If the guys on Clearwater Threshers were down over just losing the first half northern division championship in the FSL by one game they did not show it last night. In the first game in the second half they were too much for the Daytona Tortugas as they downed them 9-2 at Spectrum Field.
They were paced by another strong five inning start by Jacob Waguespack, two runs scored each by Emmanuel Marrero and Derek Campbell and a four RBI night by Wilson Garcia.
Waguespack gave up two runs on five hits over five innings to go 3-0 since since joining the rotation five starts ago. In those five starts relying on his 94-95 mph fastball, he has a 1.50 ERA, and 0.88 WHIP striking out 20 and walking only five. Opponents are hitting only .190 against hime. Watch his strikeout on a 95 mph fastball from last night HERE.
Shortstop Emmanuel Marrero has gone 8 for 17 in his last four games including going 3 for 5 and scoring 2 runs last night. Marrero now has his average at the highest of the season at .291. Watch his double HERE.
Second baseman Derek Campbell on the disabled list since the end of last season made his 2017 debut last night. He walked twice, was hit by a pitch singled last night and singled. He scored two runs last night. Watch his base hit HERE. With Reading’s Scott Kingery expected to be called up to AAA, it will be interesting to see how long Campbell stays with Clearwater.
Wilson Garcia is quietly heating up. He has homered in his last two games and has now gone deep four times with 16 RBIs in June. Last night his home run ball appeared to clear the second fence in right and went down into the alligator pond. See HERE. So far this month he is hitting .276 with an .813 OPS.
In other news, the Threshers lost three players yesterday to call ups to Reading and one of them, Ranfi Casimiro, did not miss a beat. After pitching three shutout innings, striking out six in his final appearance for Clearwater earlier in the week, Ranfi went on pitch two more shutout innings, striking out four in his Eastern League debut last night. In his last two relief appearances at two different levels, he has pitched five shutout innings, allowing only two hits, with no walks and striking out ten.