Clearwater (79-58) began their playoff run with a 90 minute rain delay. The late start did not bother Daytona’s Amir Garrett as he shut down the Threshers for seven innings. The big left hander held the Threshers to one hit on his way to a 3-0 victory. Clearwater never threatened. The only other base runner Garrett allowed came on a strike out/wild pitch as he walked none and struck out twelve. The Threshers were no-hit through the first six innings.
Clearwater’s Ricardo Pinto may have been bothered by the long delay. He was not as sharp as usual walking three in six innings, he had posted a 2.18 BB/9 in 13 starts with the Threshers. Still, he gave his team a chance to win holding the Tortugas to three runs on four hits. Pinto struck out six.
Daytona struck in the first inning. Pinto walked the second batter. A stolen base and throwing error by catcher Willians Astudillo. A line single to left between 2 strike outs gave the Tortugas their first run. They added another run in the third. Pinto walked the lead off batter. The runner came around on a steal, ground out to the pitcher, and a sac fly. A two-out, solo home run in the sixth closed out the scoring.
The game was turned over to the bullpens for the final innings. Jesen Therrien pitched around a throwing error by an infielder each inning as he threw two, no-hit, shutout innings. The Threshers managed a base runner in each inning on a hit and a walk, but couldn’t mount a comeback.
Aside from the Threshers silent bats, the three errors are a concern. They were the best defensive team in the FSL with only 110 errors and a .979 fielding percentage.
The Tortugas were successful stealing three bases on four attempts. Astudillo threw out 41% of base stealers this season. His throwing error in the first inning allowed the runner to get to third and score on a line drive to left.
Rhys Hoskins broke up the no hitter with his two-out single in the seventh. Mitch Walding’s two-out single in the eighth accounted for their only other hit. Jesse Valentin walked to lead off the ninth.
Altogether, the Threshers struck out 14 times. Andrew Pullin and Aaron Brown each struck out three times, Walding and Malquin Canelo, twice each.
Prior to the game, Drew Stankiewicz and Herlis Rodriguez were added to the roster from Lakeland. Jose Antequera and Matt Imhof were assigned to the GCL Phillies to make room.
Game two will be in Clearwater on Wednesday at 7:00PM. RHP John Richy (0-0, 2.84) v. RHP Nick Travieso (6-6, 2.70). If game three is necessary, RHP David Whitehead (9-11, 4.44) v. TBD.
Reading (80-61) begins their five-game series on the road against the Binghamton Mets Wednesday. RHP Zach Eflin v. RHP Tyler Pill.
Williamsport (46-30) begins their three-game series on the road against the West Virginia Black Bears Wednesday. RHP Alejandro Arteaga v. RHP Dario Agrazal.
Lehigh Valley (63-81) finished fifth in their division.
Lakewood (73-65) Season completed. Finished in the second place in their division (2nd half). Third best overall record in their division, fourth best in the league.
GCL Phillies (36-24) Season completed. Finished in second place, four games back.
DSL Phillies (40-32) Season completed. Finished tied for second place, three games back.
VSL Phillies (30-40) Season completed. Finished tied for third in a four team league.
Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.
Extra Innings –
- Drew Stankiewicz assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- Herlis Rodriguez assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- Jose Antequera assigned to GCL Phillies from Clearwater Threshers.
- Matt Imhof assigned to GCL Phillies from Clearwater Threshers.
- Andrew Amaro assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
- Williamsport Crosscutters placed SS Grenny Cumana on the 7-day disabled list.