Tyler Viza scattered seven singles as the Clearwater Threshers defeated the Brevard County Manatees 6-1 Saturday night. The Threshers provided Viza a five run cushion in the first inning, and he made those runs stand up as he shutout the Manatees over a season-high 6.0 innings. Continue reading Viza Stymies Manatees, Threshers Win 12th, 6-1; April 23, 2016
Elniery Garcia entered Friday’s game against the Brevard County Manatees with a 2-0 record and 0.00 ERA. He allowed his first run of the season, but pitched seven, three-hit innings before turning a 1-1 game over to the bullpen. Jesen Therrien closed out the Manatees and the Threshers pushed across a run to notch their 11th win. Continue reading Garcia Dominant in Threshers 2-1 Victory; April 22, 2016
The Threshers completed a three-game sweep of the Daytona Tortugas behind six shutout innings from Ranfi Casimro. The right hander was lifted after a 24-pitch sixth inning. Alexis Rivero and Victor Arano combined to complete the shutout over the last three innings. The Threshers pushed across an unearned run on Kyle Martin’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth, just in time to make Casimiro the pitcher of record. The win was Casimiro’s third in as many starts. Continue reading Casimiro Picks up Third Win as Threshers Sweep Daytona; April 21, 2016
In game two of a three game series against Daytona, Matt Imhof shutout the Tortugas over six innings of one-hit ball. Miguel Nunez was touched for a meaningless two-out, two-run home run in the ninth, but Imhof recorded his first win of the season. Continue reading Imhof Records First Win as Threshers Beat Daytona, 4-2; April 20, 2016
Will Morris made his Clearwater Threshers’ debut against the Charlotte Stone Crabs and Tampa Bay’s #2 prospect and MLB’s #42 prospect, RHP Brent Honeywell. Morris accounted for himself well with 5.0 shutout innings. Neither starter figured into the decision as both teams featured sharp pitching and improved defense. The game swung on a passed ball in the eighth inning. Nevertheless, Morris and bullpen mates Matt Hockenberry and Jesen Therrien pitched very well this evening. Continue reading Threshers Drop Tough One to the Stone Crabs, 2-1; April 12, 2016
Lehigh Valley (0-2) at Rochester, postponed.
Reading (3-2) Raced out to an early lead and held on to beat Richmond, 8-5. Anthony Vasquez went 7.0 innings and gave up 2 ER on 6 hits, 0 BB, and 6 K. Jeremy Bleich made it close over the last two innings. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/11/2016
Tyler Viza made his Clearwater Threshers’ debut a memorable one with a 4-3 victory over the 2015 Florida State League Champion Charlotte Stone Crabs. Viza (pronounced Veye-zah) threw 74 pitches in his 5.2 inning outing. He was lifted in the sixth inning after a lead off single advanced to third on back-to-back ground outs. Viza threw 54 strikes and allowed 4 hits, 3 runs, and 2 unearned runs. He struck out 3 and walked none. Continue reading Threshers Defeat Stone Crabs, 4-3; April 11, 2016
June 24, 2015; Clearwater, FL
Okay, it wasn’t a pennant. But it was the Florida State League North Division’s First Half clinching game. On June 14th, the Daytona Tortugas beat beat Tampa Yankees to raise their record to 37-26. That same day the Clearwater Threshers beat the Brevard County Manatees to raise their record to 32-31 and remain 5 games back with 7 to play.
While Daytona was dropping a four game series on the road against the Fort Myers Miracle, the Threshers split their series with the St. Lucie Mets. They crept back within 3 games of the Tortugas with a pivotal half-ending, three game series between the teams this week. A series sweep by Clearwater would tie the teams for the division lead. But the first tie-breaker was head-to-head play, and the Threshers entered the series with a 5-4 advantage. Continue reading The Threshers Win the Pennant! The Threshers Win the Pennant
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
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