Pully is back big time, Sandberg is driving the ball but lost a chance to get the Threshers back into the second game and Viza is now 5-1 to lead the Threshers pitching staff. This about sums up our watching the Threshers in a doubleheader on Sunday at Bright House.
The Threshers won the first game 9-1 and lost the second game in extra innings 4-3 to hold on to a two game lead over the rival Tampa Yankees for first place in the Northern Division of the Florida State League.
Andrew Pullin was listed as retired on his MiLB players page on April 9th. Then the 22-year-old’s page was updated to say he was signed to a minor league contract as a “free agent” by the Phillies on May 10th.
Recharged, Pully had a big first weekend back going 5 for 13 with a homer and five RBIs in his last three games. Watch his home run HERE. He hit a long, two- run, homer to the base of the flag poles in right center at Bright House and doubled in yesterday’s first game to drive in a total of four runs in the game. His double on Saturday in Tampa was hit so hard down the line in right that it scattered the Yankee bullpen. Watch HERE. Even his outs have been hard hit. Welcome back Pully!
I still don’t what to make of Cord Sandberg. Yesterday, he threw a runner out from left, stole a bag, drove a ball off the wall in right just fair inside the foul line for an rbi double, watch HERE, and then hit another line drive to left for an rbi single in the second game, watch HERE, that gave hope for bigger and better things from him.
Later in the second game with the Threshers down 4-3 in the bottom of the eight of a seven inning game, he popped up a drag bunt attempt back to the pitcher leading off which effectively took all the steam out of a potential Threshers comeback rally. The situation beckoned for an extra base hit or long ball to set the table to get the Threshers back into the game.
Pullin, Sandberg and Viza are three key players in the Threshers battle to win the first half championship in the FSL.