Well, so far the month of July has not been kind to the Clearwater Threshers. The team has a 4-7 record on the month, and has been outscored by a margin of 78-38. The team went scoreless in four consecutive games from July 6th to the 9th, although one of the games was called due to rain after 3.5 innings of play. (Over that four game streak the team was outscored 29-0.)
The team had ended the month of June on a hot streak winning the final six of the month, and then won the first two of July to extend their winning streak to eight games. Unfortunately since that time the team has fallen on hard times losing seven of the last nine games by an average margin of nearly eight runs.
Some good news can come from the fact that Freddy Galvis has returned to action playing with the Gulf Coast League team, and has hit .400 in four games. It is expected that Galvis will return to the Threshers roster when the team returns to action at home after the MLB All-Star break this coming Wednesday night.
Needless to say it has been the pitching staff that has suffered the most for the Threshers lately, although the offense has been mediocre at best.
Steve Susdorf has been one of the few bright spots for the team. He has continued to rake for the offense hitting .403 since his promotion from Lakewood. He has a team high .442 OBP and a .542 SLG.
Tim Kennelly is the only other Threshers hitting above the .300 mark, currently at .301. He recently saw his first action behind the plate since the first month of the season, but unfortunately it was in a losing effort as the team lost 11-0, but he did throw out the only attempted steal by the Manatees in the game.
Michael Durant has had a hot streak going hitting .308 in July and has shown a glimpse of plate discipline with a .438 OBP. Durant has been near the top of the FSL all year in Ks, but looks like (at least momentarily) he may be getting things under control with six walks v. eight strikeouts on the month.
Fidel Hernandez the third-year FSL player earned an All-Star appearance this season, and is hitting .303 for the month, but not much more has happened for the Threshers offense in July.
Micheal Cisco has been the lone pitching standout for the team on the month. He has won three consecutive starts accounting for 75% of the team’s wins in July. He has given up just four runs in sixteen innings pitched in his three starts for a 1.13 July ERA with an overall ERA of 2.48 in his twelve games this year.
Pretty much the rest of the Threshers squad.
Drew Naylor began July strong picking up a complete game shut out to start the month, but lasted just two innings in his latest start for his second consecutive loss. He seemed completely out of sorts in his latest trip to the hill giving up five runs on five hits with five walks and no strikeouts.
Julian Sampson has only garnered one win this season in thirteen starts and owns an ugly 7.91 ERA on the year. Sampson has only made it to the fifth inning or further in two of his last five starts, and has the boo birds out at his home stadium just about every time he takes the mound.