FSL All-Star Jose Taveras is the ace of the Clearwater Threshers pitching staff. He proved it again Saturday night despite maybe not having his best stuff. Normally a strikeout an inning pitcher, he struck out only two including former Phillie, Peter Bourjos. Watch HERE. and he gave up two solo home runs.
But the Threshers still won 3-2 over the Charlotte Stone Crabs as Jose picked up his fifth win of the season.
Taveras is only the third pitcher in the FSL this year to pitch all nine innings for a complete game win. Though he gave up two home runs to the Stone Crabs second baseman, Brandon Lowe, in his first two at bats, he struck him out his third time up.
Wilson Garcia went deep in the second inning for his second home run in three games to get the Threshers on the board for their first run. Watch HERE.
Then Garcia would get on base by an error by Brando Lowe in the fourth inning, move to third on a double by Cornelius Randolph watch HERE and come in to score on a ground ball RBI by Grenny Cumana. Randolph would score on what turned out to be the winning run on a safety squeeze bunt by Austin Bossart. Watch HERE.
The 3-2 win kept the Threshers two game up in the fight for the first half FSL Northern Division championship over the Daytona Tortugas.
The Threshers magic number to clinch the first half championship in the North is now 13 games. After a rainout on Sunday they play two with the Stone Crabs on Monday night at Spectrum Field.