Even though the Threshers played a double header against the Brevard County Manatees, the big story was the return of Kelly Dugan. He played right field in the first game and was the DH in the night cap. He went a combined 2-7 with a BB, K, and his first HR of the season. He hit the ball hard most at bats. The original plan was for Dugan to play the outfield Friday and Saturday, DH on Sunday, then take stock. Friday’s rain derailed that plan. I expect that he’ll play the outfield Sunday. He could return to Reading not long after that. He looks ready.
The Threshers lost the opener. Continue reading Kelly Dugan Returns, Again; June 13, 2015
The Threshers lost to division-leading Charlotte in the first game of a double header, 8-2. As I type this, water from a heavy, between games downpour is ponding in foul territory in front of the left field stands. The start of second game is in doubt.
This is probably not a bad outcome for the Threshers. Although they outhit the Stone Crabs 11-10, they still looked to be suffering the after affects of a virus that attacked the coaches and players at the end of their recently completed road trip. Some media outlets had reported that the team had contracted food poisoning, but those stories were incorrect.
Continue reading Ailing Threshers Drop Series Opener to Charlotte; May 12, 2015
J.P. Crawford is an impact player. There. If no one has said it, there it is.
The long-awaited return of J.P. Crawford ended today when he strode into the batter’s box to leadoff the home first. The Phillies’ top prospect had been sidelined with a left oblique strain he suffered during spring training. During the past few weeks, he had been working out at the Carpenter Complex and recently completed his rehab stint with the XST squads, when he played the field in back-to-back, nine-inning games. Today, he was the Threshers’ designated hitter and leadoff batter. Continue reading Crawford Returns, Leads Threshers to 7-3 Victory; May 6, 2015
The Threshers beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers in a game that amounted to a pitching duel between their respective pitching staffs. They won the game 4-3 on a single by Dylan Cozens in the seventeenth inning.
Continue reading Threshers Win on Cozens’ Walk Off; April 17, 2015
The Threshers beat the Blue Jays in a game that featured a pitching duel between their respective pitching staffs. They won the game 2-1 on a 2-out, RBI single by Willians Astudillo in the eleventh inning.
The teams used a combined eight pitchers who scattered 18 hits and 3 walks while striking out 15 batters. Domonic Brown was given the night off after going 0-4 with 3 Ks in the first two games of the series. Michael Saunders started in left field and led off for the Jays and scored their only run in the first inning.
Continue reading Threshers Win on Astudillo’s Walk Off; April 11, 2015
The Threshers had a fun first inning in game one of a double header tonight. For the first time all season, I had to change the innings on the score sheet as the Threshers sent 10 batters to the plate. The big damage came on three-run home runs by Art Charles and Chris Serritella. Unfortunately, the Threshers’ offense packed it in for the rest of the game.
Roman Quinn, Jesmuel Valentin, Brad Pointer, and Harold Martinez all hit singles in the first to score ahead of the home runs. The Manatees’ Taylor Williams rebounded from a 33-pitch first inning and shut down the Threshers through the end of the fifth. Williams is the Brewers’ #13 prospect. He was their 4th round pick in 2013, #122 overall. He was recently promoted and came into this game with a 1.80 ERA and 1-1 record in 3 Florida State League starts.
The Threshers’ starter was Colin Kleven. Kleven is among the league leaders in lowest walks per innings pitched at 1.92 per nine. He came into the game having allowed 27 walks and striking out 95 batters in 126.2 innings. He had an easy 1-2-3 first inning. However, he didn’t appear to have his best stuff, and the plate umpire seemed to squeeze him on a couple of occasions. He battled but surrendered single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings before a complete implosion in the fifth allowed the Manatees to tie the score.
Kleven’s pitching notes and some game notes –
- Kleven – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- 21 batters, 12 first pitch strikes
- 92 pitches, 57 strikes
- Of the 57 strikes – 5 swinging, 19 called, 20 fouls, 13 balls in play
- Of the 13 balls in play – 6 infield ground balls, 3 fly outs to CF, 4 base hits
- Of the 4 hits – triple off the top of the CF wall, home run to CF, line drive single, ground ball double down the left field line
- 5 three-ball counts – 3B, SF8, BB, K, and a bases loaded BB on the final batter faced
- Kleven allowed 1 run in a 32-pitch third inning where he faced 5 batters and struck out two
- Kleven’s hard luck fifth inning included an HBP on an 0-2 pitch, a failed fielder’s choice when Crawford was ruled off the bag on Valentin’s throw (blown call) on a 1-2 pitch, an errant throw to second by Martinez on another failed fielder’s choice on a 2-2 pitch, then a 6-pitch walk to end his night
- Quinn, Valentin, and Charles each had 2 hits
- Quinn got picked off first after a leadoff walk in the 4th
Forsythe came in with the bases loaded and the score 6-4, nobody out. Gabriel Lino allowed a passed ball on a pitch where he gave less than minimum effort. Forsythe did give up a run-scoring single, but his 2 strike outs and inning ending fly ball limited the damage. Ridenhour gave up a lead off single in the eighth and couldn’t stop the Manatees’ momentum as they pushed ahead the go ahead run.
