Despite having given up just four runs in four games while striking out a league high 34 batters Clearwater Threshers’ starter Antonio Bastardo had earned just one win in his first four tries this year. On Sunday afternoon he would be given his fifth chance to earn a win, and he certainly made the most of his outing. Antonio had his best outing of the year going 8.0 innings and striking out 13 Yankees in the process both season highs for him. Over that eight innings of work he allowed just three base runners on two hits and a walk to the next to last batter he faced.
Meanwhile the Threshers offense gave him the run support he had been lacking when Tuffy Gosewisch crushed a two-run ground rule double with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, and Fidel Hernandez singled to drive in two RBIs of his own putting the Clearwater Threshers on top 4-0.
The Threshers added an insurance run in the ninth inning on a Alan Robbins triple, and an RBI single from Jay Miller to put the team up 5-0. Brian Schlitter closed out the ninth for the team sending the boys home with a much needed win under their belts.
Antonio Bastardo picked up the SCHMIDT LIST player of the game award for another terrific outing while kudos also go out to Tuffy Gosewisch for sparking the team’s fourth inning rally, and to Alan Robbins for his 3-4 effort including a triple and a run scored.
These two teams will end the series at Clearwater on Monday night with the Threshers looking for another win.