Many times when watching minor league level baseball at the A ball level, you just know most of those guys on the field will never play major league baseball and the games leave much to be desired at times.
Last night was a striking exception. The Clearwater Threshers showed skill sets that will play well at the final level in an interesting 4-1 win over the Daytona Tortugas at Bright House.
Standing out was starting pitcher Tom Eshelman who pitched a masterful, one-run, two-hitter, striking out nine and retiring the final 15 batters he faced in seven innings. Watch his first and last strikeouts, HERE and HERE. Then, Jesen Therrien came on and was dominating in securing a two inning save striking out four with a devastating slider. Watch the last out of the game, HERE. Neither pitcher walked a batter.
With the bat, it was Zach Green who lined a homers into the first row of seats in left to tie the game up at 1-1. Watch HERE. In his next at bat he worked a walk and he came around to score on a great slide at the plate where he avoided the tag to give the Threshers a 2-1 lead. Watch HERE.
It was a textbook example on how to come from behind to win a baseball game: Great starting and relief pitching, a home run to tie it up, a great slide at home to get the lead and two tack on runs to put the game away.