A quality start, a shutdown closer and a timely walk-0ff home run in extra innings does it every time to win ball games. That’s was the Threshers formula to extend their Florida State League northern division lead to two games in a 3-2, walk off, extra inning win over the Florida Fire Frogs at Spectrum Field.
Starting pitcher Edgar Garcia pitcher a strong five innings giving up only a run, on two hits, striking out five. Watch HERE. He used a 93 mph fastball to set up his off speed stuff. It you can get a quality start of three runs or less in six innings you usually win. Garcia, making the transition from the bullpen did just that, only better.
The pen was strong too but the Fire Frogs went ahead in the sixth 2-1 and looked to win it going into the bottom of the ninth. But with a double by Jan Hernandez watch HERE and a RBI single by Herlis Rodriguez, the Threshers managed to tie up the game to go into extra inning.
FSL All-Star closer Jeff Singer came on in the tenth, used three strikeout to shut down the Fire Frogs in the final two innings. Watch HERE.
Then it happened. I alway look at the flags periodically during a game to find the wind direction and it was blowing straight out to left. I knew it was time for a long ball to walk it off.
But Grenny Cumana was at the plate with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning. He had hit only two home runs in his previous 1,178 at bats in the Phillies organization. However, I seemed to recall seeing his first home run back in 2014 in a GCL game at Roberts Field so I knew he could do it!
I looked up and the flags were still blowing out to left on the scoreboard. I was about to yell out “from behind the net” to Grenny to “get one up in the wind”.
But Grenny did not need my “two cents”. He knew what to do with it! He stepped up and put a beautiful swing on a pitch to take full advantage of the conditions. He hit the ball “high” and “deep” and it was “gone”. Game Over! Watch HERE.
Can’t tell you the MLB’s “launch angle’ or “exit velocity” was on it, but it was a majestic drive. The lift on the ball allowed the wind to take it over the left field wall for the walk-off home run.
The blast extended the Threshers lead to two games with 15 games to go in the battle for first place in the first half of the FSL North. Grenny Cumana put his third career home run in the books when it really counted.
Thursday night it was a grand slam by Wilson Garcia that provided the margin of victory. Friday night it was the long ball by Grenny Cumana that walked off the Fire Frogs. Doesn’t get any better than that!
Celebration pictures below: