A day after Mark Leiter shut out the Charlotte Stone Crabs; Jordan Guth pitched 6 strong innings in his longest outing of the season. Guth and 2 of the 3 pitchers who relieved him pitched the Threshers to a 4-3 victory. Art Charles and Brian Pointer provided the offense.
Jordan Guth had been used primarily as a reliever since his call-up to Clearwater last season. He posted a 3-3 record and 6.28 ERA in 26 appearances in 2013. Guth had made 24 relief appearances before making his first start this year on July 4th at Dunedin. He pitched 4 innings and didn’t figure in the decision. The arrival of Cliff Lee for rehab temporarily squeezed Guth out of the rotation. He pitched a hitless 3 innings against Palm Beach on July 13th.
Guth came into the game with a 2.68 ERA and a 1-3 record. He had recorded 4 saves. His problem has been consistency. He had walked 24 and struck out 22 in 38.1 innings.
Tonight Guth pitched 6 innings. He struck out 6 and walked none. He never faced more than 4 batters in an inning. He threw 88 pitches, 60 for strikes. He showed swing-and-miss stuff on 5 of his 6 strike outs. He induced 7 ground ball outs, 3 fly outs, and a pop up. His only blemish was a wind-aided, solo home run in the second inning. His line -
- 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Guth turned the game over to Lino Martinez in the seventh inning. He recorded a pop up, a walk, and 2 strike outs. Martinez throws hard and gets a lot of strike outs, but his control can be maddening. In his last 10 appearances, he has struck out 25 but walked 12 in 15.2.innings.
Ulises Joaquin made his third appearance since his promotion from Lakewood in the eighth inning. He left with 2 runs scored, 2 on, and 1 out. He had given up 2 hits and issued 2 walks while facing only 5 batters.
Cody Forsythe ended the threat throwing one-pitch to get an inning ending double play. He came out to pitch the ninth inning and recorded his first save with the Threshers. In 9 appearances since his call-up from Lakewood, he has struck out 17 and walked 1 in 13.2 innings. That lone walk came tonight. Finally we can determine his walk to strike out ratio. jk
The Threshers could muster only 4 hits off the Stone Crabs’ pitchers, but they took advantage of their few scoring opportunities. They scored their first run on a sequence out of some other organization’s playbook. Roman Quinn worked a 3-2 walk to start the home first. J.P. Crawford sacrificed him to second. (Yeah, really!) Carlos Ruiz’ gapper was stunted by a strong wind from right, but Art Charles came through with a line drive single to center, more than enough to score Quinn from second.
The Threshers were retired in order in the second through fourth innings. Harold Martinez stroked a one-out single in the fifth inning, but was erased on a steal attempt when the ball skipped away from the catcher. It was ill-advised. The play was reminiscent of the Willie Mays Hayes steal in Major League where he comes up a little short.
The Threshers mounted a 2-out rally in the sixth inning. Crawford worked a 3-2 walk. Ruiz was grazed by an inside pitch to move Crawford into scoring position. By now the wind had died down. The Stone Crabs had been playing their outfield defense shallow, but failed to adjust when the wind changed. Art Charles smashed a ball to dead center that their fielder could not catch up with. The ball ticked off his glove as he dove toward the wall. Charles ended up on third with a triple. Brian Pointer followed with a single to right to provide Guth with a 4-1 lead as he exited the game.
Quinn’s and Crawford’s walks came on 3-2 pitches.
Quinn and Crawford both scored after their walks.
Ruiz scored after being hit by a pitch.
That’s 3 of 4 runs scored by guys who didn’t reach base via a hit.
Charles went 2-3 with a run scored and 3 RBIs. He drove in runs with both hits.
Pointer went 1-3 with what proved to be the game winning RBI.
Ruiz threw out a runner trying to steal second.
Gabriel Lino replaced Ruiz in the top of the eighth inning.
The Threshers were retired in order in 5 of 8 innings, and only sent 3 batters to the plate when Harold Martinez was thrown out stealing in another inning.
Crawford made a nice play charging a ball to his right and throwing out the batter.
Quinn looked good retreating on a ball hit directly at him. He made a nice running catch on a ball to his left. He had to stop short when the wind brought the ball back to him.
There appeared to be some confusion on a ball toward left-center where both Brandon Short and Quinn pulled up. Quinn bare-handed the bounce and held the runner to a single. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this. I think the left fielders defer to Quinn and Crawford way too much.
Forsythe inherited 2 runners and neither scored.
Mark Leiter was named FSL pitcher of the week after his complete game shutout Sunday.
Aaron Nola has been announced as the starter Friday in Jupiter.