Nothing beats a couple of “big flies” but the three-run type usually beats the solo type. That’s what happened last night at Spectrum Field where the Lakewood BlueClaws downed the Clearwater Threshers 4-1.
Lakewood’s DH, Alex Wojciechowski lined a three run homer just over the left field wall off the first row of seats in the top of fifth inning which turned out the be the game winning hit. Watch HERE.
Wojo’s three-run shot padded a 1-0 lead that the BlueClaws grabbed in the first inning on a frozen rope, two out, double to right by first baseman Darick Hall to drive in Mickey Moniak. Watch HERE. Mickey reached on a throwing error by Threshers second baseman Drew Stankiewicz.
After being held scoreless, the Threshers finally broke through in the ninth on a tape measure home run by third baseman Jan Hernandez off of Lakewood’s closer Ismael Cabrera. The ball landed near the top of the berm in left center. Watch HERE.
The most dominating pitcher of the game was Clearwater’s closer Jeff Singer who struck out the side in the ninth. Watch his final strikeout HERE.
The Threshers used nine pitchers, each going an inning, led by starter Alberto Tirado followed by Blake Quinn, Jose Taveras, Cole Irvin, Edgar Garcia, Tyler Gilbert, Luke Leftwich, Jacob Waguesback and Singer. Other than the homer and double the Threshers staff held the BlueClaws without a hit.
The BlueClaws used seven pitchers led by starter Bailey Falter who pitched the first inning. Then, Nick Fanti came on to pitch three shutout innings followed by Adonis Medina, Ranger Suarez, Harold Arauz, Trevor Bettencourt and Cabrera pitching an inning each.
The best defensive plays in the game were by Lakewood’s first baseman Brett Barbier who came on for Hall and made a couple of great defensive plays at first in the 7th inning. Watch HERE.
Lakewood opens the SAL season Thursday in Kannapolis, North Carolina. I would expect the much heralded Sixto Sanchez getting the start.
Clearwater opens on the same night against the Dunedin Blue Jays who travel four miles down the road for a visit. I would expect Franklyn Kilome to take the mound. Both Sanchez and Kilome were charting in the stands last night.