to three.

An inning later, the Tortugas utilized the long ball to put the game out of reach. RF Jack Rogers (1-3, R) lashed a leadoff single to right and stole second base and, two batters later, C Cade Hunter (1-2, R, HR, 2 RBI, SO) eviscerated a ball beyond the right-field fence. The Mount Laurel, N.J. native's first home run with Daytona — and the second of his professional career — increased the edge to 5-0.

Hubbart and LHP Joseph Menefee (1.0 IP, H, BB) finished off Daytona's five-run win on the bump, ultimately producing the team's 11th shutout win of the season.

Neither starter from July 17 factored into the decision. RHP Chase Petty (2.2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 SO) — now with High-A Dayton — did not allow a run over 2.2 innings for the Tortugas, while Tarpons' RHP Richard Fitts (4.0 IP, BB, 3 SO) — now at High-A Hudson Valley — worked four hitless innings.

Hubbart (2.2 IP, H, 5 SO) set career-highs in innings pitched (2.2) and strikeouts (5) out of the bullpen to earn the first victory of his career.

RHP Osiel Rodríguez (1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, BB, 2 SO) permitted all five tallies for Tampa and was saddled with his first Florida State League defeat.

In the nightcap, the Tarpons quickly made sure they were not shutout in back-to-back contests.

C Antonio Gómez (2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, SO) scalded a ground-rule double over the wall in right-center with one out in the top of the first. While taking third base on a wild pitch, the attempted throw by the catcher kicked into left field. Gómez scored on the error, putting Tampa in front, 1-0.

Daytona took their first advantage of game two in the second. Following consecutive walks to RF Yerlin Confidan (0-2, 2 R, 2 BB, SO) and C Logan Tanner (1-2, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB), a balk enabled the men to advance to second and third. SS Edwin Arroyo (2-4, 2 RBI) drove in both with a single to right, placing the Tortugas ahead 2-1.

Leading off in the top of the third, Gómez tied the game. On the second pitch of the frame, the 20-year-old catcher launched a ball beyond the leaping glove of the center fielder for a solo home run. Gómez's eighth blast of the campaign knotted the contest at two.

The Tarpons regained the lead in the fourth. LF Tayler Aguilar (0-2, 2 R, 2 BB, SO) was able to reach second with one out on a two-base fielding error before RF Madison Santos (1-2, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SO) coaxed a walk. A two-RBI single through the left side of the infield from SS Luis Santos (1-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB) tipped the scales back in the favor of Tampa, 4-2.

By the end of the sixth, the Tortugas had tied the game. 3B Austin Callahan (0-2, R, BB) walked with one retired in the fifth, took second on a DH Cade Hunter (2-3, BB, SO) single, and scored on 1B Jack Rogers' (1-4, RBI) base-hit to right, trimming the deficit to 4-3.

Tanner started the sixth with a free pass and inevitably ended up at third on a pair of wild pitches. Following a walk to CF Blake Dunn (0-1, BB), Tampa summoned a left-handed arm from the bullpen. With a left-handed hitter due up, PH-LF Justin Boyd (0-1, RBI) was called upon to pinch-hit. The Oregon State University alum lofted the first pitch he saw for a sacrifice fly to right, tying the game at four.

It did not remain even long, as Tampa took the lead for good in the seventh. Following back-to-back two-out walks, Madison Santos poked a fly ball to center field. The 23-year-old's high-arcing ball could not be reeled in, enabling two runs to come home. Santos moved to third on the throw home, later scoring on a wild pitch, to provide the Tarpons a 7-4 edge.

Daytona would not go quietly in the bottom half of the frame. Following a one-out walk to Confidan, Tanner walloped the first home run of his career beyond the center-field wall, trimming the deficit to 7-6.

Arroyo kept the rally alive with an infield single, but LHP Ryan Anderson (1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, SO) produced a pair of groundouts to secure his third win of the year, and the Tarpons' 7-6 victory.

Neither starter received a decision in Tuesday's finale. RHP Kevin Abel (3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, ER, 3 BB, 7 SO) was charged with just one earned run and struck out seven for the Tortugas. RHP Tyrone Yulie (3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO) yielded just two hits for Tampa.

Reinstated off the development list earlier in the day, Daytona's RHP Yomil Maysonet (1.0 IP, H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, SO) suffered his first FSL defeat out of the bullpen.

Fans are advised to arrive with an empty stomach when the series continues with a Belly Buster Wednesday presented by Marco’s Pizza. A long-standing fan favorite, starting at just $14, patrons will receive a bracelet and may indulge in all-you-care-to-eat hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, and popcorn at concession stands all evening long.

RHP José Acuña (0-1, 2.00) — the reigning Florida State League Pitcher of the Week — is expected to take the hill for the Tortugas in game three of the series. The Tarpons are projected to counter with LHP Joel Valdez (1-0, 2.31). Coverage on the Tortugas Radio Network will begin on the MiLB First Pitch app and at 6:50 p.m. leading up to the 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Multi-game plans, group packages, and single-game tickets are currently available and can be purchased online at or by calling the Tortugas’ Ticket Office at (386) 257-3172.

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.