Threshers Thrash Blue Jays; May 2, 2015

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.

Line up 05-02-2015

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.


10 thoughts on “Threshers Thrash Blue Jays; May 2, 2015

  1. Curious to see what Liebrandt’s ceiling is or will be.
    His velo out of college last year was mid-to-high 80s, T90.
    RHPs ave velo is around 91.5, whereas LHPs ave velo is 90.4.
    I wonder if Lleibrandt can get his velo up a tick or two to sit at the 90 mark?
    So far in just over 90 MiLB IPs his WHIP is an outstanding at <1.
    Maybe he can be a Mark Buehrle/Randy Wolf type pitcher.

    1. Or he could be successful like his dad, who threw mid-80s. Chip off the old block.

    2. Agree Romus. Need a few ticks on the FB before we could get really excited about Leibrandt. 86-88 isn’t going to play at higher levels (unless you face the Phillies senior team each night). If he can increase to 89-91, there might be something to get excited about.

      1. He does have good size to maybe add some velocity with increased strength.
        But then again, I also thought Hoby Milner could also add velocity after his college days.
        Once he gets to Reading, and AA level with better hitters, will have to see if he can maintain that excellent WHIP he currently sports.

    3. Yeah, I didn’t want to dwell on his velo last night. It wasn’t as high as his last start. Mostly 88-89, only touched 90 and above 7 times. I attributed this to his less than normal C&C, and his adjustment to what was working.

      1. I Thought I read he hit 93 in one of his games. in the 7th or 8 inning. Jim how is his secondary stuff?

  2. While I do understand the argument that Velo is sometimes important, so is “pitchability” and control. Just because you can throw 95 doesn’t mean you are a good pitcher or should be a better prospect than someone who throws 88. Mark Buehrle’s average fastball his rookie year was 87 and I would say he has had a pretty good career. A prospect is a prospect it shouldn’t matter about their velocity.

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