The Threshers finished their home schedule with a loss to the Tampa Yankees that lowered their home record to 21-51. With three road games in Lakeland this weekend they can improve on their 25-38 road record. Tonight, Colin Kleven got the start. The big righty has been effective this season. He came into the game with the fourth lowest walks per 9 innings in the FSL with 29 walks in 130.2 innings for a ratio of 2.0 walks per game.
The first batter Kleven faced seemed to set the pattern for his evening. The lead off batter worked an 8-pitch at bat before lining a double to center field. Kleven would continue to run deep counts through the first two innings. At the conclusion of the second inning, he had already thrown 42 pitches to nine batters. Kleven continued to battle until the Yankees got to him in the sixth inning. His final line and pitching stats – Continue reading Threshers Close Home Schedule With 8-2 Loss; August 28, 2014
Miguel Nunez Faced the Brevard County Manatees Sunday afternoon and pitched one heck of a game. He threw a season high 8 innings, and 67% strikes before leaving with a 2-1 lead. The bullpen failed to hold on and a ninth inning rally fell short as the Threshers dropped a heart breaker 5-4.
Nunez got offensive support on solo home runs by J.P. Crawford and Art Charles. Crawford came through again in the ninth but it wasn’t enough. Continue reading Nunez Pitching Gem Wasted; August 24, 2014
Kevin Walter made his third start of the season and recorded his second win with 5 solid innings against the Brevard County Manatees. The Threshers used a four run fourth inning to erase an early deficit, and the bullpen kept the Manatees at bay to post a 6-2 victory.
Brevard County is an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. They boast 7 of the Brewers’ top 20 prospects. Their line up includes #1 Tyrone Taylor (2012, 2nd round, 92nd overall), #2 Orlando Arcia (2010, international free agent), #9 Victor Roache (2012, 1st, 28), and #12 Michael Reed(2011, 5th, 161). They hold down the second through fifth positins in their line up. The Threshers’ staff held them to 4 singles in 15 at bats with a walk and 6 strike outs. Continue reading Walter Wins Again; August 23, 2014
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.
After 124 games and 37 series, the Clearwater Threshers finally swept a team in a three game series this weekend. Thanks to some timely hitting and excellent starting pitching the Threshers have their fourth 3-game winning streak of the second half and the season. Friday, Jordan Guth pitched 7 innings of 4-hit ball allowing 1 earned run. Saturday, Colin Kleven pitched 6 innings of 5-hit ball allowing 2 earned runs.
Today, Kevin Walter made his second start and registered his first win of the season. He pitched a strong game and was replaced after 5 innings. His final line was – Continue reading Walter Completes Sweep of Lakeland; August 17, 2014
I attended my first GCL game in several weeks today. Denton Keys pitched a solid 5 innings against the GCL Pirates. He scattered 5 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter allowing 2 runs, only one of them earned. The defense was a little shaky all day. The 3 errors charged were a little generous. A couple more could have been charged.
Austin Davis and undrafted free agent Kyle Bogese combined to pitch the final 4 innings. Davis allowed 3 hits in 2.1 innings but was aided by a pick off and a caught stealing. Bogese got the win with 1.2 innings of no-hit ball. Each reliever recorded 3 strikes out. The Phillies won 3-2. Continue reading GCL, FSL, and Biddle; August 13, 2014
Nic Hanson made his first start of the season with the Threshers after 3 rehab starts in the GCL where he pitched 5 hitless innings in his last appearance. Hanson pitched well in Lakewood last season before being promoted to Clearwater for 5 so-so August starts. He’s tall at 6’7 and features 3 pitches – a high 80s fastball that ranges from 86-90, a change up, and a slider. The slider is still a work in progress, but the change up is an effective secondary pitch. Hanson came into the game on an 80 pitch limit. Continue reading Mets Drub Threshers; August 4, 2014
The Threshers 3 game winning streak came to an end when they returned home Friday night. Mark Leiter was coming off 2 solid starts where he had allowed only 2 runs in 16 innings, one his complete game shutout of Charlotte on July 20th. Leiter battled with control issues as the Threshers lost the first game of an 8-game home stand, 8-3. Continue reading Leiter Struggles Against Mets; August 1, 2014
Aaron Nola 2-hit the Miracle through 5 innings and the Threshers scored 9 runs in the second and third innings as Clearwater beat Fort Myers and took the series against the FSL South, first half division champions, three games to one. In the process, they helped drop the Miracle into a second place tie in the second half standings.
Aaron Nola pitched another good game. He allowed one run on 2 hits and a walk. He threw 73 pitches, 47 for strikes. He relied heavily on his fast ball, throwing predominantly 2- and 4- seam fastballs through the first 3 innings. One of his rare early inning curve balls resulted in a strike out to end the first inning. Continue reading Nola/Quinn Lead Assault on Fort Myers; July 31, 2014
Miguel Gonzalez was activated today and began his Major League Rehab Assignment. He started for the Threshers and was less than impressive. I went down to the bullpen to watch his pre-game warmups. It wasn’t pretty. He was consistently high with most of his pitches. At one point, the pitching coach (Bob Milacki, I think) stopped him to pantomine a delivery and release. A few pitches later, Gonzalez launched a wild pitch that Logan Moore could barely get leather on. The ball rattled around in the walkway and eventually rolled through the open door into left field.
When the game started, Gonzalez’ control problems continued. Continue reading Miguel Gonzalez Begins Rehab with Threshers