Young lefty pitcher strikes out seven over five innings in his High-A debut.
Luiz Gohara made a lasting impression in his first start as an Atlanta Braves prospect, striking out seven over five innings for the Florida Fire Frogs. The Fire Frogs could not secure Gohara’s chance at picking up the victory, dropping their inaugural game, 3-1, at Osceola County Stadium on Thursday night.
The native of Brazil started out the night on a high note, striking out the side in the first.
Daytona (1-0) had a scoring chance against the lefty in the third with runners at first and second with nobody out, but the 20-year-old induced a double play ball off the bat of Blake Butler to leave a runner at third.
Gohara retired Daniel Sweet on strikes for a second time to escape the jam.
Florida (0-1) grabbed the early lead in the second frame on a run-scoring single off the bat of Carlos Castro.
Jonathan Morales (2-for-4, R, SB) picked up the first hit of the game for the Fire Frogs with one out in the inning, and swiped second on a strikeout to Braxton Davidson (0-for-4). Castro followed with a fly ball to right that was misplayed by Narcisco Crook, allowing Morales to score from second for the 1-0 lead.
Daytona rallied against reliever Andres Santiago (0-1) for three runs in the seventh to grab the late lead.
Nick Senzel and Gavin LaValley singled to start things out before Chris Okey was sent down on strikes. Alfredo Rodriguez stroked a single up the middle to bring home LaValley from second to tie the game. The runners advanced 90 ft. on the throw home from center by Ray-Patrick Didder.
Santiago struck out Crook for the second out, but Reydel Medina doubled to right, scoring both runners and creating the final deficit.
Geoff Broussard (SV, 1) earned the save with two scoreless frames out of the Tortugas’ bullpen.
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About the Florida Fire Frogs
The Florida Fire Frogs are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and compete in the Florida State League. The Fire Frogs play their home games at Osceola County Stadium, located at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. Thursday, April 6th is the start of the Fire Frogs inaugural season at Osceola County Stadium, having previously played at Space Coast Stadium in Brevard County. Tickets for the first homestand are available now. For more information, please visit www.FloridaFireFrogs.com, and follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.