Last night the visiting Clearwater Threshers completed the sweep of a three-game series against the Dunedin Blue Jays in Florida State League action. They won 6-2 and are now an amazing 22-9 on the road in the second half. They seem to do it with timely hitting, good pitching and strong defense. Last night’s game was no exception.
The offense in the three game series has been led by first baseman Rhys Hoskins. In the three game series he hit long home runs in each of the first two games and last night got the Threshers on the board with an rbi double off the wall in left. Watch HERE.
In the three game sweep they outscored the Blue Jays 21-9 and out hit them 33-18. They played errorless ball with great defense. Right fielder Dylan Cozens was catching everything hit his way including making another great catch to end last night’s game. Watch HERE.
Still it was the pitching that led the way and last night’s game was no exception. Mark Leiter Jr. held the Blue Jays to only two runs in six innings to pick up the win and extend his FSL record to 5-1 with a 2.18 ERA. Watch HERE for one of his five strikeouts. Each of the three starting pitchers in the series Ricardo Pinto, Matt Imhof and Leiter picked up quality start wins.
The bullpen was strong as well. Last night was no exception. Twenty-year old Alexis Rivero came on and and faced only ten batters, allowing no runs or hits over the final three innings on only 37 pitchers. He came on in the seventh to pick up his second save of the season by striking out the first four batters in turn he faced. Watch HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. He struck out five total and the only baserunner to reach base was on a full count walk.
The Threshers three-game series sweep on the road in Dunedin was about as close to perfect baseball as it will ever get.