It was opening night in the Florida State League and we saw a rather exciting game despite watching the Clearwater Threshers go down 6-2 on a “bloop and a blast” by the Dunedin Blue Jays.
The Threshers jumped out to a quick 2-1 lead on a homer to left by red-hot Mitch Walding HERE and a sacrifice fly by Cord Sandberg watch HERE. Cord had doubled earlier in the game, watch HERE. Newly acquired Tom Eshelman with his fastball sitting at 90 and topping at 92 made it stand up until the sixth inning.
Then a bloop single off of reliever Victor Arano drove in two more runs for Dunedin. The Blue Jays put icing on the cake with a two-run homer in the seventh off of Arano.
Two other players started the 2016 season well in a 7-4 defeat for Lakewood. Deivi Grullon was a triple short of the cycle in going three for four with a single, double and home run. The catcher finished the 2015 season strong hitting over .300 in August for the BlueClaws and his picked up where he left off last night in Lexington, Kentucky.
Jose Taveras came on in relief for the BlueClaws and pitched three, no run, no hit innings striking out five. Taveras has had a great spring and started out spring training when we watched him strikeout the side in the Canadian Juinior National team game to kickoff the spring training games.
The Phillies organization teams have not won a game at any level so far but we have seen some good baseball in any event.