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
The Threshers followed up their come-from-ahead first game loss to the Brevard County Manatees with a 7-2 loss in the second game of the double header. They continued their passive offensive ways with 4 hits in the night cap. Newcomer Jesmuel Valentin was replaced by Angelo Mora in the second game.
Jeb Stefan was touched for a run in the first inning. He allowed the first 5 batters to reach base in the second inning on the way to giving up another 5 runs. He settled down after that and retired 13 consecutive batters before surrendering a solo home run in the sixth inning. His final line was – Continue reading … And Threshers Can’t Overcome 6-0 Second Inning Deficit; August 22, 2014
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
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 were stymied in their attempt to take the third game of the four game series against the Stone Crabs. Jeb Stuart started and did a KK impersonation, allowing 3 runs on 1 hit in the first inning. The Threshers rallied for 4 runs in the fifth inning to tie the game but Stefan and Ethan Stewart combined to surrender 3 runs in the top of the sixth inning. The Crabs held on for a 7-5 victory.
Stefan has struggled in the first inning this season. Going into his 12th start, his first inning ERA was 14.34. After tonight’s first inning he had pitched 11.2 first innings and allowed 20 earned runs, raising his first inning ERA to 15.42. He has allowed the opposing team to score first in half of his starts. Continue reading Crabs beat Threshers; July 22, 2014
We’ve all heard the term “a heartbreaking loss”. Well, if there is such a thing as a “heartbreaking win”, the Threshers put their fans through one this afternoon. Actually, heart wrenching or gut wrenching are probably better descriptive terms
The Threshers hitters were facing a young hurler making his Florida State League debut for the Daytona Cubs. Right hander, Justin Amlung, was 4-0 with an ERA of 1.54 with Kane County in A ball. It seems that most of the games I cover, the Threshers run into guys with sub 3.00 ERAs who shut them down, or plus 4.00 ERAs who pitch their game of the season. Not today. Continue reading Threshers; June 8, 2014
There were a few more roster moves before tonight’s game.
- Herlis Rodriguez assigned to XST.
- Justin Parr assigned to Clearwater from XST.
- Shawn Camp promoted to Lehigh Valley.
- Pete Lavin promoted to Reading.
- Anthony Hewitt assigned to Clearwater from Reading.
I don’t know what is normal for an affiliate, but the Threshers have 86 transactions. By comparison, the Bradenton Marauders pre-game fact sheet lists 25 as of June 1st. So, 86 seems a little high to me. And there should be more in the next couple weeks if signed draft picks are assigned, if anyone is promoted from Lakewood, if anymore are demoted from Reading, and if anyone is released to make room for signed draft picks. Continue reading Threshers; June 3, 2014
This game followed what is becoming a familiar theme as some of the starting pitchers improve. Starter pitches well. Offense struggles. Defense plays unevenly. Threshers lose. Tonight, the victim was Jeb Stefan. He pitched a season high 6 innings, allowed 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 2 walks, 2 strike outs, and 1 wild pitch. He left trailing 1-0. One other bright spot was Lino Martinez. He enetered the 8th inning with one out and the bases loaded. He retired 4 in a row before allowing two base runners in the 9th inning and then closing out the opposition. Continue reading Threshers; May 29, 2014
Brody Colvin started his third game since joining the Threshers. He struggled with his control all night. Most of his pitches looked like they were high. Even his strikes looked like they were up in the zone as he threw 39 strikes and 36 balls. He pitched from behind on most batters, only throwing 4 first-pitch strikes.
Colvin lasted 3.2 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. His 1 strike out came on the third out of the first inning with 2 runners on base as he ended a Hammerhead threat. Continue reading Threshers; May 13, 2014
Okay, before I start with the notes from the XST game, let me give you the big news. Ethan Martin pitched in the Threshers’ game tonight. He gave up a single and walked 2 batters. He lasted only 2/3 of an inning. He threw 23 pitches, only 8 for strikes. Now for the bad news. He hit 92 only once. (Dunedin’s Florida Exchange Stadium posts the pitch speed.) He was in the 89-91 range for all of his other fastballs. After ground balls to first on 3-1 counts for each of the first two batters, he surrendered a single on a 1-0 pitch. Then he walked the next batter on 4 pitches. After a visit by Milacki to the visibly aggravated Martin, he ran a deep count before walking his last batter to load the bases. I’m not so much concerned about his command, the umpire was erratic all night, prompting catcalls from the fans all night. But the lack of velocity was alarming.
So, let’s finish the Threshers’ report. Darin Ruf started in left field. Continue reading XST and Threshers May 9, 2014