After losing a doubleheader to the team with the worst second half record in minor league baseball on Tuesday, the Clearwater Threshers bounced back with a 3-0 win over the forlorn Daytona Tortugas on Wednesday. The Reds farmhands are now 6-27 in the second half while the Threshers moved to 15-17.
Most of the Threshers better position players have moved on up or are injured while the lineup is littered with players struggling to stay over or get to .200, the dreaded Mendoza line. Pitching is not much better with ace Jose Taveras now pitching in Reading. The chance of getting into the FSL playoffs will be a difficult assignment in the final six weeks of the season.
However, three important players remain from the first half team that came within a game of first place in the FSL Northern Division, Wednesday’s starting pitcher Edgar Garcia, closer Jeff Singer and left fielder Cornelius Randolph. They keep getting better and better. And they came up big again in yesterday’s game.
Garcia pitched the game of his life throwing 6.2 innings of shutout baseball. Watch his five strikeouts HERE for the win. He has been brilliant in his last two starts allowing only one earned run in 12.2 innings while striking out 12 and walking only one.
Singer came on for a seven out save. It was his league leading 19th save of the season. Watch his four strikeouts HERE.
Offensively in the sixth inning, Grenny Cumana singled, then Randolph hit a double sending Cumana to third. Randolph’s double set up Wilson Garcia’s two run RBI double. Watch the highlights HERE.
Randolph hit his tenth homer of the season in the eight inning for the third run. “C” as he is known is now hitting .321 with a .932 OPS in the second half.
Edgar Garcia, Jeff Singer and Cornelius Randolph are three Threshers who just might get a quick look see in Reading before the season ends.. They have earned it!