This game followed what is becoming a familiar theme as some of the starting pitchers improve. Starter pitches well. Offense struggles. Defense plays unevenly. Threshers lose. Tonight, the victim was Jeb Stefan. He pitched a season high 6 innings, allowed 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 2 walks, 2 strike outs, and 1 wild pitch. He left trailing 1-0. One other bright spot was Lino Martinez. He enetered the 8th inning with one out and the bases loaded. He retired 4 in a row before allowing two base runners in the 9th inning and then closing out the opposition.
The offensive highlight was Andrew Knapp’s line drive single to left to lead off the 3rd inning. The Threshers’ only other hit was a bunt single by Roman Quinn that the pitcher bobbled. And, Pete Lavin drew a walk. That’s it for the Threshers’ base runners.
Defensively, Nick Ferdinand threw a strike to Gabriel Lino to cut down a run at the plate. Lino also threw out a runner attempting to steal third.
Stefan started with a 1-2-3 1st inning. He allowed 2 singles and a walk in the second but was helped by Ferdinand’s throw to end the inning. After a 1-2-3 3rd inning, he walked a batter with one out. He induced a ground ball back to the mound but he and Quinn could only get the force at second. A wild pitch allowed the runner to get to third. The walk and wild pitch came back to haunt him when Quinn booted a ground ball and allowed the unearned run to score. The error also added 7 pitches to Stefan’s pitch count before he could get out of the inning. Stefan pitched 1-2-3 5th and 6th innings and left having thrown 82 pitches.
Dan Child came on to pitch the 7th inning, unfortunately he was only able to complete 1/3 of the inning. He left the game having allowed 2 runs on 3 walks and a double. He also threw a wild pitch.
Ramon Oviedo came in with a 0.00 ERA and having stranded all three of his inherited runners. Well, the runner on first stole second while Oviedo ran the count on his first batter to 3-1. After completing the walk to load the bases, he induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning and strand 2 more inherited runners. However, Oviedo could only record 2 outs in the 8th inning. He walked 4 batters without allowing a run due to Lino’s strong throw to third after blocking a ball in the dirt. Somewhere in this sequence, Oviedo launched his own wild pitch. Lino Martinez entered to restore order.
The combined line for the 3 relievers was –
3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 9 BB, 1 K, 2 WP
Corey Bass was activated from XST before the game and was on the Threshers’ bench tonight.