Nothing beats the “big fly” and the Clearwater Threshers have provided them this season. Last night was no exception except that all three home runs came with the bases empty as they went down to a 4-3 defeat in ten innings to the Bradenton Marauders.
The real story is the home run power of the Threshers. As a team, they have hit 12 homers in their first 9 games. The are the only team in the Florida State League to have hit more homers than games played. Unfortunately, most of them have come with the bases empty. This was the case last night as Darick Hall went deep twice and Austin Listi once.
Hall second blast was the longest and highest home run I have ever seen hit to right at Brighthouse/Spectrum Field. It went over the Clarion Inn sign high up on the right field light pole and disappeared somewhere off into the night toward busy Rt. 19. (The Clarion Inn is located 692. ft to the right or south of the sign). I have seen only one similar home run hit in that area. That was by former Thresher Cody Asche who hit the same sign back in 2012 only to have the ball bounce back on to the field.
Hall leads the Florida State League in homers with four and is tied for second in all of minor league baseball after the first nine games of the season. He did not play in one of those games.
In Hall’s last two games he has gone 5 for 8 with three homers to raise his average to .290. Look for Hall to be moving on up to “homer heaven” in Reading with an ETA after the FSL All-Star game which takes place in Tampa, June 16th.
Still the home run power of the Threshers is unique this season. Hall and Listi went back-to back in the seventh inning to tie it at 2-2 and Hall went yard in the ninth to tie it up again at 3-3 to force a tenth inning.
The Marauders pushed a run across in the 10th and the Threshers could not answer in the bottom half. They have lost two games thanks in part to the new extra innings rule in minor league baseball which puts a runner on second to start the tenth inning.
Threshers starting pitcher Mackenzie Mills threw six innings of one run, four hit ball while striking out four. Watch two his strikeouts HERE.
The Threshers went down for the seventh game in a row as they fell to 1-8 on the season. The game Friday night proved a team needs more than just “big flies” and a quality start to play winning baseball.