The Threshers went quietly in the bottom of the eighth, they managed only 4 hits after the first inning, and we’re getting set for another game in 25 minutes. Yippee.
Jesmuel Valentin made his debut with the Threshers last night. He singled in his first at bat, stole second, and scored on a Brian Pointer single. That was his last impact on scoring in the game until the bottom of the eighth inning.
Due to a rain out on Monday, two 7-inning games were scheduled Tuesday. The start time was pushed back by afternoon rains again. The Threshers took a quick 1-0 lead on Pointer’s single mentioned above. They re-took the lead on Pointer’s opposite field, 2-run home run in the third inning. Pointer leads the team with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs.
Meanwhile, Miguel Nunez battled and was finally lifted with 2 outs in the fourth inning and the bases loaded. Cody Forsythe recorded the final out of the inning on a pop up to shallow center. Nelson Prada left Forsythe in to close out the game. Looked good until with 2 out and 2 strikes, Kyle Schwarber clubbed a game-tying home run to right in the botttom of the seventh inning.
Lee Ridenhour took the loss in the eighth innng on a routine ground ball to second. Ridenhour walked Bill McKinney with one out. The next batter hit a slow ground ball to Valentin at second. He flipped the ball to Crawford to start the inning-ending double play. Then all hell broke loose. Valentin’s flip pulled Crawford off the bag, runner safe on the Valentin throwing error. Chris Serritella could not handle Crawford’s throw at first, batter safe on Crawford’s throwing error. Serritella retrieved the ball and chased down the batter to tag him out for the second out. Meanwhile, Gabriel drifts up the line toward first base, allowing McKinney to continue home to score the game-winning run without a throw.
In another oddity, the Threshers’ line up included 7 left-handed hitters/switch hitters against the Cubs right-handed starter. The Cubs line up featured 9 left-handed batters against the right-handed Nunez. This in part probably explains Prada’s trying to get 7 outs out of Forsythe.
Prada’s other two bullpen lefties pitched in the night cap, Lino Martinez started and Ethan Martin relieved and got the win. Ulises Joaquin picked up the save. Roman Quinn went 2-2 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and his 29th stolen base. Art Charles took the team lead in home runs with his 15th of the season. Valentin and Pointer went 0-3 in the second game. Crawford got the game off.
J.P. Crawford belted 2 home runs as he went 3 for 4 with a stolen base to lead the Threshers to an 8-7 victory over the Daytona Cubs. Crawford’s 2 home runs sailed over the Oakley sign in right field for those familiar with Bright House Field. The first cleared the back fence and left the stadium. Continue reading Crawford Clubs Cubs; August 8, 2014
Miguel Nunez pitched another gem tonight, and the Threshers lost 3-1. Nunez faced a Daytona line up that featured 3 through 6 hitters – Kyle Schwarber (#4 overall in 2014), Dan Vogelbach, Rock Shoulders, and Bill McKinney (#24 overall in 2013). They are all built like blocks of granite and all bat left-handed. Vogelbach and Shoulders have combined for 27 home runs in the FSL this year. Nunez’ line was – Continue reading Nunez Stifles Cubs, Threshers Lose, Yada Yada, Biddle; August 5, 2014
A day after Mark Leiter shut out the Charlotte Stone Crabs; Jordan Guth pitched 6 strong innings in his longest outing of the season. Guth and 2 of the 3 pitchers who relieved him pitched the Threshers to a 4-3 victory. Art Charles and Brian Pointer provided the offense.
Jordan Guth had been used primarily as a reliever since his call-up to Clearwater last season. He posted a 3-3 record and 6.28 ERA in 26 appearances in 2013. Guth had made 24 relief appearances before making his first start this year on July 4th at Dunedin. He pitched 4 innings and didn’t figure in the decision. The arrival of Cliff Lee for rehab temporarily squeezed Guth out of the rotation. He pitched a hitless 3 innings against Palm Beach on July 13th. Continue reading Guth Guts Crabs; July 21, 2014