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.