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Mighty Mussels closing out homestand with Tortugas

Twins affiliate looking to rebound after losing four of six to Hammerheads

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Jul 23, 2021

Fort Myers Mighty Mussels catcher Nick Garland struck out to end the game in a doubleheader with the Jupiter Hammerheads Thursday in Fort Myers. At third base is Aaron Sabato. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

The Jupiter Hammerheads, the Low-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, swept into town and took four of six games in a series with the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels at Hammond Stadium this past week.

The Hammerheads (30-35), third in the newly created East Division of the new Low-A Southeast League, swept the doubleheader Thursday 9-2, 2-1, won Friday 9-1 and captured Sunday’s game 8-2.

The Mighty Mussels, the affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, remain third in the West Division of the Low-A Southeast League. They won the opener Tuesday 12-10 and won Saturday’s game 7-5.

The Mussels received their best pitching performance of the series Saturday from Orlando Rodriguez, who was making his debut for Fort Myers. The 25-year-old right allowed seven hits and one run over seven innings, while striking out six.

Mussels’ infielder Will Holland led the team with five hits and a home run during the series. Outfielder Misael Urbina had four hits and a home run in the series.

Fort Myers Mighty Mussels catcher Nick Garland struck out to end the game in a doubleheader with the Jupiter Hammerheads Thursday in Fort Myers. At third base is Aaron Sabato. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

The Mighty Mussels began a six-game homestand Tuesday with the Daytona Tortugas, the Cincinnati Reds affiliate.

The Mighty Mussels took the first two of three games against the Tortugas, including a 5-0 win Thursday behind the pitching of Brent Headrick, Zaquiel Puentes and Denny Bentley. The three divided the nine innings about equally.

The Tortugas feature hot-hitting shortstop prospect Elly de la Cruz, who is batting .384 with a .423 on-base percentage and a 1.177 OPS heading into Friday night’s game.

The Mussels feature two promotions this weekend at Hammond Park in Fort Myers at the CenturyLink Sports Complex including Bark in the Park on Saturday and Sunday Brunchday.

Fort Myers Mighty Mussels pitcher Zaquiel Puentes struck out one, hit a batter and walked two in two-thirds of an inning against the Jupiter Hammerheads at Hammond Stadium on Thursday. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

Infielder Yunior Severino had three hits for the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels in the six-game series with the Jupiter Hammerheads this past week at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers. Severino leads the Twins affiliate with 49 hits and is second with five homers. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg