Tyler Viza scattered seven singles as the Clearwater Threshers defeated the Brevard County Manatees 6-1 Saturday night. The Threshers provided Viza a five run cushion in the first inning, and he made those runs stand up as he shutout the Manatees over a season-high 6.0 innings.
The Manatees put up more of a fight tonight. In fact, they out hit the Threshers 11-8.
Viza pitched out of a couple scoring situations in the first couple innings. In the first inning, a seeing-eye single and a Texas Leaguer put two runners on base. A strike out and ground out ended the threat.
An error by shortstop Drew Stankiewicz and another single to start the second inning created another jam for Viza. He escaped that threat with his third strike out and a couple air outs.
After a 1-2-3 third inning, Viza found himself in a first and third situation with two outs. The batter dropped a bunt down the third base line. Mitch Walding charged, bare-handed, and threw in one motion to nab the runner and keep Viza’s slate clean.
In the fifth, Viza had a runner on first and two outs. The batter lined a single to left. For some reason, the runner on first decided to try for third. Damek Tomscha gunned him out to end the inning. Questionable base running decision.
Viza ended his night with a 1-2-3 sixth inning, punctuated with a third out strike out. He gave way to what appeared to be a rusty Jairo Munoz who hadn’t pitched in 5 days. Munoz pitched one inning plus two batters into the eighth. He had allowed a single and walked 4 batters. He was lifted after two walks to start the eighth.
Joey DeNato came on to finish the game. He also hadn’t pitched in 5 days. He induced three fly balls to defuse the situation in the eighth. But, he gave up three singles and the Manatees only run in the ninth.
The Threshers opened the scoring with a 5-spot in the first inning. Cord Sandberg walked with one out and advanced to third on 2 wild pitches while Carlos Tocci made the second out of the inning. Kyle Martin walked to put runners on the corners, and the Threshers got four consecutive two-out, RBI base hits. Walding singled in the first run. Zach Green followed with another RBI single. Stankiewicz contributed an RBI double. And, Chace Numata finished the scoring with a two-run single.
The Threshers went dormant for a few innings. Sandberg walked in the second and was thrown out on a steal attempt. The Manatees retired seven Threshers in a row until Scott Kingery opened the fifth with a single. Sandberg and Tocci also singled to load the bases. They got a run on Martin’s double play ball. Their last base runner came when Kingery singled to open the seventh. He was erased on an a 3u, 3-6 double play when he over slid the bag and was tagged out.
Viza has a 5-pitch mix that includes a FastBall, CUtter, SLider, CHange up, and Curve Ball. He seemed to mix his pitches and velocity well, but the stadium gun failed on 28 of his 85 pitches (32.9%). He threw 24 FB from 91-93, t94 mph (7, 10, 6, 1). He struck out 5 batters, 4 swinging. He got 15 called strikes and 6 swinging strikes. His strike outs came on pitches of 89 (looking), unknown, unknown, 84, and 82 mph.
Viza threw 43 pitches in the first two innings (18 and 25). He threw 42 over his next four innings (12, 11, 11, and 8). Here’s the breakdown of his results for the two games I’ve seen.
- Pitch 4/11 4/23
- Swing 10, 18.5% 6, 9.8%
- Called 10, 18.5% 15, 24.6%
- Foul 15, 27.8% 20, 32.8%
- Other 19, 35.2% 20, 32.8%
- Strikes 54 61
- Balls 20 24
- S/B% 73/27 71.8/28.2
Viza threw first-pitch strikes on 15 of 25 batters (60%). Not quite as good as the 18 for 22 (81.8%) he managed during his April 11th outing.
Viza’s game lines –
- April 11 – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 74 pitches/54 strikes, FB 91-93, t94 mph.
- April 23 – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 85 pitches/61 strikes, FB 91-93, t94 mph.
The box score and recap for the game is here.
Extra Innings –
- Cord Sandberg reached base three more times going 1-2 (.346) with an infield single and 2 BB.
- Scott Kingery went 2-4 (.286).
- The efficient Threshers went 5-7 with RISP, and had only 3 LOB for the game.
- Jairo Munoz was called for a balked with runners on the corners in the seventh inning. Coach Legg came out to question the call, calmly. The home plate umpire who made the call conferenced with the other umpire who had been stationed between the mound and second base. After a short discussion, the umpires went to the Manatees’ third base coach, and shortly afterward overturned the call. The runner had to return to third and a run came off the board. Who needs replay?
- The Threshers have the top pitching staff in the FSL.
- Lowest ERA at 1.89
- Tied for most shutouts, 4
- Fewest hits allowed, 105
- Fewest runs allowed, 40
- Fewest ER allowed, 32
- Fewest HB, 0 (note that 7 Threshers have been HBP)
- Fewest BB , 40 (even after the 4 by Munoz tonight)
- Second most strike outs, 151
- Lowest WHIP, 0.95