Last night we watched Ranfi Casimiro make his Florida State League debut and get a big “shutdown” inning and play the “stopper” role to picked up the win and the first “W” of the season for the Clearwater Threshers.
The Threshers beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 9-5 behind Casimiro and two relievers Miguel Nunez and Jesen Therrien.
The Threshers went down 3-2 after scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Casimiro settled in after giving up three runs on three singles and a double to open the bottom half of the first.
After getting a double-play ground ball and a fly out Casimiro pitched out of the inning. He would go on and pitch four more innings of no-run, one-hit ball.
His big shutdown inning was the third after homers by DH, Kyle Martin and first baseman Zach Green broke open the game for Clearwater to help put up a four spot in the top half of the inning. In the bottom half after a walk, Casimiro retired the side in turn. Watch his last five strikeouts HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. He retired the last nine batters he faced in his five innings of work.
Casimiro struck out seven batters over his final four innings giving up only one hit and a walk. This places him third in strikeouts and highest in strikeout to walk ratio to open the Florida State League season.
Also important, Casimiro played the vital stopper role after the Threshers lost the first two games to open the season to the Blue Jays.
In addition to the two homers, the Clearwater offense was fueled by two triples by shortstop Drew Stankiewicz, two doubles by second baseman Scott Kingery and three RBIs by centerfielder Carlos Tocci.
The four game series ends Sunday afternoon with lefty starter Elniery Garcia making his FSL debut for Threshers. Garcia is the top ranked left-hander by MLB in the Phillies minor league system.