Threshers; June 1, 2014

We were treated to another pitchers’ duel today. Ethan Stewart and Bradenton’s Jason Creasy battled for 6 innings. Stewart blinked first allowing a 5th inning run. They completed the 6th inning with the Marauders protecting a 1-0 lead.  After a short rain delay, the bullpens took over. Both pens combined to allow 6 runs in the 7th inning.  They settled down and closed out the final two innings without any further scoring.

Ethan Stewart pitched a tough, gritty 6 innings. He scattered 7 hits (some questionable), walked 2, struck out 5, and allowed 1 earned run. He threw 103 pitches and was coming out anyway, even before the rain came. He turned in a quality start and deserved to win the game. Lino Martinez came in and after recording an out allowed a walk and single before giving up a mammoth 3-run home run off the top of the Tiki Bar to culminate a 10-pitch at bat. Kevin Walter pitched the final 2 innings giving up a single and striking out 2 batters.

Creasy had only thrown 69 pitches when the Marauders went to their bullpen after the rain delay. Pete Lavin greeted the reliever with a double to right centerfield. After an Art Charles strike out, Brandon Short drove in Lavin with a double off the left field wall, his second hit of the afternoon. Andrew Knapp followed with a home run into the Tiki Terrace above the left field wall.

The Threshers managed two more singles in the 8th inning, but Roman Quinn’s one out push bunt past the pitcher was erased when he was picked off first.

KC Serna went 2 for 3 with a walk.

Charles, Brian Pointer, and Knapp each struck out twice.

Defensively, Quinn played back on a slowly hit ball in the 3rd inning and threw late to first. In the 5th inning, Stewart took too much time after fielding a bunt and threw late to first. In the 6th inning, a ball was hit hard at Angelo Mora and he failed to get his glove on it. All 3 plays were scored hits, but really could have been scored as errors. Honestly, all 3 plays should have been made. They could have saved Stewart a lot of pitches.

The plays by Quinn and Mora didn’t figure in the scoring, but Stewart’s play allowed the runner who would score the first run to get on base.

Corey Bass got his first start as catcher today. He threw out one runner trying to steal, however the Marauders were 4 for 5 on steal attempts.

The Threshers made a few transactions on May 31st. The recently signed FA Chris Swauger was released. Shawn Camp and Adam Loewen switched roster positions, Camp coming up from XST and Loewen returning to XST.

Before Sunday’s game, Herlis Rodriguez was called up from XST and added from the Williamsport roster. I look forward to seeing how he handles himself at this level. I have enjoyed watching this exciting young player in camp.

 

1 thought on “Threshers; June 1, 2014

  1. Herlis is a ballsy move but it’s probably a short term assignment until another OF’er can be found.

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