Clearwater Threshers’ Bailey Falter pitched one of the best games of the early season so far as the Threshers downed the Ft. Myers Miracle 5-3 at Spectrum Field.
Falter needed only 73 pitches over seven innings to get his second win of the season. He now has two of the five Threshers wins after the first eighteen games. He was taken out with one of the lowest pitch counts I can ever recall after seven innings.
Considering Bailey had struck out eight made his pitch count even more amazing. See 7 of his 8 strike outs HERE. His count was helped by the facts he issued no walks, induced a double play, picked off a runner and fielded his position well by getting a couple of assists on balls hit back at him.
His only weak spot was a two-run homer after a double in the second inning.
The Threshers finally broke through in the sixth inning scoring four runs on a base hit by Darick Hall, a double down the first base line by Mickey Moniak and a two-run rbi single by Henri Lartigue. Watch HERE. They added two more runs on a hit by Raul Rivas and rbi doubles by Luke Williams and Arquimedes Gamboa.
The Threshers tacked on a final run in the seventh on a triple by Austin Listi. watch HERE, and a sacrifice fly by Moniak.
Ismael Cabrera struck out two in the eight inning for his second hold of the season. Watch a strikeout HERE. Jeff Singer gave up a run in the ninth but held on for his first save of the season.
The Threshers are much better than their 5-13 record would indicate and they showed it last night in the 5-3 win.