The Clearwater Threshers have won a number of accolades as one of the best teams in minor league baseball for 2018. They came up short on opening night of all the hype but last night at Spectrum Field they deserved all the praise. Read HERE for more start of the season praise.
They downed the Dunedin Blue Jays 8-0 led by shutout starting and relief pitching, power and clutch hitting, and stellar defense. All facets of a winning game.
Starter Adonis Medina struck out the side in the first inning on his way to five shutout innings to get the win. Watch HERE.
Then the Threshers’ power came into play as Darick Hall, Edgar Cabral and Luke Williams all hit solo home runs in the second inning as they jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Watch HERE.
Any great team adds on runs and the Threshers did just that, led by Adam Haselsey’s two RBI singles in the sixth and seventh innings, watch HERE. Austin Listi hit two doubles in the sixth and eight innings resulting in three RBIs for him watch HERE.
Alexis Rivero and Blake Quinn out of the bullpen threw four shutout innings to cement the 8-0 win.
The Threshers played a strong, error free defensive game led by catcher Edgar Cabral who threw out a baserunner trying to steal second and made a great catch on a foul ball against the netting behind home plate.
You just will not see a well played game with everything clicking very often at any level but last night was one of those times. As Richie Ashburn used “Spalding Guide” to describe plays well done in a game This was one of those games with a lot of them in it!
The four game opening series now moves to Dunedin Stadium 6.3 miles up the road according to google maps for a 6:35 start, Saturday night.