Rhys Hoskins was the only source of offensive life in the Clearwater Threshers two game losing playoff run. They were dispatched by the Reds’ Daytona Tortugas in the Florida State League best of three, first round playoffs.
They received reasonable pitching from starters Ricardo Pinto in the first game and John Richy in second but they struggled to put the ball in play and score runs. The Threshers struck out 22 times in 18 innings, scored only a run on Hoskins homer to go with eight hits overall in the two losses.
Hoskins single in the seventh inning broke up a no-hitter for Daytona’s Amir Garrett in the 3-0 first game defeat and last night they lost 2-1 with Hoskins hitting a line drive homer into the visitor’s bullpen as the only run they could score in the two games. Watch the Hoskins homer HERE. Hoskins ended the season very strong hitting .417 over his last ten games including the final eight regular season and the two playoff games.
Pinto was credited with a quality start giving up three runs in six innings but suffered the loss in Game One to finish the season with a 15-5 record.
Last night Richy was effective giving up only two runs, one earned, to take the loss. Watch a Richy strikeout HERE.
Reliever Alexis Rivero came on last night and pitched 1.1 innings striking out three. He gave up no hits and only a walk. He finish the season strong pitching 18.1 innings over his last nine relief appearances giving up only one run and striking out 20 during that time. Watch a Rivero strikeout from last night, HERE.
It’s finally all over for the 2015 Threshers season. They did manage to finish with the best overall record in the FSL regular season. Still, they overachieved with the talent they had especially at the end losing J.P. Crawford, Andrew Knapp at midseason and Dylan Cozens with two weeks to go to call-ups to AA Reading but that is minor league baseball.