The Threshers returned home to begin a homestand after completing a 2-10 road trip that dropped their record to 10-39. While they were away several changes were made to the roster.
- May 15th (their last home game before the road trip)
- RHP Miguel Gonzalez activated to begin Major League rehab
- INF Anthony Phillips assigned to Lakewood
- INF Malquin Canelo activated from XST
- May 16th
- RHP Steven Inch assigned to XST
- May 19th
- RHP Miguel Nunez activated from XST
- INF Harold Martinez assigned to the 7-day DL
- INF Roman Quinn assigned from Lakewood
- May 23rd
- INF Willie Carmona released
- OF Chris Swauger assigned to Clearwater
- RHP Brody Colvin assigned to 7-day DL
- RHP Adam Loewen activated from Temporarily Inactive List (TIL)
- May 27th
- RHP Adam Loewen assigned to XST
- RHP Jon Prosinski assigned to Lakewood
- RHP Luis Paulino released
- RHP Shawn Camp activated from TIL and assigned from Lehigh Valley
After all these recent moves, the Threshers fell to 10-40 after an 11-0 blowout at the hands of the Fort Myers Miracle, an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
Ethan Stewart got the start and pitched a masterful first inning, needing only 8 pitches to dispense with the top of the Miracle order. He threw 7 strikes in that inning, throwing 3 first pitch strikes and recording the first of his 3 strike outs. All three strike outs came on curve balls. And that would be it for Threshers’ highlights last night.
Stewart managed an ugly line of 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
After the first inning, Stewart threw 72 pitches to record 7 outs. He threw 37 strikes and 35 balls in those 72 pitches.
Kevin Walter came on and fared no better. He did manage to get through the 4th inning with no further damage. But began his pattern of deep counts. Before he left after his 2.2 innings, he had given up 2 more runs on 2 hits and 3 walks. He also uncorked a wild pitch.
Miguel Nunez was brought on to pitch the last 3 innings and almost made it. In his 2.2 innings, he surrendered 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. Both Walter and Nunez were saved from even more damage by catcher Logan Moore who threw out a potential base stealer and picked off a base runner at first.
Oh, Walter and Ramon Oviedo, who recorded the final out, each inherited 2 base runners and didn’t allow any of them to score. So there’s that.
The Miracle pitcher threw 48 pitches, 38 strikes thru the first 4 innings. He had a 6-pitch and two 9-pitch innings. He cheats. He throws a lot of first pitch strikes and doesn’t fall behind in the count to every hitter. Is that allowed? If it is, I recommend we try that.
The Threshers managed 4 hits. Art Charles had two of them and also had their only extra base hit, a double. But he was thrown out trying to tag and score from third on a fly ball. And that’s the offensive highlight.
Defensively, 2 plays illustrate the difficulties this team has. After a single sent a runner to third, the batter got hung up between first and second. The cutoff man started the rundown properly, but eventually the defense lost focus and allowed the runner to score from third. Later on a wild pitch, the pitcher failed to cover home to prevent a runner from scoring. It’s not that he didn’t get there, but he lollygagged off the mound. A guy in my section went crazy at the lack of effort.
One more thing. The Miracle starter was a tough left hander with a 3-1 record and a 2.37 ERA coming into the game. The Threshers started 5 left-handed batters – Lavin, Swauger, Charles, Moore, and Pointer. I’ve been to their games. I know they have right-handed batters like Nick Ferdinand and Gabriel Lino on the roster.
Roman Quinn went 0-4. He struck out looking in the first. He bunted past the pitcher to the second baseman for an out in his second at bat. He grounded into a double play (6-4-3) in his third at bat. I didn’t see his last at bat, a fly ball to center. I would have like to see him swing away rather than bunt during that second at bat. He doesn’t see many lefties.
The June draft and Lakewood promotions can’t come soon enough.