First Place Threshers!!! June 21, 2014

The Threshers beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 5-4 Saturday night to break a 6-way tie for first.  Although they still remain in a 3-way tie, they are above .500 for the first time this season.

Colin Kleven started and struggled through the first two innings.  He gave up 3 runs in a 31-pitch first inning on 3 hits and a hit batsman.  He escaped a 25-pitch, bases loaded situation in the second inning where he allowed 1 hit, a walk, and hit two more batters.  A 6-4-3 double play early in the inning kept the Tigers off the board.  Kleven took control and retired 9 of the next 10 batters.  The only Tiger to reach base did so on an error by JP Crawford.  Kleven left the game after five innings trailing 3-2.

Dan Child came on to pitch the sixth and seventh innings.  He retired 5 consecutive batters before issuing a 2-out walk.  A stolen base and throwing error by catcher Corey Bass set up a tie-breaking single.  Child left trailing 4-3.

Lino Martinez was called on to pitch the final two innings.  Thanks to another Thresher rally, it had become a save situation.  Martinez responded by retiring the final 6 Tigers, 3 by strike out.  The leadoff batter in the ninth inning drove a ball into the right center field gap that Roman Quinn chased down and caught near the warning track.

After the first inning, Kleven, Child, and Martinez held the Tigers to 1 run, 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 hit batters, and struck out nine.

The offense did well all night fighting back from behind.  After the Tigers were spotted 3 runs in the top of the first, Quinn opened the bottom of the inning with a 6-pitch walk.  For the second consecutive night, Quinn’s speed distracted a pitcher into an errant pickoff throw.  After strike outs by Crawford and KC Serna, Brandon Short began the comeback with an RBI single.

The Threshers cut the lead to one with 4 singles and a walk in the third inning.  Brian Pointer led off with a first-pitch, line drive single to center.  He was erased on a steal attempt.  So, of course, Quinn follows with a line drive single of his own to center.  Crawford got his first FSL hit when he grounded a single behind a running Quinn to put runners on first and third.  Serna followed with an RBI single.

The Threshers completed their first comeback when Short opened the sixth with a double down the left field line.  One out later, Harold Martinez doubled to left center to tie the game.

After the Tigers pulled ahead in the top of the seventh inning, the Threshers responded again in the bottom of the inning.  Crawford lined a ball down the left field line and took second when the ball caromed off the the bleacher section that juts into foul territory before a ball can reach the corner.  Serna’s RBI single tied the game.  Serna scored when Short doubled into the right field corner.  He took third on the throw to the plate (Before posting, I always check the box score for accuracy.  I can’t believe this was scored a triple.)  The Threshers had completed a second comeback and Lino Martinez saved the game for Child.

  • Quinn went 1-3 with a walk and strike out and has pulled his average over .260.
  • Crawford was 2-4 with 2 strike outs.
  • Serna was 2-4 with a strike out and 2 RBIs.
  • Short was 3-3 with a walk and 2 RBIs.
  • H. Martinez was 1-4 with a strike out and an RBI.
  • Quinn looks awesome in center field.
  • In spite of the errors, Crawford looks good at short.
  • The Threshers collected 10 hits and 3 walks, but struck out 9 times.

The Threshers have opened up with the teams (Dunedin and Lakeland) with the 2 best records in the FSL in the first half and have played them both well – a one run loss, and 2 one run wins.

The GCL is off tomorrow and the Threshers are in Lakeland the next 2 days.  Aaron Nola is rumored to be getting the start Monday night, although Jeb Stefan has been announced on the web site as the starter.  I don’t know.  Who do you want to believe?  A web site or Joe Jordan?  Might have to go on a road trip.


10 thoughts on “First Place Threshers!!! June 21, 2014

  1. Noticed that Brody Colvin was released by the Phillies. Following the release of Anthony Hewitt, it looks like management has finally decided to clean house of past draft mistakes, no matter how expensive they were.

    1. Hmmm. Altherr and Dugan outlasted Brody Colvin from the 2009 draft. Who would have thought that when we were all celebrating Colvin’s signing back then.

  2. Quinn and Crawford are making lots of people very excited, me included. At the top of the order and solid in the middle of the defense, that’s a beautiful thing.

  3. Murray I don’t see the Clearwater team, Crawford errors, are they just the bad fields or does he have trouble on certain plays, are they throwing errors,

    1. 2 fielding, 1 throwing. The first error Thursday was a slowly hit ball that he charged and he just didn’t get his glove all the way down. He should have scooped the ball, but the batter was Dwight Smith, Jr. who is fast and might have beat the throw anyway. The second was a pop up down the line. Short should have called him of but didn’t. Crawford was looking back into the sun with his body twisted. The ball went off his glove. The throwing error was on a ball to his right where he left his feet as he made the throw and just pulled the throw across his body.

  4. ty I know some say the fields in the minors are bad, but he had.. I think 16 errors at Lakewood too, I just was trying to see what kind of glove he might grow into.

  5. Jim, this is off topic, but do you have any updates on our injured pitchers (much of the best pitching talent- or at least arms- in our system)? I am referring to Morgan, Mecias, Watson, Manzanillo, etc. I assume that they are in Clearwater rehabbing. Thanks

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