J.P. Crawford belted 2 home runs as he went 3 for 4 with a stolen base to lead the Threshers to an 8-7 victory over the Daytona Cubs. Crawford’s 2 home runs sailed over the Oakley sign in right field for those familiar with Bright House Field. The first cleared the back fence and left the stadium.
The Threshers exhibited a lot of power tonight. Angelo Mora got the scoring started with a blast of his own in the first inning that landed at the top of the berm in right center field. Brian Pointer chipped in with a towering home run of his own down the right field line that also cleared the back fence. All four home runs came with the bases empty.
The Threshers broke a 2-2 tie that was fashioned by Mora’s and the first of Crawford’s home runs with a 6-run seventh inning. The inning started with Pointer’s tie-breaking dinger. Chris Serritella followed with a walk. Gabriel Lino then lined a single to left. Herlis Rodriguez was asked to move them over with a sacrifice. After taking pitches to a 1-2 count, he dropped a bunt down the third base line that moved the runners. Anthony Phillips stretched the lead to 3 runs with a line drive single to left, taking second on the throw home. Roman Quinn picked up the RBI with a double to right field. Quinn stole third and subsequently scored on a wild pitch with Mora at the plate. Crawford’s homer closed out the scoring for the Threshers.
Jordan Guth pitched 5 solid innings, giving up only one unearned run on two hits and three walks. He started out with an 89-90 mph fast ball but strength. By the end of the first inning, he was 91-92, touching 93 a couple times. He ran into trouble in the 6th inning. After recording his 6th strike out, he allowed aground ball double down the left field line, two wild pitches to knot the score, another double, his fourth walk, and a fly out to right field. His final line –
- 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 2 WP
Cody Forsythe came on to get an inning-ending strike out. Forsythe returned in the seventh and got ahead 0-2 before hitting the batter. A sacrifice bunt moved the tying run into scoring position. But two ground balls to Crawford brought the threat to an end.
Manager Nelson Prada brought Forsythe back to pitch the eighth. Forsythe got the first out but loaded the bases on a walk and two singles. After a visit from Prada, Forsythe got a strike out looking and an infield pop up to end another threat.
Lee “Rocket Arm” Ridenhour was sent out to finish the game. I went down to get some velo on his fast ball. The six pitxhes I saw went 91,92,93,93,93,93. At that point he had given up a single and induced a 1-6-3 double play. I got back upstairs in time to see Ridenhour complete a walk to Kyle Schwarber. Four batters later, a 3-run home run to left cut the lead to one.
Ulises Joaquin took advantage of the save opportunity to record his fourth save on his first pitch, a soft fly to Quinn.
Game notes –
- Guth faced 25 batters.
- 16 first pitch strikes.
- 102 pitches in 5.2 innings. He began the 6th having thrown 81 pitches.
- 62/40 strike-to-ball ratio.
- 13 swing-and-miss strikes; 22 called strikes; 12 fouls; 15 balls in play.
- 4 hits; 5 fly outs, 1 pop up, 5 ground outs (2 back to the pitcher).
- Forsythe stranded 2 inherited runners; now has a 78.9% strand rate (15/19).
- Quinn went 2-4 with a double, RBI, and a stolen base.
- Quinn was thrown out trying to stretch his first single by Rock Shoulders.
- Quinn’s stolen base was his 24th.
- Quinn was awarded the Splendid Splinter Award for July before the game.
- Mora’s home run was his 3rd.
- Crawford’s stolen base was his 5th.
- Crawford’s 2 home runs raised his total to 6.
- Crawford’s 3 for 4 raised his average to .282.
- Pointer went 3-4. His homer run was his 12th.
- Quinn made a catch to end the third inning where he looked to have misjudged how hard the ball was hit. After retreating back, he had to lunge forward to make the catch.
The Threshers go on the road until Wednesday. Jesse Biddle is scheduled to pitch Monday night against Brevard County.