Threshers; May 31, 2014

Tonight, over 5,000 people were treated to an old fashioned pitchers’ duel. Left-handed Orlando Castro of the Bradenton Marauders held the Threshers to 3 hits and 1 run in his 6 innings. He was bested by Miguel Nunez who allowed 3 hits in 6 scoreless innings. The Bullpens matched goose eggs and the Threshers made a first inning run by Roman Quinn hold up.

Miguel Nunez was making his first start since May 4th. He had been relegated to the bullpen, but had pitched effectively in 3 of his last 4 appearances. Although he hadn’t pitched more than 5 innings since April 7th, or more than 3 since his last start, Nunez turned in a solid 6 inning performance. Despite being lifted after 91 pitches, the hulking 6’6” right hander still had control of all 3 of his pitches. He pitched ahead in the count to most of the batters he faced, throwing 15 of 21 first pitch strikes. His ball/strike ration was 58 to 33, about a 64% strike rate. Nunez only ran four 3-ball counts – one was the walk, but two became strike outs, and the other a ground ball out.

Dan Child rebounded from his rough outing against Fort Myers on the 29th with an overpowering 10 pitch, 2 strike out 7th inning.

Shawn Camp continued the pitching dominance of the Threshers with a 13 pitch, 2 strike out effort in the 8th inning.

Jordan Guth bounced back from his own tough outing against Fort Myers on the 30th with a high wire act that saw him walk the bases loaded before retiring the Marauders on a game ending strike out with the count full.

In all, the Threshers’ pitchers struck out 10 batters and induced 10 ground ball outs. The defense chipped in with another caught stealing by Gabriel Lino and a league leading 14th outfield assist by Pete Lavin when he doubled a runner off second base. The next closest defender in the FSL has 7 assists.

Tonight’s offense consisted of Roman Quinn being hit by a pitch to lead off the home first. He moved to third on Lavin’s single through the hole into right field. He scored on Art Charles’ single through the same hole. Brandon Short walked to load the bases, Castro induced a double play ball from Andrew Knapp to end the inning. Castro and reliever Ryan Hafner limited the Threshers to 4 base runners over the next 8 innings.

Lavin did get 2 hits in 4 at bats.

Quinn hit a towering drive that the left fielder lost in the evening sky. He was held to a single when Angelo Mora turned his back on the play to return to first before the ball was caught. He was almost passed by Quinn. Mora’s base running gaffe cost the Threshers a chance for an insurance run in the 9th inning.

 

10 thoughts on “Threshers; May 31, 2014

  1. Lavin’s numbers continue to impress. 14 OF assists-WOW! He seems clearly the Thresher’s best hitter. Why isn’t he moved to AA? Would take away biggest part of their offense, I guess, but could be swapped for Altherr.

  2. Yeah. It’s not gonna be Altherr. I don’t see what sending him down does right now. Factor that in with him recovering from a wrist injury and I think you just leave him in AA.

  3. What’s Nunez’ velo range?
    And wish Phillies would just let Quinn hit righthanded….his natural side has more power and contact ability.

    1. He’s actually shown more power from the left side, which is the only reason to keep up the switch hitting thing, I think.

      1. At this stage in his career it still makes sense for him to learn to switch hit. He is the type of player for whom this really makes sense. He just isn’t ready for Clearwater, nor is there any reason to expect that he should be ready. He shouldn’t have moved up a level until he demonstrated he could handle the prior level. That supposedly was the new development philosophy propounded by Joe Jordan. Well, he has done nothing to indicate he has mastered low-A and here he sits in CLW trying to jump in partly through the season after a long injury.

        1. I think the amount that Quinn struggled is exaggerated somewhat. He had a great month of May, and had cut his strikeout rate in June but wasn’t seeing results and got hurt while he was slumping. That’s not to say he mastered Lakewood, but I don’t think it’s that big of a stretch to say he’s ready for Clearwater. We’ll see how he adjusts as he gets in more of a rhythm.

          As for switch hitting, I’m not sure that there is a “type” of player that it makes sense for. Is it because he’s fast? Because he can theoretically get more infield hits? Is it worth it to lose so many reps batting from one side of the plate for a few potential IF hits in a season? I say no. But as I said before, Quinn has shown more power from the left side, for whatever reason, so switch hitting may end up being beneficial for him.

          1. Most forced ‘little guys’ switch-hitters fail to live up to their expectations.
            I think what would have been of Barry Larkin, all of 6′ and 170 lbs when drafted ny the Reds, had they made him hit lefthanded.
            Now the big power bat fellows….and we all know who they are…the Mantles, Reggie Smiths, Eddie Murrays…they grew up as youngsters hitting from both sides of the plate and so adjustments were not critical..
            Phillies, otoh, have forceed switching with smallish guys like Bowa, Jeltz and I believe JRoll, a few others, and you can’t argue with JRoll for sure, others are with mixed results.,
            Just my opinion

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