Clearwater was scheduled to play two games against Daytona Thursday, but our Florida weather forced the postponement of the second game to Friday. However, they did get the first game in even with lightning strikes in the distance beyond right field. Unfortunately, they dropped the game, 6-1.
Rafael Marcano was scheduled to start with Hsin-Chieh Lin making his 2021 debut as his piggyback partner. Unfortunately, Marcano had to leave the game when he reached an organizational limit of 30 pitches in the second inning.
Three weeks ago, Marcano no-hit the Tortugas through five scoreless innings. He had struck out eight, walked none, and threw 66 pitches (44 strikes). Last night, Marcano retired just four batters.
Marcano breezed through the first inning, striking out two batters and inducing a ground out to Micah Yonamine at first base. But, he struggled to find the strike zone in the second.
After a leadoff strikeout, Marcano fell behind the next batter and gave up a laser into the Threshers’ bullpen. Luis Garcia committed the first of two errors and Marcano came off the rails. He balked the runner to second then completed walking a batter. After a mound visit, Marcano got two quick strikes before walking a second batter and loading the bases. The walk concluded on his 30th pitch of the inning and his night was over.
Lefthanded Tyler Adams entered the game with one out and the bases loaded. He needed one pitch to escape the inning. He induced a first-pitch fly ball to right field. Yhoswar Garcia continued to impress. He had time to catch the ball from behind which allowed an efficient throw to the plate that beat the runner and ended the inning.
Adams went from hero to losing pitcher the next inning. He loaded the bases with a leadoff walk, single, and Garcia’s second error. He brought home a run with a wild pitch, then reloaded the bases with a four-pitch walk. After a mound visit, he gave up a run on a ground ball to Garcia who opted for the sure out at first base. Adams then righted himself with two strikeouts on seven pitches.
Lin made an inauspicious start to the fourth inning walking the leadoff batter. He escaped damage from the walk when catcher Juan Aparicio threw the runner out on a steal attempt. Lin couldn’t avoid similar trouble the next inning when he started the fifth with two walks and a three-run HR. He seemed to regain his bearings and retired three straight batters, two by strikeouts.
Lin faced two batters in the sixth – a strikeout and a single – and was lifted after his 40th pitch. Brendan Bell came on and pitched the final 1.2 innings.
The Threshers managed just three hits. Kendall Simmons gave the team a short-lived lead with his first HR of the season in the first inning. Johan Rojas opened the third inning with a triple (it looked like a double and error to me) after the Tortugas had gone ahead in the top of the inning. The Threshers failed to score. And, Simmons leadoff single in the sixth. Micah Yonamine’s one-out walk put two runners on but a double play ended the Threshers last gasp.
- Marcano – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
- Adams (L, 0-2) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ERE, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
- Lin – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP
- Bell – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Adams (3) and Bell(1) stranded all the base runners they inherited.
Marcano struggled with his control (55.6%), as did Adams (55.6%). Lin, coming off a rehab stumbled to 50% control. Lin’s velocity was also down.
Simmons (.167) went 2-3 with a run scored, RBI, HR (1). His HR was a towering shot to right centerfield. The light breeze in that direction had little effect on the ball.
Yonamine (.250) went 0-1 with 2 walks.
Luis Garcia committed two fielding errors on what looked like fairly routine plays.
On Yhoswar Garcia’s outfield assist, he placed himself in a good position to make his throw to the plate. He appeared to catch the ball a little flat-footed but still got off a strong throw from middle depth right field to Aparicio on the fly. The ball was slightly up the third base line, but well in advance of the runner. Aparicio easily applied the tag.
The Threshers are 22-22. They will make up the second game tomorrow. Probably another 4:00 PM start.
In other action:
Lehigh Valley (20-25) lost to Scranton, 10-2. Julian Garcia (0-3, 7.06) took the loss. Didi went 2-2 with a double and a walk.
Reading (17-28) beat Binghamton, 10-9, in eleven innings on Josh Stephen’s RBI single. Nick Lackney (1-0, 0.00) earned the win. Jonathan Hennigan (8.15) and Kyle Dohy (1.13) combined to throw four scoreless, no-hit innings in relief. Stephen went 2-4 with 3 RBI. Jack Conley went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, a triple, walk, and HR (1). Madison Stokes went 2-6 with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI, a double, and HR (4).
Jersey Shore (19-25) beat Brooklyn, 3-0, on two hits. Kevin Gowdy (2-3, 3.58) tossed six no-hit innings. He walked two and struck out five. Vito Friscia went 1-3 with a triple, walk, and RBI.
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