The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels welcomed the Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) to Hammond Stadium for a six-game set this past Tuesday, the Mussels won that matchup in a slug-fest 12-10.
Wednesdays game was postponed due to rain and they played a double header on Thursday where Justin Washington homered and Sawyer Gipson-Long spun a quality start, but the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels dropped both games of the doubleheader to the Hammerheads at Hammond Stadium and will try to even out the series tonight at 7pm. It's Friday and there will be fireworks after the game tonight.
LAST WEEK: OFFENSE BREAKS OUT IN ST. LUCIE SPLIT
The Mighty Mussels’ bats broke out in a big way in Port St. Lucie last week, albeit in a series split with the Mets. Over the six games at Clover Field, Fort Myers hit .335 as a team, scoring 7.3 runs/game while connecting on 11 doubles, two triples and eight home runs (.519 SLG). The Mussels’ also stole nine bases in the series and continue to rank top-3 in the league.
Garry Jr.: 8-19, 3 XBH, 7 BB, 5 SB (.577 OBP)
Severino: 7-17, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI (.941 SLG)
Urbina: 7-25, 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB (.440 SLG)
Cavaco: 8-23, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 6 BB (.483 OBP)
Sabato: 6-22, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 7 BB (.448 OBP)
HOME FOR THE HAMMERHEADS
The Mighty Mussels’ embark on their first of two 12-game homestands Tuesday, starting a stretch of 36 home games over the final 60 total contests. Fort Myers has enjoyed the confines of Hammond Stadium, going 16-8 in their 24 home games so far. In the first half of the homestand, Fort Myers takes on the Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA), who they beat four games to two in June. The Mussels’ pitchers held Jupiter to a .130 batting average in the series, pitching to a 2.18 ERA.
Varland: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 11 K, 2 BB
Headrick: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 8 K, 2 BB
Bentley: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 10 K, 2 BB
Washington: 6-14, 2 2B, 4 RBI, BB (1.037 OPS)
PLAYOFFS ARE BACK!
Minor League Baseball announced last week that postseason baseball has returned for 2021. No playoffs were announced when the 2021 schedule was revealed in March, but MLB reversed course amidst the improving pandemic climate. The two teams with the best overall records in the Low-A Southeast will compete in a five-game championship series at the end of September. The Mighty Mussels remain the defending champions - having won the league’s last title back in 2018.
VARLAND, GERMAN PROMOTED
The Mighty Mussels’ lost two of their best pitchers to promotion Tuesday, as RHP Louie Varland and RHP Osiris German were both sent to Cedar Rapids. Varland led the team in innings (47.1), strikeouts (76) and ERA (2.09), while German registered the next best ERA (2.27) of any Fort Myers pitcher with at least 20 innings pitched.
BOOMERS, COME ON DOWN
A pair of pitchers from the Frontier League’s Schaumburg Boomers joined the Mighty Mussels’ roster Tuesday. LHP Aaron Rozek was sent down from Double-A Wichita, while RHP Orlando Rodriguez was signed directly out of the Schaumburg. Rozek has worked nine scoreless innings since joining the Twins’ organization and is set to start for the Mussels on Thursday. Rodriguez spent the 2019 season with the Cincinnati Reds organization, registering a 4.42 ERA over 36.2 IP for the Billings Mustangs.
THE PURGE IS COMING
The Minnesota Twins made 21 selections in this week’s MLB draft. Several cuts will have to be made across the organization over the next few weeks in order for the draft picks to be accommodated for on active rosters. The Twins’ top two picks were high school players, but they then rattled off 19 straight college selections. Some of the 2021 draftees could find their way onto the Mussels’ roster within the next few weeks.
- Oldest Player: SS Ernie Yake (23 yrs)
- Youngest Player: RHP Chase Petty (18 yrs)
MISCELLANEOUS MUSSELS NOTES
- Keoni Cavaco has walked in 7 straight games, dating back to June 10
- Misael Urbina is currently riding an 8-game hitting streak
- 9-0 vs LH starting pitchers
- 24-2 when leading after 8 innings
- 15-9 against the East division
- Robo umpires used in 67% of games
- 7 players signed as free agents in 2021