Okay, since I used a “Friends”-like title as a hook for this report, I’ll explain that story before giving the full game report for what turned out to be an exciting game.
Trailing 3-0 in the top of the eighth inning, the Dunedin Blue Jays loaded the bases with three singles and nobody out – their second, third, and fourth hits of the game. Threshers starter, Mark Leiter who had been very effective all night, then allowed a high fly ball to left field off the bat of Christian Lopes. Left fielder, Dylan Cozens retreated to the wall in front of the bullpens and appeared to have a bead on the ball all the way. He timed his jump at the wall, and looked like he might have brought the ball back. The reaction of the Jays bullpen quickly dispelled that thought as the ball landed in their bullpen. Continue reading The One with the Grand Slam that was Only a Single; June 2, 2015
Clearwater lost 8-7 to the Tampa Yankees. The Threshers couldn’t hold an early lead, but came back to tie before falling behind again. Late runs conceded to the Yankees came back to haunt as the Threshers ninth inning rally fell short.
Continue reading Threshers Fall to Yankees; April 28, 2015
The Threshers broke a modest 2-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Yankees. Brandon Leibrandt picked off half of the 6 runners who reached base during his seven innings with a deceptive slide-step. Edubray Ramos picked up his first save. Continue reading Leibrandt Picks off Yankees; April 21, 2015
The Threshers began the day alone in first place in the FSL North Division. They beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 7-3 in a regular nine inning game. The win raised their record to 7-3 and they remained in sole possession of first place in their division.
Continue reading Threshers Win Again; April 18, 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 rebounded from their season opening home loss against the Dunedin Blue Jays by beating them in their own home opener. The payback didn’t come easy as the Threshers were no-hit through 5 innings and scored their first run without benefit of a hit. But fortunaetly they scored enough to reward David Whitehead with a win for the solid effort he produced. Lee Ridenhour was perfect in a set-up role, and Ulises Joaquin persevered to save the victory.
The game again featured rehabbing major leaguers, Michael Saunders as DH and leadoff hitter for the Blue Jays and RF Domonic Brown batting third and playing 5 innings for the Threshers. Neither figured in the scoring. Continue reading Threshers Win on the Road in Dunedin, 2-0; April 10, 2015
The Threshers opened the 2015 season with a home loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays. The game featured two rehabbing major leaguers, Michael Saunders as DH for the Blue Jays and Domonic Brown in RF for the Threshers. Neither figured in the scoring.
These are not the Matt Boyd/Dalton Pompey/Dwight Smith Blue Jays that were so dominant in the FSL last season. But they have restocked with prospects Mitch Nay (#11), Dawel Lugo (#18), and Matthew Dean (#19) who each hit opposite field home runs. Pitcher Jairo Labourt (#13) stymied the Threshers thru the first four innings before tiring in the fifth and sixth innings. The left-handed pitcher struck out Domonic Brown swinging in his only two ABs. Continue reading Threshers Drop Home Opener 5-2; April 9, 2015