After 124 games and 37 series, the Clearwater Threshers finally swept a team in a three game series this weekend. Thanks to some timely hitting and excellent starting pitching the Threshers have their fourth 3-game winning streak of the second half and the season. Friday, Jordan Guth pitched 7 innings of 4-hit ball allowing 1 earned run. Saturday, Colin Kleven pitched 6 innings of 5-hit ball allowing 2 earned runs.
Today, Kevin Walter made his second start and registered his first win of the season. He pitched a strong game and was replaced after 5 innings. His final line was –
- 5 IP, 1H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP
Walter stuff –
- His 2 walks came in the first inning after 2 strike outs.
- He pitched a 1-2-3 second inning and struck out another batter.
- The one hit was a line drive in the third inning which was erased on a double play.
- He hit the lead off batter in fourth inning, right after Brandon Short was hit the previous inning, just sayin’. He struck out the next batter.
- He struck out 2 more in a 1-2-3 fifth inning.
- Walter’s fast ball was 90-92 early and he hit 93 in the first inning. It was 89-91 later in his appearance.
- Walter put together a nice performance on a day where it appeared the umpire was shrinking the strike zone.
Jeb Stefan pitched the sixth and seventh innings. He allowed a single and a walk, and struck out 2.
Aaron Baker pitched the eighth inning. After a sluggish appearance Saturday, he recorded 3 quick outs in a 1-2-3 inning – strike out, fly out, ground out.
With a 10-run lead, Ulises Joaquin came in to pitch the ninth inning. He walked two and gave up a run-scoring single before getting a strike out and game-ending double play.
The Threshers looked like they were going to have a rough day on offense. Roman Quinn walked to start the first inning and was picked off by Tigers’ starter Alex Burgos. He was tagged out at second. J.P. Crawford followed with the first of his 3 singles and was picked off too, tagged out sliding back into first on a very close play. Brain Pointer followed with a walk. The Threshers had 3 base runners and nothing to show for it when Short struck out to end the inning.
The Threshers’ remained disciplined at the plate, and continued to work walks. Their patience paid off as they scored 10 runs and won 10-1.
Game facts –
- The Threshers accepted 10 walks and a hit batsman from Lakeland pitching.
- Art Charles went 0-0 and collected 5 walks, only one intentional.
- Angelo Mora went 1-4, his RBI single got the ball rolling.
- Brian Pointer went 1-4 with a double, walk, and an RBI.
- Chris Serritella went 1-3 with 2 walks and an RBI.
- Harold Martinez went 2-4 with a double, home run, walk, and 4 RBIs
- Crawford went 3-5 with 2 RBI singles, no walks.
- Crawford is now hitting .287 in Clearwater.
- Quinn stole his 28th base, he’s 28 for 36.
- Threshers pitchers struck out 10 and walked 5. Lakewood pitchers struck out 7 and walked 10. Nice to be on the good end of this.
The Threshers’ overall record is 42-82, but they are 25-31 in the second half. They begin a series with division leading Daytona on the road tomorrow. Only 5 of their remaining games are at Bright House Field. One of those is a make up of a rain out in Bradenton. The Marauders will be the home team at Bright House for one of the 2 games of a double header on Friday.