Clearwater pounded their way to an 8-2 win over the Dunedin Blue Jays Saturday night. The Threshers collected 14 hits, 5 for extra bases, in support of Brandon Leibrandt’s one-hit, nine strike out effort over six innings.
Saturday’s line up.
Brandon Leibrandt pitched well on a night when he didn’t seem to have his best control. He breezed through the first three innings, retiring nine straight batters. Even though he struck out five batters in the first three frames, he started pitching behind during the second and third innings. Leibrandt lost his perfect game bid with one out in the fourth inning when he walked a batter. He seemed to have lost the strike zone for a few batters, walking two in the inning while still striking out two. Leibrandt lost his no-hitter with a first-pitch triple in the fifth inning. The run scored later on a ground out. After a 20-pitch sixth inning, Leibrandt’s work was done. He had thrown 94 pitches, 61 strikes and 33 balls. His line –
- 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP
Leibrandt left with an 8-1 lead. Reinier Roibal allowed one run on 3 singles, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.
Miguel Nunez pitched the eighth inning, his first relief appearance this season. He was scheduled to pitch Monday. I would expect that recently activated Yacksel Rios will take his turn in the starting rotation. Nunez pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
Ulises Joaquin mopped up with a perfect ninth inning.
The Threshers faced 26-year old Brad Allen who no-hit them thru 5.1 innings back on April 10th. Tonight he was hit hard from the outset as part of the Threshers 14-hit attack. Drew Stankiewicz started things off with a double high off the WAWA sign in the right field corner. The ball would have cleared the wall about 10 feet to the left. Andrew Pullin moved the runner to third with a groud out up the middle. Andrew Knapp drove him in with a fielder’s choice when Stankiewicz slid around the tag. Dylan Cozens followed with a line drive double into left center, but Coach Legg waved Knapp into an out at the plate. Willians Astudillo salvaged a run with a ground single to center.
With two outs in the second, the Threshers scored 3 runs. Stankiewicz walked and scored ahead of Pullin’s home run onto the right field berm. Knapp was hit with the next pitch. Cozens singled him to third, and Astudillo chased him home with another RBI single.
Knapp lined a single to left with two out in the fourth inning. Cozens drove him home when he crushed a 2-run HR to the fence behind the right field berm.
Knapp and Cozens teamed up for another two-out run in the seventh inning. Knapp doubled into the left field corner and scored on Cozens’ flare to left.
Stankiewicz, Knapp, and Astudillo each had 2-hit games. Angelo Mora went 3-4. Dylan Cozens went 4-4, with 2 R, 2B, HR, and 3 RBI. The home runs for Cozens and Pullin were their second of the season. Carlos Duran debuted and went 0 for 4. As a team the Threshers showed better plate discipline, working 3 walks and only striking out three times.
The box score for this game is here.