Ranfi Casimiro’s sinker was working and Derek Campbell peppered the left field corner with extra base hits as the Clearwater Threshers defeated the Tampa Yankees 5-2 at George Steinbrenner Stadium on Friday night,
Casimiro picked up his fourth win of the season and is now tied for wins in the Florida State League. Using his sinker all the Yankees could do for the most part was swing and miss over top of his pitches or drive his pitches into the ground. He was efficient in needing only 72 pitches to strike out five in his six innings of work and induced a series of ground ball outs. In five starts so far this season Casimiro is yet to give up a home run. Watch several of his strikeouts from last night HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Super sub Derek Campbell has been forced to play some outfield because of numerous Threshers injuries. Last night starting left fielder Drew Stankiewicz appeared to pull a side muscle and had to leave the game. He joins outfielders Herlis Rrodriguez and Carlos Tocci with injuries tough Tocci is expected back soon.
Campbell had his best game of the season with the bat driving in three runs on a double in the second and a two-run triple in the fourth to provide the Threshers with the winning margin. Watch Campbell’s double, HERE.
Casimiro is having the best season of his career with his 4-1 record.. He leads the Threshers in strikeout with 30 in 26 innings and has his lowest earn run average of his career at 2.76 after five starts.
He finished strong with Lakewood last season going 7-2 in the second half of the South Atlantic League and is now 4-1 to start the Florida State League to go 11-3 over his last 14 decisions
The Threshers 19-9 record puts them three games up on the second place Yankees in the northern division and they have the best record overall in the FSL. They go back at it this evening in Tampa.