The Clearwater Threshers missed a chance to close the gap between themselves and the Dunedin Blue Jays in the FSL North playoff race. They fell behind last night on a three-run home run in the first inning. And then battled back to take a late lead. Then they gave the game away in the final two innings.
Edgar Garcia took the mound against St. Lucie and labored through a 27-pitch first inning. He gave up a three-run home run that put the weak hitting Threshers behind the proverbial eight ball. But, Garcia limited the Mets to 3 hits and a walk the rest of the way, keeping the Threshers in the game until their offense could get untracked.
Garcia pitched six innings, gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. He struck out six and threw 89 pitches/59 strikes (64%). He pitched from behind all night, throwing 12 of 24 first pitch strikes. But he battled and avoiding trouble. His FB was 91-93 MPH.
Aaron Brown gave up 2 hits in one inning of work and has yet to give up an earned run. He struck out one. J.D. Hammer (1.13) gave up one hit in one inning. After the Threshers had fought back to take the lead in the eighth inning, Seth McGarry came in to tie down the save. He failed, wild pitching home the tying run. He started the tenth and committed the cardinal sin of walking the lead off batter. When the dust cleared the Mets had a 2 run lead, and eventual victory.
The Threshers fought back with single runs in the fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. In the fourth, walks to Carlos Duran and Edgar Cabral and an RBI single by Austin Bossart got the Threshers on the board. In the sixth, Cabral singled and reached second on a ground out. he scored on an RBI double by Bossart. In the seventh, Jose Antequera walked and scored on Cornelius Randolph’s one-out, RBI triple. But they couldn’t get Randolph home from third. In the eighth, they took the lead on Bossart’s sacrifice fly.
Bossart had 2 hits and 3 RBI. Carlos Duran stole 2 bases.
Tebow-mania. The attendance for the Threshers was phenomenal. They had the second highest total of the season on Monday, and the highest daily totals for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They totaled 3 of their 5 biggest crowds of the season. And they had 10, 000 more people than normal over the four game series.
Tebow played LF in game one and DH the next 3 days. He went 1-16 with a run scored, 2 RBI, 3 BB, and 6 K. He looked over matched against off speed pitches and was often late on fastballs. He looked shaky in left field.
The Tampa Yankees have opened a substantial lead in the second half race. They have already won the first half. Playoff procedures call for the team with the best overall record (other than the Yankees, of course) to fill the remaining playoff slot.
The Threshers finished second in the first half but have played so poorly in the second half that they trail the Blue Jays by 2.5 games. That the Threshers are still alive in spite of losing ten or their last eleven games is amazing. Fortunately, the Jays have dropped 6 of their last 8 and are coming off a 19-4 whipping by Palm Beach.
Clearwater has a 62-62 record. They are 24-30 in the second half.
- #2: Sanchez (0-2, 6.00):
- #14: Randolph (.258): went 1-5 with a triple, RBI (53), 2 K
- #16: Suarez: (2-3, 3.00):
- #18: Romero (3-2, 2.45):
- #19 Gomez: (.154): DNP
- #24 Mills: (0-1, 4.60):
- #30: Ed. Garcia (3-4, 4.19): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- Arauz: (4-3. 2.15):
- Dominguez: (3-3, 3.29):
- McGarry: (1-2, 2.16): 1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.